A British high street favourite could be returning to Norfolk after more than 10 years. 

A Woolworths boss has said the brand could be returning to the UK in the "mid or long-term future".

The business fell into administration in 2008, when around 27,000 jobs were lost and 800 stores were closed.

Dereham Times: Woolworths in Dereham in 2008Woolworths in Dereham in 2008 (Image: ©Archant Photographic 2008)

The brand was saved in Germany by HH Holding, which has confirmed that bringing stores back to the UK is on its "bucket list" for international expansion. 

The collapse in 2008 saw stores close in Sheringham, North Walsham, Wymondham, Norwich and Dereham.

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HH Holding chief Roman Heini told RetailWeek: "We have secured all the trademarks for the brand for the whole of Europe, so we could operate if we make the decision and go for it.

"I don’t know of any brands where the recognition will be as high as it is in Britain, without having any stores."

Dereham Times: Customers looking at Christmas confectionery in Wymondham Woolworths on December 3, 1981Customers looking at Christmas confectionery in Wymondham Woolworths on December 3, 1981 (Image: Archant Library)One of the most popular features of Woolworths was the pick 'n' mix station offering a huge variety of sweets.

The stores, which first came to the UK in 1909, also sold toys, clothing, household products and gardening supplies.

The news of Woolworth's possible return follows the announcement that retail chain Wilko could be appearing on high streets again after its collapse last year.