Hopefully this article won't start a tirade of negative comments but that's a risk I'll have to take. Yes it's a shame that Woollies is no more, but that's hardly the new enterprising owners fault now is it. No doubt they won't be paying full whack for the lease but good luck to them for being able to negotiate it, albeit only until September from what TonbridgeBlog hears. There I was walking past the shop this morning without really the time to go in and have a good look; so I thought that I'd just pop in to see if it was as bad as some people, including some commenters on this blog, had made out. Ok it wasn't Harrods, or even M&S for that matter, alright not even Robert Dias but was it really all that bad? Any worse than Poundstretcher? or those other cheapo shops down most High Streets these days? They have actually got hundreds, if not thousands of different lines, mostly for a quid! It's almost impossible to go in there and not buy something. I had absolutely no intention of spending anything at all in there and even a tight sod like me still came out minus a fiver. So I won't go in there every day or even every week, but shops like these do have their place; and anyway where are the up market retailers queueing up to take on the Woolworth's lease? It'll probably be quite a few years before that happens. What did I buy? well, very boring, but I needed some bubble envelopes for the shop. In the Post Office, where I bought some recently, a pack of 5 will set you back £3.59. In Woollies Pound Emporium they were, yes you've guessed it, one pound. There is a PS to this story and it's a good job I don't embarrass easily: when I handed over my tenner to pay I was met with a "Sorry Sir but we can't take this!" on closer inspection I'd tried to pay with an old style, out of date £10 illegal note. So that's it, the slippery slope: I've been refused service in the Tonbridge pound shop!!..