IS THE END IN STORE FOR WOOL­WORTHS? Queues as clos­ing sale sparks buy­ing frenzy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

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.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey PD1521604

Pat Smith and her 2s 6d Wool­worths fairy still go­ing strong

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