Woolworths shop reopens as WellworthsFormer Woolworths shops opens as Wellworths today

11 March 2009

Woolworths store front

A former Woolworths store will reopen under the name 'Wellworths' today.

Wellworths - nicknamed ‘Wellies’ – is being run by the manager of the former Woolworths store, Claire Robertson.

Wellworths in Dorchester, Dorset, was one of 815 Woolworths stores which closed after the chain’s collapse in November 2008.

New life for former Woolworths 

The new Wellworths shop has Pic 'n' Mix sweets but has abandoned CDs, DVDs and children's clothing.

Its new lines include a craft and pet section with a stronger focus on products by local firms.

Check out how local shops and big high street named fared in the recent Which? survey of high street shops.

Wellworths manager opens store

Claire Robertson recruited 20 of the former Woolworths shop staff to join Wellworths, which is being officially opened by DJ Chris Evans and Dorchester town crier Alistair Chisholm at 10am today.

Ms Robertson had worked for Woolworths for 18 years, having managed the Dorchester store for the past five.

She said: ‘Dorchester was always a profitable store. The sales were always good even though Woolworths as a company wasn't profitable.’

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