Dear Old Woolworths!


woolworthsn It was a sad day last month for the people of St Albans when one of their beloved shops, Woolworths, closed for the last time.

They said goodbye to the Pick n Mix, the toys, the cards and all those other interesting items which occupied this colourful store.

I spoke to an elderly couple who attended the closing down sale and asked what this means to them.

The lady replied ‘We have been coming here for so many years. This is where I come for my cotton reels and other sewing items. Now I am not sure where to get all those kind of things in one store. We are very sad about this store closing down. I hope they open another department store in its place.’

pic-n-mixnChildren loved Woolworths for its happy atmosphere and well displayed variety of toys. Woolworth’s products were affordable and fun! Woolworth’s vouchers were a favourite amongst many families.

It was said that the closing of this store would have happened eventually, with or without the credit crunch. Whatever the reason, and whatever our taste in shopping, it is rather sad to pass the empty store on St Peter’s street. A piece of history has passed with it.

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on