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Wellworths Birthday Celebrations

Friday, March 12th, 2010
Staff enjoying the Wellworths Party
Staff enjoying the Wellworths Party

The staff at Wellworths celebrated their 1st anniversary of opening their Dorchester store last night with a party at the Wessex Hotel.

Friends and local businesses helped them celebrate meeting the milestone with a buffet and a great local band, called Infrasky.

Claire Robertson who worked for the chain for 18 years, reopened the Dorchester store exactly a year ago.

Although she has admitted a weekly sales target of £38,000 has been revised, the store is doing well in view of the recession and was looking to expand.

Woolworths went into administration in 2008. More than 800 stores closed after the chain had debts of £385m.

Claire said:

“It’s been a fantastic year, I would not have changed a minute of it. I can’t thank the staff enough, they have been fantastic.

We had a really good summer with great support from the town and tourists coming down to look at the store. Christmas was brilliant, especially as the one before was really depressing when Woolworths was shutting down.”

Clare Robertson and Chris Evans at last year's Wellworths opening
Clare Robertson and Chris Evans at last year’s Wellworths opening

The range in the new store has also expanded with DVDs, CDs and computer games now on sale alongside old Woolworths favourites like pic ‘n’ mix.

And there could be mire good news in store soon. Clare is now considering opening another store, but she would not be drawn on any possible locations.

“A new store is definitely in our plans for this year. The idea is still in its infancy so watch this space.”

We wish Clare and all the staff at Wellworths the best of luck for their 2nd year and hope that the Wellworths store might be one of many to come.

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