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Calendargirl Sun 10-Oct-21 10:28:21

Woolworths.

And before anyone says “Well, if only people had used it more”.

But I did.

Only this morning, made some tomato soup and blitzed it up with a hand held blender, bought from there for about a fiver.

The bedding on the spare bed is from there, the bath and hand towels in the bathroom also.

Reasonable prices, good quality, nearly always found a bargain when I went in.

The old store is now a B&M type store, very useful, but I still miss Woolies.

Marmight Wed 13-Oct-21 08:33:59

DanniRae

Marmight - the Woolworths in Croydon is the one I used to go to. Right from a child until a few years ago when Mr R and I started going to Bromley.

It was in the road at the end of Surrey Street market. I was at The Old Palace school but moved away when I was 12. Never been back to Croydon since! Funny the events from way back which stay in one’s memory. Obviously buying a first bra was a Big Event 🤣

DanniRae Tue 12-Oct-21 17:28:18

Marmight - the Woolworths in Croydon is the one I used to go to. Right from a child until a few years ago when Mr R and I started going to Bromley.

Buttercup1954 Tue 12-Oct-21 16:59:14

BHS

Sheilasue Tue 12-Oct-21 15:39:02

Yes I miss it too.used to get my nephews little pressies for Xmas from there. I had a glass fruit bowl, my mum had it for years and I remember her giving it to me. Sadly I dropped it and it shattered.

Callistemon Tue 12-Oct-21 11:17:17

Woolies is alive & kicking in Australia. Its a huge supermarket and also, separately, a Woolies as we knew it selling just about everything you need and more that you don’t know you need! I love going there when visiting DD.

Yes, Big W is always a port of call for me as well!
I bought some clothes there last time.

Big W opened near here in the UK but unfortunately didn't last long. I think The Range took over the site.

Summerfly Tue 12-Oct-21 10:52:14

I remember the clear box filled with peanuts. It was heated and the nuts were warm when we bought them.
I remember my darling mum telling me that everything used to be sixpence in Woolies. She bought a frying pan there. It lasted for donkeys years.

Marmight Tue 12-Oct-21 10:30:48

Woolies is alive & kicking in Australia. Its a huge supermarket and also, separately, a Woolies as we knew it selling just about everything you need and more that you don’t know you need! I love going there when visiting DD.
I bought my first bra in Woolworth in Croydon on the way home from school aged 11, egged on by my friend Gaynor Wenham. 🤣. I didn’t need one (it was pale green if I remember correctly). I loved the stationery dept. full of notepads and newly invented ‘biros’.

Beswitched Tue 12-Oct-21 10:17:49

All the newsagents/sweetshops are disappearing where I live. So many memories of hanging around my local one having a free read of that week's comics.
I suppose the supermarkets all sell newspapers and magazines and stationery and sweets nowadays, so another bit of the past on the way out.

Shropshirelass Tue 12-Oct-21 10:04:44

Our old Woolies was great, it is now a Factory Shop but it isn’t the same. I loved their roses. You could get anything from Woolies, I often go into the FS and come out without anything.

hollysteers Tue 12-Oct-21 09:40:50

Lyons corner shop. I used to frequent the Lyons in a lovely building when I first started work in the city centre. Something nice and old fashioned about it.

Notagranyet1234 Tue 12-Oct-21 02:09:11

Habitat - I used to think that it was the bees knees in my early 20s. I longed to be married and choose wine glasses and other furnishings. Instead I made do with buying gifts for my friend's weddings from there.
Eventually I did marry but sadly couldn't afford to shop there once I had to give up working.

Oofy Tue 12-Oct-21 00:05:26

I remember being taken to Kardomah Cafe for tea as a big treat when out shopping with Mum and Grandma when I was little.
Bought DD’s school uniform from Woolies till she went to secondary school and they had a green uniform which Woolies didn’t stock, we had to go to a named stockist, such a rip-off.
I miss the old-style shoe shops where someone who knew about shoes would measure your feet and bring out ones which might suit. They have closed one by one around here, though I think there are still a couple in the city, don’t go there often, it’s a bit of a traipse.
Anyone else remember “loose” salted butter from the grocer’s and biscuits loose in large cube-shaped tins?

Callistemon Mon 11-Oct-21 23:09:48

I can remember when Woolies sold food as well; there was a deli counter at the one where I lived when I was a young adult.

Woolworths still thrives in Australia as a supermarket and they still have Big W too which is like our old Woolworths.

Daisydaisydaisy Mon 11-Oct-21 20:06:51

Hi there
I think that Wilkinson's is pretty similar smile

lemongrove Mon 11-Oct-21 20:01:54

inishowen

As a teenager my friend and I went to Woolies for our tights and makeup. Then to the top floor canteen for a cheap lunch. If we had any money left we'd go into the photo booth and take daft photos.

I think you must have been my friend in the 1960’s 😁
The tights were always American Tan.

lemongrove Mon 11-Oct-21 19:58:23

StephLP

Galaxy

This is really tragic but I miss Little Chef, I never see them in the motorway anymore.

Little Chef pancakes!! Never found any that taste as good.

Yes, our children all loved a ‘pancake stop’ on our journeys.

lemongrove Mon 11-Oct-21 19:57:12

Agree, sad that Woolworths went, also Debenhams and C&A and BHS too.
Anyone here remember Gamages ( in Holborn) ?

Joesoap Mon 11-Oct-21 19:52:15

I loved Woolies we had a huge store in Liverpool,I think it was the first Woolworths store in the UK,it was a fabulous store for everyone.

Elvis58 Mon 11-Oct-21 18:22:57

C and A great store.
Laura Ashley.
Fish and chips cooked in lard.

Ladyleftfieldlover Mon 11-Oct-21 18:13:55

A few years ago just as Little Chef was about to hit the fan, I was driving my son back to Manchester University. We were on the M6 and it was coming up to lunchtime. We decided to have a final Little Chef cooked breakfast. All the other cafes at the service station were packed. Not Little Chef. They cooked to order but it was fresh, hot and delicious.

StephLP Mon 11-Oct-21 17:52:56

Galaxy

This is really tragic but I miss Little Chef, I never see them in the motorway anymore.

Little Chef pancakes!! Never found any that taste as good.

queenofsaanich69 Mon 11-Oct-21 17:12:57

I remember when I got pregnant a girl I worked with said “you have years of presents from Woolies ahead of you “ funny
memory.

Arto1s Mon 11-Oct-21 17:03:37

I live in California and really miss Mervyn’s. It was like a very upscale Target.

Daisend1 Mon 11-Oct-21 15:25:27

Such small pleasures in life but well recall a saturday morning standing in a queue at a local market stall with my eightteen year old cousin while she hoped to be one of the fortunate few who managed to buy such a rarity as 'nylon' stockings. 'I was very patient what ever the weather with the promise of an 'ice lolly' .

Susieq62 Mon 11-Oct-21 15:12:41

I worked as a Saturday girl in Woolies, Western Road, Brighton and in the school holidays. I was on the shoe counter so we sold flip flops ( I can still smell the rubber) , plimsolls, shoe laces, polish etc. If you worked on the biscuit counter you could eat the broken biscuits and you earned “ dirt money” on the fruit and veg counter! It was a great learning curve plus a subsidised canteen ! Great memories in 1965-7