Iconic store shuts for good

PUBLISHED: 16:02 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

WONDER: The final Woolworths stores have closed.

WONDER: The final Woolworths stores have closed.

THE shutters have finally come down on what was one of Britain s most iconic stores.

THE shutters have finally come down on what was one of Britain's most iconic stores.

The last 200 of Woolworths' 807 stores closed on Tuesday after nearly 100 years of High Street trading.

Shoppers flocked to the stores in their closing weeks to pick up what bargains they could from their fast-emptying shelves, including the fixtures and fittings themselves.

Branches in Bromley and Bexleyheath closed last month but the branch in Sidcup carried out its last day of trading on Monday. When the chain opened in Britain in 1909 shoppers flocked to the stores to pick up items costing either three pence or sixpence. It is estimated approximately 27,000 people lost their jobs when its administrator Deloitte failed to find a buyer for the store.

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