The Wo- of Woolies makes a brief comeback in Rhyl
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While Llandudno mulls the loss of its Alworths, the former Woolworths in nearby Rhyl is trying to make an unexpected comeback.
As captured by Dave Roberts, above, part of the B&M Bargains sign has fallen off, exposing the old Woolworths signage underneath.
Perhaps the store’s High Street frontage is taking a leaf out of the West Parade side (below), where I noted the still-present Woolworths signage when I visited eighteen months ago.
As my George Rye example from August 2009 showed, fallen-off signs are often fun in revealing little bits of retail history that might otherwise be forgotten. In this particular case, the exposed Woolies sign also reminds us of why B&M is succeeding where Woolies failed – by minimising its costs, and doing as little as necessary to get its new stores open and trading in record time.
Still, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in some stronger adhesive…