Thursday, March 12, 2009

Former Woolworths manager opens ‘Wellworths’ in Dorchester, Dorset

I love this story! It just goes to show what one person can do: New store fills Woolie gap A former Woolworths manager has opened a new store to fill the gap left by the demise of the national chain. Wellworths, in Dorchester, Dorset, is the brain child of Claire Robertson, who re-hired 20 of her former colleagues to run the shop. The 34-year-old had previously worked for the high street chain for 18 years before it was one of the 815 that closed after the chain went into administration. (link via Claire Robertson is a perfect example of an enterprising businesswoman and she deserves a lot of recognition for her idea that has defied the recession. I also love the clever name change - Wellworths - nicknamed ‘Wellies’ (Woolworths was called 'Woolies') which also enhances the attraction of the store. Well done, Claire!


  1. Good for her! I really admire people like this. xx

  2. I was looking at next week's Radio Times and noticed that on BBC1 Thursday 2nd April at 9.00pm is a programme 'How Woolies became Wellies:One Woman's Fight for the High Street' which is all about this. xx

  3. Cool - thanks for letting me know, Flighty! I will be sure and watch the programme.