The Sad Side Of Recession

Just back from getting some last minute (in fact all) Christmas presents.  I always shop two or three days before the big day as there are huge savings to be made and with the Pound plummeting against the Euro we need to save all we can.

What I really found shocking was the sight of Woolworths.  This store was part of my Christmas present schedule, they always had the more hard to find gifts and offered fantastic stocking fillers.  This year, with the chain due to shut in the next few days, the scene was truly awful.  The staff seemed to be scurrying around and trying to keep what is now a jumble sale, tidy, they also all know that they face starting 2009 without a job.  How they can continue working knowing that, I will never know.

I took some pictures, I felt bad but as a blogger want to keep the gritty side of recession and what it means as a reminder on this blog.  I do this in the hope that in happier times to come, however far away that may be, we can all look back to this dark day and remember how we felt walking around a sinking ship and remember what we needed to do to survive after.  Sorry not a happy Christmas post, they can be seen on fuelmyblog’s blog.

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Sadly they are also selling the shelves and staff lockers etc:


I can’t find the words, but hope the folks losing their jobs manage to find something fast.

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5 thoughts on “The Sad Side Of Recession”

  1. That’s really sad 🙁 I was at the Woolies in Swanage (south England) a few weeks ago and they have about 6 members of staff, all lovely ladies. It was chaos. I really hope they find something else quickly. I hope that they were given at least some something from the company to tide them over until they find work … however I sincerely doubt it.

  2. The TG and I went to MFI the other day and the scenes were just as sad ……. over the years we had got to know some of the staff there. We didn’t hang about – it was very depressing ………

  3. Tis indead sad. Woolworths is an institution and the High Street just won’t be the same without them.

    Let’s hope we don’t get too many of these …

  4. We went in to Woolworths today to get to where we had parked the car, it was horrible, it was almost as if the shop had been broken in to by raiders and everything had been stolen.

    I can remember going to Woolworths on the weekends with my parents when I was little and then they had a cafe, it is a shame that a store that has been around for 100 years has to close down and no doubt another bric-a-brac shop will open in it’s place!

  5. Just heard that Whittards have gone in to adminstration… love that shop … I had only just recovered from The Pier’s demise on top of Woollys news … 🙁

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