As an established journalist and broadcaster, Jeremy Vine is known for asking questions, but, this weekend, one question around reviving a former high-street brand has led to people sharing their memories of Woolworths.
Taking to Twitter with the challenge, Mr Vine shared an image of four defunct chains – KwikSave, C&A, Woolworths and Blockbuster – with text above it saying “you have to choose one to bring back”.
“I know the answer but I want you to tell me,” he added.
The presenter is yet to reveal what he considers the right answer, but for many, that would be Woolworths.
The popular and much-loved brand – famed for its Pick ‘n’ Mix – closed its final stores in the UK in 2009 after going into administration. This Woolies is not to be confused with the chains in Australia and New Zealand, though, which are managed by different companies and are just not the same.
More than a decade after the doors to Woolworths shut for the last time, people are still keen to see it make a high street comeback:
@theJeremyVine Woolworths, don't know how they would work the pick and mix in todays climate.... Always used to try… https://t.co/cDpXCE1zqi— MADOLDIE (@MADOLDIE) 1625952832
@theJeremyVine Woolworths…..bloody miss this store. Spent hours in it. Pic’n’Mix was heaven...and I got lost in sta… https://t.co/VOdlAKOUg5— Maggie Scarborough (@Maggie Scarborough) 1625953000
@theJeremyVine Woolworths. Kids today will experience the joy of pinching sweets from the pick n mix! Come on we all did it!— PaulMak (@PaulMak) 1625956679
@theJeremyVine Arh the memories, loved my C and A clothes! 🤣but for an all rounder it has to be Woolworths! Imagine… https://t.co/zVyAxFj4Kx— Alison Newell (@Alison Newell) 1625965034
@theJeremyVine Woolworths sold records, so no contest. Rummaging through records for hours, finding some gems, and… https://t.co/iDLtxqNnx6— 🌼Louise🕊Ellis☮Davies💙 (@🌼Louise🕊Ellis☮Davies💙) 1625992631
@theJeremyVine Woollies all day long. I worked at their HQ for 7 years. They were great times. Plus Woollies was a… https://t.co/CTnk4UBhdj— pebbles to sea 🇬🇧 (@pebbles to sea 🇬🇧) 1625953144
@theJeremyVine Woolworths. The wooden floors & behind counter service. Being told ‘work hard or end up working in W… https://t.co/dqLZA9Yekn— Mary Meehan (@Mary Meehan) 1625961729
@theJeremyVine Woolworths, definitely. You could get just about everything there. I had a Saturday job in my local… https://t.co/rsDUa9hnhR— Jan #FBPE 🇪🇺 😷 🏴♎ 🇬🇷 #FBPA (@Jan #FBPE 🇪🇺 😷 🏴♎ 🇬🇷 #FBPA) 1625953522
@theJeremyVine Woolworths. They would have embraced Funko Pop figures, blu rays, table top board games... plus I ca… https://t.co/kt8YtIzKuZ— Alex Sievewright (@Alex Sievewright) 1625954536
We can only dream of its return. One day.