A Woolworthâ€™s branch in Germany has decided to stop selling Christmas decorations because it has now become a self-proclaimed Muslim store. The department store, whose Christmas ads were once a thing of childhood nostalgia, has desperately tried to distance itself from the branchâ€™s statement, but the damage has been done for many shoppers.
The store, which is located in the town of Dortmund, pulled its entire stock of Christmas-themed products from the shelves earlier this week. When asked why, manager Seda Capakcur told local media: â€śWe are a Muslim business now. We do not want to sell Christmas articles.â€ť
Capakcur explained their Christmas items sold poorly last year and only took up space on the shelves, claiming that â€śeverything remained unsold.â€ť
News of the Christmas ban spread quickly throughout social media, prompting concerned longtime customers to demand an explanation from Woolworthâ€™s. Spokeswoman Diana Preisert insisted that the company itself is not Muslim and claimed that the Dortmund store made its decision based on demographics.
Citing â€ślocal conditions,â€ť Preisert claimed that northern Dortmund is mostly populated by Muslims who have replaced the Christian customers that used to visit Woolworthâ€™s. City officials estimate that the neighborhoods surrounding the store are only 29.2 percent Christian, with the other 70.8 percent having other religions or no affiliations.
Watch a vintage Woolworth’s Christmas ad below: