A ‘fresh’ start for Woolworths at Lifestyle Centre?

Today’s Mecury newspaper ran an interesting story regarding the Woolworths at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito. It seems the current owner of the franchise store has been ordered to cease trading in December 2013 when his lease comes to an end at which point the franchise agreement will also end and not be renewed.

While the issues between the owner and Woolworths  will continue to be thrashed out it does mean that there is hope for a new, fresh and fully stocked Woolworths in Ballito. It seems as if Woolworths themselves will take over the premises and bring the full backing of the company to their own location in Ballito’s Lifestyle Shopping Centre.

Great news? We think so. We’re sure we’ll see an improved line of food products held by the leading shopping chain and while space may be limited there should be an improvement in the fashion and clothing stocked by Woolies. So what is it that you’d like to see when Woolworths take over the store at the end of next year? Share you wants and wishes and we’ll keep you posted on any news we hear about what is to come.

We’d love to hear your comments on this interesting news.





  1. Molly Robinson

    12/11/2012 at 18:46

    Will not be shopping at Woolworths, regardless….

  2. fleurish

    12/11/2012 at 19:32

    I 2nd that Molly!

  3. Marge Wakelin

    12/11/2012 at 20:09

    Too late now.

  4. John Dee

    12/11/2012 at 20:21

    What get my cash either that’s for sure. Sick of all this BEE crap.

  5. cassandra ferreira

    12/11/2012 at 21:41

    Are they going to employ ‘white’ people??

  6. Priscilla Dunlop

    13/11/2012 at 05:52

    Why Cassandra Ferreira? Are you looking for a job??

  7. nicola mcconnachie

    13/11/2012 at 09:22

    It’s about time!!!! There is a good market in Ballito and Woolworths is doing the right thing by giving it a fresh start.

    Please look at opening a store like gateway as Ballito residents have to trek all the way to Umhlanga to find anything half decent. Their is a huge potential for ballito residents and woolworths to benefit from this.

    Also look at a store like Cape Town Constantia where a instore bakery and cheese deli is in the store!!! Us Ballito people are just as equal as those posh Capetonians.

    Please give us an amazing store- we would LOVE LOVE it!!!!!

  8. Natalie Griese

    13/11/2012 at 09:40

    Haha, all these whiteys still sulking over a complete non-event regarding Woolworths employment policies, shame.

    Back to what the article actually asks: yes, Ballito residents would love a store that functions as well as Umhlanga, that stocks decent clothing and other retail products. I wrote a letter and circulated a petition some months back about the very issues addressed in this article, so I am encouraged to see something has actually been done. Restores my faith in Woolworths. A deli counter, skincare and makeup, different designers showcasing their clothing, childrens clothing – it would all be nice-to-have, we look forward to this, although Dec 2013 does seem like a lifetime away.

  9. Denise Strydom

    13/11/2012 at 10:14

    I will not be shopping there any more!!!!! To late now! Will they employ “white” people and give me a chance?

  10. Karen

    13/11/2012 at 10:17

    Woolies stuff is over-priced, we are paying to support all the Woolies account-holders. Together with their EE policy??? I never shop there,
    I can get great quality fresh fruit and veggies from elsewhere that cost less as they do not carry a Woolies label. On a blind trial recently, the Woolies products came out in 3rd place!! Pity the people who utilise Woolies as their status symbol! More money than intellect.

  11. Silvia

    13/11/2012 at 10:21

    Seems a long time to wait for a better shop…why not make it January 2013 seeing as the store has not been stocked or run properly for years!

  12. Chan

    13/11/2012 at 11:21

    Yes please – if u can’t bring a large “all-purpose” Woollies store to Ballito, then perhaps just a really good food store with a full deli/coffee shop etc? As for the other woollies in Ballito off Simbithi Dr. In Checkers ctr (just as useless) – maybe make that one clothing/home decor! Their stock is just as bad!!! I agree that Dec 2013 is too far away but rather then than never!?

  13. Paolo

    13/11/2012 at 11:51

    Too late the horse has bolted to the other chains and just as good if not better. I agree the the majority of you guys…

  14. Queen Noligwa

    13/11/2012 at 11:54

    It’s pathertic how some other white people reason about BBBEE issue.

  15. DJ Ewan

    13/11/2012 at 13:46

    This is great news from the retailer. I travel between Ballito and Umhlanga a lot and walking into a Woolworths store south of Ballito, causes me to stagger at times, a person can hardly believe the difference in stock levels, variety, and presentation standards. I have no idea what the wording in the franchise agreements looks like, but it must surely need a review since the Ballito franchise was awarded, because the licence here should have been revoked a long time ago. A lot of damage to the brand has been done, and it will take time to be rebuilt in the minds of consumers who should not really have to be concerned about the operating policies of a chain like Woolworths.

    2013 will be a long year…

  16. Antoinette Nel

    13/11/2012 at 16:38

    I AGREE!!! A very badly stocked store
    It would be nice to have a variety of clothing and food !!
    Like the one in gateway!!!!

  17. paul

    13/11/2012 at 21:05

    about time woolies took over , as lifestyle is a classy and clean and safe mall to walk around in ,its neaty and tidy clean and safe and has top stores , the other one is terrible unfinished and needs a facelift its a insult to woolies, yet agree with alot of people fruit and vegg great market and super quality , personal touch and just what the town was built on , lifesyle is superb

  18. Leigh-Anne

    14/11/2012 at 09:07

    A great foodstore is what I would love to see! Ballito certainly has the market for a fully stocked food market, in house bakery and cheese counter. A really nice coffee shop and maybe an in house florist ….

  19. dionne

    14/11/2012 at 14:21

    What welcome news! Fabulous to see Woolies take back control of its quality and product integrity in Ballito!

    For those people who remain ignorant of Woolworths employment policy – they are one of SA’s most loyal employers of both white and black people with Disabilities – shame on you for making a judgement based on hearsay and speculation. Ignorance is the same reason that violent strikes happen and is the biggest cause of job losses in this country.

  20. Isabel Roos

    15/11/2012 at 06:32

    Looking forward to a “Fresh, well stocked Woolies”! Ballito Lifestyle Centre deserves the best!

  21. Angela Moynihan

    20/11/2012 at 10:45

    I happened to be in Ballito on an occasion and called on the Woolworths in that miserable dark centre can’t recall the name. Apparently it is the same owner. I swear he keeps back the fresh
    items until the old sell by’s have nearly sold out. I bought rye bread that was stale in a couple of days and also rocket. I swore never to go back again. This owner is not doing Woolworths any favours and he should be tossed out of that store as well but I heard he owns the centre.

  22. Dominic Symes

    07/12/2012 at 08:16

    Both woolworths stores in Ballito are shocking. I am not suprised as they owned by same person and same shareholder that built the “disaster”Ballito bay Mall.
    I dont support either. Spar checkers and the new pick and pay will do the trick.

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