IT was the place you always knew you could turn if you wanted your passport photo sorting and a big bag of pick 'n' mix.

But now it's been 10 years this week since Woolworths, or Woolies as it was often more affectionately known, closed it's doors in Warrington.

The home of everything from toys to kitchen and dining equipment, gardening supplies and sweet treats was one of the country's oldest chains.

But around Christmas 2008, it was announced it was laden with debt and at the time it collapsed it owed £385m.


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Store closures across the country left 27,000 people out of a job at the start of 2009 and 815 empty stores on the high street.

Warrington Guardian:

How Sankey Street looked in the 1970s

Since the collapse, the majority of units have been taken over by discount chains with Warrington's shop on Sankey Street now the home to Poundland.

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The low-cost store owns the biggest number of ex-Woolworth premises, followed by food chain Iceland and discount homewares store chain B&M Bargains, according to research company Radius.

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