It’s been 10 years now since “The Wonder of Woolworths” disappeared from town centres up and down the country.For many, a trip to the store, which formed an integral part of the High Street furniture, holds fond childhood memories.It became a weekly treat to pop along and scoop up your pick ‘n’ mix sweeties or cut price broken biscuits.Known affectionately as “Woolies”, shelves were crammed with a diverse range of goods from lightbulbs, garden tools and long player records. Generations were kitted out in its own Ladybird children’s clothing range.But the giant retail chain fell victim of the recession and eventually went into administration with the loss of thousands of jobs.News of its imminent shut-down prompted massive queues of customers waiting for the doors to open to pick up a last minute bargain.In Medway there were four branches of the iconic store in Chatham, Strood, Gillingham and Twydall making it the largest concentration of Woolworths in Kent.Jay Kent, the centre manager of the Pentagon, recalls nostalgic trips to the Chatham branch which is now home to Primark.He said :”Everybody knew Woolworths. I remember going there with my mum, dad and nan. For me it was the toy robots which I… Read full this story
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