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F. W. Woolworth Company

F W Woolworth Company
Company nameF. W. Woolworth Company
FateName changed in 1997 to Venator Group, and in 2001 to Foot Locker, Inc.
HeadquartersNew York, NY, USA
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, consumer electronics and housewares
SubsidiaryWoolco (defunct 1982 in the U.S., Canadian stores sold to Wal-Mart in 1994)
Woolworths Group plc (separate 1982)
Woolworth GmbH (separate 1998)
Kinney Shoe Company (acquired 1963), now Foot Locker (successor)

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The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's or Woolworth, or even Woolsworth) was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. The first Woolworth store was founded in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with a loan of $300, in 1879 by Frank Winfield Woolworth. Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its decline beginning in the 1980s. The chain went out of business in July 1997, when the company decided to focus on the Foot Locker division and renamed itself Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, changing its name to the present Foot Locker Inc ( ).

Retail chains using the Woolworth name survive in Germany, Austria, Mexico, South Africa and, until the start of 2009, in the United Kingdom. The similarly named Woolworth's supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand are operated by Australia's largest retail company Woolworths Limited, a separate company with no historical links to the F.W. Woolworth Company or Foot Locker, Inc. However, Woolworth's Limited did use the name from the original company, as it had not been registered or trademarked in Australia at the time.

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More on “Cheap Toys” - Gifts & Decorative Accessories (blog) Tweet this news
Gifts & Decorative Accessories (blog)--This ability to produce and purchase in mass quantities by the new national and regional retail chains (think -FW Woolworth-) led inexorably to a reduction in the costs of production and the use of price as a sal - Date : Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:43:09 GMT+00:00
Target names first 105 Canadian locations, picks spots in all 10 provinces - Winnipeg Free Press Tweet this news
Winnipeg Free Press--The -FW Woolworth Co-. started the Woolco chain in the early 1960s in Columbus, Ohio and expanded it to hundreds of stores in North America and the United Kingdom. The stores went bankrupt in the United States and Britain in the 1980s - Date : Thu, 26 May 2011 18:08:19 GMT+00:00
Zillow To Use Stock Symbol Z; A Look At Wall Street's Alphabet - Forbes (blog) Tweet this news
Forbes (blog)--The online real-estate -company-, which recently filed for an initial public offering, has disclosed it intends to trade under the stock symbol Z. Stock market history buffs will remember that Z used to be the symbol for -FW Woolworth-, whi - Date : Mon, 23 May 2011 20:08:01 GMT+00:00
Zillow Will Break NYSE Grip on One-Letter Tickers - Bloomberg Tweet this news
Bloomberg--Z had previously been used by Foot Locker and three predecessor companies -- Venator Group Inc., Woolworth Corp. and -FW Woolworth Co-. -- since 1925. “We couldn't be more excited” about Zillow's plan to adopt the letter, said Rob - Date : Fri, 27 May 2011 16:55:04 GMT+00:00
Pomerleau closes deal to bring Panera to Burlington - Tweet this news Pomerleau of Pomerleau Realty confirmed Wednesday that he had finalized a deal with the national chain to lease 4400 square feet in the -FW Woolworth- Building on Church Street, formerly occupied by Old Navy, which moved to W - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:41:43 GMT+00:00
Haverhill building eyed as comic-book hall of fame - Eagle Tribune Tweet this news
Eagle Tribune--The building, considered by many to be Haverhill's leading eyesore, has sat vacant at the corner of Merrimack and Main streets since -FW Woolworth Co-. closed it in the 1960s. The Greater Haverhill Foundation bought the building in 200 - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:24:59 GMT+00:00
Panera signs Church St. lease; Outdoor Gear Exchange eyeing former Old Navy space - Tweet this news Sherman, -co--owner of The Outdoor Gear Exchange on Cherry Street, confirmed Wednesday his -company- is in negotiations with Pomerleau to occupy the remaining space on the 20000-square-foot first floor of the -Woolworth- buil - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:12:26 GMT+00:00
Justice served at lunch counter - CANOE Tweet this news
CANOE--GREENSBORO, NC -- The sign reads "-FW Woolworth Co-." in gold letters on a red background, like every Woolworth store we remember. It looks as if the old five-and-dime hasn't changed since Woolworth closed it in ... - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 18:10:54 GMT+00:00
History time: Frank Norton explains 1940s, 1950s in JP (Part 2 of 3) - Boston Globe Tweet this news
Boston Globe--At 678 Centre St., The -FW Woolworth Company- served the neighborhood with inexpensive clothes, household goods, sewing supplies, linens, plants, pet supplies, paper goods and recorded music, according to the JPHS. Part of an occasional seri - Date : Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:09:21 GMT+00:00
Panera Bread coming to Church Street in Burlington - Tweet this news in 1981, Panera has 1453 -company--owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada. Pomerleau built the building that Panera is expected to occupy some 45 years ago to house an -FW Woolworth- - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:36:11 GMT+00:00


CompanyF. W. Woolworth �s * Kinney Shoes * Woolco * Foot Locker * Eastbay * Champs Sports * Other Divisions & Namesakes
BuildingsWoolworth Building * Winfield Hall * Winfield House * Shadow Lawn * Wilmington Store * St. Louis Office * Other Buildings
CultureWoolworth v. Contemporary Arts * Seafoam salad * Love at the Five and Dime * Woolworth gun
EventsChamps Sports Bowl * Foot Locker Cross Country
Civil RightsGreensboro sit-ins * Nashville sit-ins * Civil Rights Museum * February One * Ezell A. Blair, Jr. * Clarence Harris * Lexington Store
FamilyF. W. Woolworth * Barbara Hutton * Lance Reventlow * Cheryl Holdridge * Poor Little Rich Girl

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