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Closing time for Woolies

PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010

THE shutters have finally come down on what was one of Britain s most iconic stores. The last 200 of Woolworths 807 stores closed on Tuesday after nearly 100 years of the chain being a fixture of the British high street. Shoppers flocked to the store

THE shutters have finally come down on what was one of Britain's most iconic stores.

The last 200 of Woolworths' 807 stores closed on Tuesday after nearly 100 years of the chain being a fixture of the British high street.

Shoppers flocked to the store's closing down sales last week to pick up what bargains they could from their scant shelves including the fixtures and fittings themselves.

Branches in Bromley and Bexleyheath closed last month but the branch in Sidcup carried out its last day of trading on Monday to sell all of the stock.

When the chain arrived in Britain back in 1909 shoppers flocked to the stores to pick up items costing either three pence or sixpence. It is estimated approximately 27,000 people lost their jobs at the chain when its administrator Deloitte failed to find a buyer.

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