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Woolworths could be back

Former MD Tony Page says a bricks and mortar Woolworths has 'a role in the future' of retail

Almost 10 years since the UK high street stalwart shut its doors for the final time, Woolworths could be poised for a comeback.

The retailer’s former MD, Tony Page, confirmed he has approached Shop Direct to buy back the brand name, which he says he is 'still emotionally attached' to.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Tony’s vision for the future of Woolworths, which he believes 'has got a role in the future,' is bricks and mortar retail with a focus on local town centres instead of large, high-rent shopping centre locations.

'The stores that really used to do well were those that were at the heart of the community, rather than being in the big shopping centres,' he explained.

Shop Direct purchased the Woolworths name after the 800 stores entered administration in 2008. The online retail group has since combined Woolworths’ online presence with its successful Very.co.uk brand. This has prompted Tony to approach the online retail giant.

He said: 'I have contacted Shop Direct and said "you're not using the brand anymore, would you consider giving it to someone who would?"

'They have taken the website down, so I'm curious now as to what might happen next because I still think the brand has got some propriety in spite of what happened in the past. I feel as though if the brand name was available it would still be a possibility to bring it back.'


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