Woolworths, a landmark on the UK high street, is closing down. Russell Davies writes a beautiful little post here on how he will miss it (not just despite but positively because of its shambolic blandness).
It got me wondering...how can we measure and reflect (beyond profitability) the cultural and nostalgic value of businesses? If the worlds of art and business are forever converging, how (beyond spending more money) can people like Russell and me contribute to the survival of an icon we value?
I don't really know what I'm arguing for here. I just know I agree with Russell...I will miss Woolies too, even though I rarely ever spent money there.
It also reminds me of a great post over at Seth Godin's blog on the need to support businesses you value with word of mouth because you'll regret keeping them to yourself when they fold.