When the Shopping Was Good
Woolworths and the Irish Main Street
For generations of Irish shoppers a visit to their nearest Woolworth store was regarded as an essential part of a day's outing. Barbara Walsh presents a lively and entertaining account of this distinctive chain-store's retailing style in Ireland and its impact on the Irish Main Street.
Richly illustrated with over 70 images from every corner of Ireland, north and south, this study will intrigue and entertain readers of all ages.
Based on unique primary sources, each chapter brings readers both nostalgia and drama. The narrative tells of changed shopping habits, lifestyles and retail working conditions – but also carries tales of gunmen and boycotts, trade wars and lock-outs, corporate collapse and recovery strategies for almost one hundred years of trading in Ireland: 1914 – 2008.
Offering building blocks for more specialist studies, this book presents a comprehensive account of the impact made by one of Ireland's most iconic shopping experiences.
The story of Woolworth's unforgettable ice cream, the pick 'n mix sweets and music departments that became a legend, Hollywood-style cosmetics, Christmas toys and decorations, haberdashery, tools and hardware will stir memories for many people.
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