The Decline of Woolworth...What Happened? The Beanie Babies Fad - Big and Bad? 1 year ago   11:07

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Woolworth was one of the largest retailers of their time and today are completely gone, in the U.S. anyway. This video profiles their rise and fall, while trying to provide reasons for all of it.

*Note: The scope of this video is limited to their presence in the U.S. They were also big in the U.K. but that's a story for a different day.

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Big.Fella
Woolworth racist segregation history.
timothy feitosa
You should do one on Caldor
Military Mom
I definitely remember both Woolworths and Woolco. Woolworths was one of the mall entrances, and I still have a pie plate I bought from one of the Woolworths downtown when my kids were very small🙂
The merchandise in Woolco was low quality, yet the prices were not. That may have contributed to their demise....
Ren Marie
I've seen a Woolworth in Mexico, based on the name I thought it was a fabric store.
susan lash
I grew up with Woolworths in the 60's. Best memories are shopping at the Woolworths in San Francisco during Christmas buying Christmad candy nd dinning on grilled cheese sandwiches at their lunch counter.
Jerome Wright
I think sticking with the original model would have worked. Look at all the Family Dollar and Dollar General stores .
Knowledge is my Game
I think I saw a FW Woolworth Co in Camden NJ. But I think it's just there to preserve history
Trena Jackson
Woolworth's was located on state street in Bristol Virginia / Tennessee state lines
Vick
"Kenneys" turned into Foot Locker? I remember Kenney Shoes, at the time, I loved their shoes and didn't care for Foot Locker. Now maybe I'll check one out. There used to be a Woolworth's just down the street where I grew up and it was always a treat to go there for odds and ends. If I went with my Dad or grandmother, there was always a chance we'd grab ice cream (or a sundae, if I whined enough) at the sit down ice cream counter.
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There is Woolworths in South Africa.
Rusty StoneZebra
We took the bus downtown on Saturdays and shopped at Woolworths and Kresges - yarn, makeup, clothes, jewelry, hair accessories, toys and lunch!
Fly by night
What happened? KMart, then Walmart came along. In 1970 I was 4, but i remember the smell when you walked in. Popcorn and cotton candy. The lunch counter with the old fashioned seating. The waitresses wore that white and pale blue uniform with the little paper tiara on their heads. That's where we got our school supplies and mom always had a reason to go. When it closed, I was shocked. I just thought theyd be around forever. But thank god for wonderful memories.
Dillon Haggett
Never even mentioned Woolworths in Australia
KEDAR RA
DO CALDOR
Lin Bee
I remember the Woolworth on Jamaica ave in Queens Village, it closed around 94/95.
TheAnubis57
Sad to know that 40 or 50 years from now (2060-2070) people won't fond memories of stores like Woolworth, Sears, Radio Shack , Toys R Us, etc because today there is nothing like them at all. BTW, I love the design of their old time store fronts of Woolworth and even the modern/art deco look of Woolco too.
Rob C
Five and Dime stores were the Original Dollar stores before the dollar became worth about 5 to 10 cents.
David Lacy
I remember going to Woolworth's with my mom in the 70's. The store had an older atmosphere than KMart or JC Penny. I did not enjoy being dragged around town shopping; however, I could get a soda or ice cream at the lunch counter with my brother while mom shopped .
The Michael
See, I thought Kinney's Shoes was bought out or changed to PaylessShoe Source. And for some reason, in my child brain during the 1970s, I thought Woolworths and Montgomery Ward merged or something like that. What I do like is the kind of financial and accounting archeology that you do in these videos. One video suggestion I would like to pitch is the Revco drug store and how that changed to Rite Aide.
David Arditti
There was a Woolco built in my home town, Bournemouth, England, about 1970. I think it lasted 10-15 years. It was part of a shopping centre called the Hampshire Centre, touted as the biggest in the UK (or Europe?), and Woolco was about 90% of it. Clearly an attempt (a unique one for the time?) to import a US retail concept to the UK, it was built on the US model, totally uncharacteristic for Britain then, on the edge of a town, all on one floor, a vast, plain shed surrounded by vast car parks. Traditionally, British department stores were glitzy and on many floors, in the centres of towns. I thought it was quite interesting, as a young kid, but it obviously didn’t work in the British context. I think it had a cheap and amateurish feel compared to the traditional department stores in Bournemouth. Woolworths had this feel also, but ‘Woolies’ were in town centres, and accessible to everyone, whereas Woolco felt isolated. But now of course the ‘posh’ town-centre department stores are failing too.
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