Woolworths revival plan still needs funds

Former Woolworths managing director Tony Page has visited Wellworths in Dorchester as part of his ongoing plan to revive a Woolworths-style chain.
Page is impressed by the success of Dorset’s new variety store, set up by former Woolworths manager Claire Robertson after the local branch closed. He himself is hoping to keep the Woolies spirit alive on a somewhat grander scale by buying dozens of the defunct chain’s old stores and converting them into an updated version of Woolworths.

He, along with former Woolworths commercial director Steve Jebson and former head of stores and concessions Andy Latham, is trying to secure funding of up to £10m to open 200 stores in five years.

Page had originally hoped to buy the Woolworths name, but was pipped at the post by the Shop Direct Group.

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