On October 7th our General Assembly will be held once again back at the Polivalent , Murla. Doors open at 10:00am and after the Association business John Hopwood will talk about “The history of Woolworths and their family”.
As a brief introduction I would outline that Frank Winfield Woolworth had humble beginnings, being born on a small farm in Watertown New York State. He opened his first store in the US in 1879 and 33 years later Woolworths was incorporated, raising 65 million dollars – in today’s money 1.75 billion - half of that went to Frank. In 1909 he opened his first UK store in Liverpool. At the height of the UK business there were more than 1,700 stores and more than 5,000 throughout the world.
In 1913 he commissioned the Woolworth building – the then tallest building in the world - which he paid for in cash! It sounds as if we are in for a very interesting talk about a retail empire before Amazon!