The American shopping phenomenon began in the second half of the 19th Century.
Selling cheap items, from upturned packing cases instead of counters and wrapping purchases in newspaper to keep costs down, Frank Woolworth's store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, thrived. The first shop opened in the UK, in Liverpool, in 1909 and they rapidly spread until most towns in Britain could boast a Woolworth's.
Then it all changed. In November 2008, the company in the UK went under with the loss of 27,000 jobs.
But few people over 20 won't remember being tempted to buy in Woolworth's and the value it offered.