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Wellchester Saviour Branches Out

Clare Robertson June 2012

10:18am 12th June 2012

The woman who helped saved Dorchester's Woolworths store is now branching out to pursue her business dreams.

When the chain collapsed in 2009, Claire Robertson re-opened the store which is now named Wellchester and employed most of the former Woolworths staff.

Now the high street hero has set up her own business to help other aspiring retailers achieve their ambitions, branching out with her own consultancy venture: RRP-UK Realising Retail Potential.

Claire said: "When Woolworths went, I felt the need to keep a small piece of it alive on the high street, and I was passionate about keeping a general retail store in the heart of Dorchester. But although I was instrumental in setting up Wellworths and I was the manager, taking it through the name change to Wellchester and implementing an e-commerce website, I did not have the lease on the store, and I was not actually a stakeholder in the business."

She now wants to realise a long-time ambition to run her own business.

"Over the last three years I have had many requests to help people, but my time was fully taken up, so I am really excited now to be able to get involved," she added. "Yes, this is a challenging time for the high street and for retail in general, but that just makes it all the more important to get everything right."

You can listen to Claire's full interview with Wessex FM here:




Claire can be contacted on 07989 142 045 or by email at


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