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First Alworths to get smaller

THE nation’s first “son of Woolworths” store is to move to premises less than half the size, just nine months after opening.

Alworths, which opened in Didcot in November 2009, is to downsize to a smaller store 100 yards away in the Orchard Centre, to make way for Curry’s.

Last week, the chain opened its tenth UK store, in Alloa, although Didcot remains the only one in Oxfordshire.

Managing director Andy Latham, above, a former Woolworths boss, said: “Our Didcot store was acquired on a short-term lease. It was great value to us at the time, however our landlords have now secured a long-term tenant.”

The current store will close on Sunday, August 8.

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5:03pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Diddy OX says...

If the managing director of alworths was a little more honest he would admit this the last throw of the dice for the Didcot store it just can't compete with sainsburys, the 99p store, Wilkinsons or Argos!.
If the managing director of alworths was a little more honest he would admit this the last throw of the dice for the Didcot store it just can't compete with sainsburys, the 99p store, Wilkinsons or Argos!. Diddy OX
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7:24pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Berty says...

It's a miserable shop full of really low quality plastic items. Sadly not a match for the old woolies. I found it a depressing experience, especilly the day a woman sat in a kiosk by the door trying to drum up customers for the "sell us your gold" bandits.
It's a miserable shop full of really low quality plastic items. Sadly not a match for the old woolies. I found it a depressing experience, especilly the day a woman sat in a kiosk by the door trying to drum up customers for the "sell us your gold" bandits. Berty
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7:54pm Fri 30 Jul 10

online_reader says...

I've had some nice children's things from there, I rather like it. They have a different range to everyone else which I appreciate. Can't imagine why anyone would find it more depressing than sitting on a dirty plastic chair waiting for their number to come up in Argos.
I've had some nice children's things from there, I rather like it. They have a different range to everyone else which I appreciate. Can't imagine why anyone would find it more depressing than sitting on a dirty plastic chair waiting for their number to come up in Argos. online_reader
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9:47pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Berty says...

Um, because I don't sit in the dirty chairs at the Didcot branch, I use the Abingdon one, which has your item ready in 2 minutes and has some lovely wooden chairs :)
Um, because I don't sit in the dirty chairs at the Didcot branch, I use the Abingdon one, which has your item ready in 2 minutes and has some lovely wooden chairs :) Berty
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