"Woolies, originally, was
only the part on corner of Princes Street where Burger King is now,
they then took over the property next door which I am sure was
Palace Cinema, about 1955."
"My mother worked in
Woolies as a cleaner for about 25 years. Her hours were 7am to
11am. As a cleaner you had to work up through the ranks. She
started in the main shop then graduated to the restaurant. The
next step was the Staff Canteen, then you graduated on to the Holy
of Holies, the Offices."
"Woolies were a great
company to work for with lots of long- serving staff. I remember
my mum was a Guest of Honour at a long serving Dinner Dance for, I
think, who had served 20 years, and also when she retired.
Her work friend, throughout
that time, was Agnes Cassidy who lived in St James Square before it
was pulled down, then she moved to Gilmerton. She had a son,
Tommy, who was in the 15th Waverley Scouts and it was his Baden
Powell hat which was passed down to me."
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire,
Scotland: November 4, 2009