IS THE END IN STORE FOR WOOLWORTHS? Queues as closing sale sparks buying frenzy
A HUGE crowd gathered outside Woolworths in Ashford on Thursday morninghoping to get their hands on a bargain.
The store postponed opening until 9.15am while shop workers prepared for the rush.
As soon as the doors were unlocked the crowd surged inside, hunting down Christmas bargains in the closingdown sale that saw many items reduced by up to 50 per cent.
By the end of that day many shelves were bare after the buying frenzy.
The future of the shop, which has been in Ashford’s High Street as long as most people can remember, is uncertain after administrators were called in to the chain.
Deloitte, the administrators, have so far been unable to find a buyer for the debtridden store.
Up to 30,000 staff across the country, including those at the Ashford High Street store, are fearing for their jobs and many customers are bemoaning the demise of the store that occupies such a prominent site in the town.
See next week’s paper for a special report on the history of the Ashford store.
Pat Smith and her 2s 6d Woolworths fairy still going strong