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Ex-Woolworths boss plans second Wellworths in Dorset

11 March 10 08:29 GMT

The manager of a former Woolworths store in Dorset - rebranded Wellworths - is hoping to open another store.

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

She had admitted a weekly sales target of £38,000 had been revised but said the store was 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.

Ms Robertson 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."

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.

Ms Robertson 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."

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