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No, Woolworths Is Not Returning To The UK's High Streets

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 27/10/2020 Sara C Nelson
a group of people walking down a street in front of a store: A Woolworths store on the High Street in Bearwood, Birmingham stands empty and not in use one year on from the company ceasing trading one year ago © PA Archive/PA Images A Woolworths store on the High Street in Bearwood, Birmingham stands empty and not in use one year on from the company ceasing trading one year ago

Social media was abuzz today with rumours that High Street favourite Woolworths was returning to the UK. 

An unverified Twitter account claiming to be run on behalf of the variety store retailer that went into administration in 2008 teased a return, claiming it was “here to save 2020”.

The household name, which sold everything from chocolate bars to toasters and televisions, collapsed into administration amid the global financial crisis and Britain’s economic downturn. An estimated 27,000 people lost their jobs as the store – affectionately known as “Woolies” – closed its doors. 

The Twitter account asked for feedback on what people want from a physical store and promised to make further announcements and provide chances to win gift cards – to a joyful and nostalgic response pleading for the return of pick n’ mix and Ladybird clothes. 

But rats were sniffed and a dolorous fact-check has put paid to that. Once the stores closed down, Woolworths online accounts were migrated to new owner Very, to whom the news of the resurrection was a complete surprise.

After keeping HuffPost UK waiting for more than an hour, a Very spokesperson said: “We own the Woolworths trademark in the UK. The Twitter account UKWoolworths is not connected to The Very Group.”

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