The head office is based in South Africa and grew from modest beginnings when the first Woolworths store was opened on Adderley Street in Cape Town. In the more than 80 years since, it has grown into a leading retail group with a strong presence in South Africa and Australia as well as in another 11 countries in sub‑Saharan Africa and in New Zealand.
Woolworths Financial Services (WFS) is a joint venture between Woolworths and Barclays Africa Group, with Barclays Africa Group owning 50% + 1 share. The WFS board is constituted with directors from both WHL and Barclays Africa Group, with direction on credit policy, risk, and funding aspects received from Barclays and direction on customer integration from Woolworths.
From 1 September 2017, we have introduced a new regional structure, WHL Australia, for our Australian businesses, David Jones and Country Road Group.