Old Woolworths shop celebrates 100,000th customerWellworths bucks the trend of a grim high street

23 June 2009

Woolworths store front

Former Woolworths store Wellworths has celebrated its 100,000th customer after just three months of trading.

The Dorchester-based store was one of 815 Woolworths shops that closed when the iconic chain went into administration last November. Manager Claire Robertson re-opened the store under the Wellworths name in March.

The continued success of Wellworths is proof that local shops have a place in customers’ hearts. Which? Local boasts hundreds of recommendations of top shops in your local area from Which? members – check them out, or tell others about your own favourites.

Wellworths bucks the trend

Wellworths' success story could be a rare one however, as it was revealed that up to 35,000 shops could close this year - following in the footsteps of Woolworths, Zavvi and MFI.

The grim prediction came from surveys of British town centres by Experian, to be broadcast on tonight’s BBC Money Programme. Walkden in Greater Manchester, Harwich in Essex and Gateshead in Tyneside were named the high streets with the most vacant shops, with almost 60% of store premises standing empty.

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