Woolworths is 'set for come back to UK high streets next year'

Woolworths is 'set for come back to UK high streets next year'

WOOLWORTHS is set to make a comeback to UK high streets next year after more than a decade, it has been claimed.

Woolworths, known for its pick n mix range, collapsed into administration in 2008.

The retailer's 800 UK stores then closed in January the following year, with about 27,000 employees made redundant.

But in an announcement on a Twitter account named Woolworth UK today, it said: "Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!"

The account said Woolworths is returning to the high street with three trial stores due to open in late 2021, but it didn't confirm where these will be located.

It added: "Very owns the online Woolsworths, so we will be retail only.

"Before we launch we have a few legal contracts to sign, but we’re super excited!"

The announcement was made on an unverified Twitter account, so The Sun is confirming the claims it and will update this story as soon as we know more.

However, scores of Twitter users pointed out there are spelling mistakes in the tweets, casting doubt on the authenticity of the messages.

Woolworths opened its first UK store in Liverpool in 1909 and became a much-loved fixture in high streets across the UK.

Woolworths is set to come back to UK high streets next year

In 2009, Littlewoods owner Shop Direct bought the trademark and sold to customers online through Woolworth.com.

The company ran the retail site but closed it six years later in 2015 and merged it into its Very brand.

In April 2017, former Woolworths director Tony Page hinted that the Woolworths brand could return to the high street.

He said: "I am still emotionally attached to it. I still think it has got a role in the future."

He said that while he envisioned that it would still be a physical shop, Woolworths – nicknamed Woolies – could be better as being part of the community, rather than in shopping centres.

But the attempt to resurrect Woolworths was then criticised by retail experts, who said the superstore belonged in the past.

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