Worksop – Store 178

60 – 62 Bridge Place, Worksop, Notts

We are into 1925 now, and the first Woolworths to open in this year was in Worksop. There are no photos of the store from the early years. This photo is from the 1970s after the store had a makeover with oversized letters.

Worksop Woolworths 1971

Worksop Woolworths 1971

Source: Worksop Guardian

There was an article from January 2009 in the Worksop Guardian with some memories from former employees:

Pensioner Sheila Jordan, 75, worked for seven years in Worksop’s Woolworths when she was a teenager and now her granddaughter faces unemployment having lost her job there.

“It used to be a great place to work, with a lovely atmosphere,” said Sheila, 75. “I started in 1948. I went there to work at Christmas, and they kept me on,” she said.

Sheila began working in the jewellery and toiletries department when she was 15-years old, before moving on to the ice cream parlour. Husband Stan said he first spotted his wife when she was working there. “I used to pop in and have a look and I thought ‘that’s for me’,” he said.

Sheila even starred on the front cover of Woolworths’ in-house national magazine when she was 19-years-old. “I was delighted when they picked me,” she said.

Mr Jordan said the whole family was really disappointed at the news of the closure. “You don’t expect a company like Woolworths to go,” he said.

Granddaughter Katy Jordan, 20, had been working in the offices for Woolworths for six months, and is now out of work. “We were all really disappointed when we heard it was closing,” said Katy, “We just kept thinking it wouldn’t happen. I think some people thought it could have been saved.”

Source: Worksop Guardian

Bridge Street was pedestrianised in 1989, and I am guessing that was when the Priory Shopping Centre was built. Woolworths stayed in its location on Bridge Place but had a rear entrance on the shopping centre side (pictured below).

Worksop Woolworths 2008

Worksop Woolworths 2008 (rear entrance)

Source: Sheffield History Forum

The store closed in December 2008, and it became a B&M. This is the front entrance.

Worksop Former Woolworths - B&M

Worksop Former Woolworths – B&M

And this is the rear entrance.

Worksop Former Woolworths (rear) - B&M

Worksop Former Woolworths (rear) – B&M

Source: Ballysundriven

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Maidstone – Store 177

52 – 56 Week Street, Maidstone, Kent

Woolworths opened in the Kent town of Maidstone in 1924. The building had an Art Deco faience front, but not heavily decorated. The below photo was taken in June 1937, soon after the coronation celebrations of the earlier month – there is a Union Jack flag still up on top of the building.

Maidstone Woolworths 1937

Maidstone Woolworths 1937

Source: Historic England

The store was a large one and it had a cafe at the back. In 2005 this Woolworths had a 10/10 refit, and the cafe was removed – thank you to former Assistant Manager Andrew Hamilton for that information. He remembers an amusing incident at the store – one evening a stoned shop-lifter was running towards the doors, not realising that the doors were closed. He smashed straight into one so hard, his nose left a mark that took weeks to buff out.

Maidstone Woolworths 2008

Maidstone Woolworths 2008

Source: Potter A.

The store closed in December 2008. It was split into two units, and now Poundland and Deichmann trade from there. If you are ever shopping in Maidstone, take a look above these stores and admire the Woolies Art Deco architecture.

Maidstone Former Woolworths - Poundland Deichmann

Maidstone Former Woolworths – Poundland Deichmann

 

Kentish Town – Store 176

329-333 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ

Woolworths opened in Kentish Town in North West London in 1924, on Kentish Town Road. It was located directly across the road from Kentish Town Train and Underground Station.

Kentish Town Woolworths 2008

Kentish Town Woolworths 2008

Source: Katy

Here is an extract from the Camden News with a memory from a customer who remembers it from her childhood:

“We used to get a ha’penny and I used to get a bag of broken biscuits – me and my brother would share them,” said Mrs Govier, from Haverstock Hill. “That was 80 years ago.”

Mrs Govier, who was looking for a bargain in the stripped aisles, said she has shopped at Woolies every week for most of her life but hadn’t been able to visit recently and was shocked at the state of the store.

“It’s sad,” said Mrs Govier of the store, which has been a permanent fixture in her life. “If you wanted anything they sell it. You want knitting needles, cards, cotton, sweets or paint – you always spend more than you want to when you come in.”

Mrs Govier, Age 83 at 31/12/08, Camden News

Apparently in 1999 this Woolworths had a £1 million makeover. Less that 10 years later the store was to close.

Kentish Town Woolworths 2008

Kentish Town Woolworths 2008

It closed in December 2008. In August 2009 a Sainsbury’s Local opened here, which still trades today. It is one that I visited many times when I worked down the road from here. There is actually no remnants at all of it being a Woolworths!

Kentish Town Sainsburys - 2014

Kentish Town Former Woolworths – Sainsbury’s

 

 

Tottenham Court Road – Store 175

20 – 21 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 0BU

Woolworths opened their 175th store in London on Tottenham Court Road, as known as Bloomsbury. The building was designed by an outside architect called Peter Dollar.

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths 1965

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths 1965

In the 1970s there was a huge redevelopment scheme of Tottenham Court Road, and the buildings, including Woolworths, were demolished and replaced by a large office block and retail development. Below is a photo of the store after it had closed and ready from demolishment. There are some great photos of Tottenham Court Road before the redevelopment here.

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths ready for demolition 1972

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths ready for demolition 1972

Source: Pinterest

The Woolworths store was where the Hi Fi/Sony Centre and the Samsung Centre are today.

Tottenham Court Road Former Woolworths - Brian's Hi Fi and Samsung Centre

Tottenham Court Road Former Woolworths – Brian’s Hi Fi and Samsung Centre

Source: Soult G.

Dundee – Store 174

48 – 60 Murraygate, Dundee, Angus DD1 2BD

Woolworths opened in Dundee up in Scotland in November 1924. Initial plans were to face this building in cream-coloured terracotta but the plans were abandoned.

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

In the 1939 the building was updated to become a three-storey one with a faience front.

“I can remember Woolies in the 60s when they still had the original old wooden counters, but around the beginning of the 70s the store was modernised and got itself some new open plan style rack shelving.

One of the relics from the old store they kept going, however, was the huge weighing machine tucked away in the corner beside the photo booth. A big red & silver thing it was, a penny a go.

Another memory from the 70s I always associate with Woolies were the budget priced “Top Of The Pops” albums with glamour girls on the LP covers. 12 chart hits for 60p or something. For that price though you didn’t get the original artists, oh no, these were 2nd rate rogues imitating our favourite pop groups. The work of session musicians in fact, and they were mince!

Oh yes, and get this, I was once thrown out of Woolies when aged around 12/13. I was in the Murraygate store just having a look around, probably been there for 15/20 minutes, when this frumpy middle-aged wifie (the floor-walker) came over to me and escorted me to the door. Was I stealing? No. Causing a scene with a shop assistant? Nope. My crime, she told me on the way out, was “being in the shop too long”. What the…??!!!”

Source: Retro Dundee

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Source: Pinterest

“‘We’ll cut through Woolies,’ was a welcome statement by my mum, coming at the end of a joyless eternity of staring at rolls of fabric in Smith and Horner’s.

I don’t think sometimes we even stopped in Woolies as we ‘cut through’ on our way to the bus – in the Murraygate entrance, through the shop, up the wee stair and out the back door into the court, then through the pend to Albert Square.”

Memory from Neale E.

The store closed in March 1984 and John Menzies moved in. They were bought by WHSmith in 1998 and I assume that is when this store closed and became a Tesco on the ground floor with JJB Sports on the upper floors.

Dundee Former Woolworths - John Menzies

Dundee Former Woolworths – John Menzies (1987)

Source: Retro Dundee

Today Tesco Metro operates from this building, but if you look up you can see the 1930s Woolworths architecture. The JJB Sports floors are To Let in this photo, but today Intersports trades from here.

Dundee Former Woolworths - Tesco Metro

Dundee Former Woolworths – Tesco Metro

Source: Ballysundriven

High Holborn, London – Store 173

8 – 13 High Holborn, London WC1V 6DT 

In 1924 Woolworths opened their next Central London store in Holborn. It was a new building designed by Constantine & Vernon, the location being on High Holborn on the junction of Grey’s Inn Road, by Chancery Lane tube station.

High Holborn Woolworths 1925

High Holborn Woolworths 1925

The shopfront was interrupted by the entrance to the upper-floor showrooms and offices of Morton Sundour Fabric Ltd and W.T. Copeland & Sons Spode China. I’m assuming they were numbers 14 – 18 High Holborn.

On the 8th May 1940 the building was hit during WW2, and the top floor was hit. This photo shows the aftermath with glass and rubble scattered on the pavement.

High Holborn Woolworths 1940

High Holborn Woolworths 1940

High Holborn Woolworths 1940

High Holborn Woolworths 1940

After the war ended, a new store was erected with a curtain-wall facade. It was L-shaped, with a back entrance on Grays Inn Road.

High Holborn Woolworths 1960

High Holborn Woolworths 1960

Source: Roll the Dice

The store closed in June 1986 and the building’s upper floors had a change of use to residential flats. The building was reclad in bricks. The Woolworths store itself was split into 3 units. On the High Holborn side there is Dorothy Perkins and Holland and Barratt.

High Holborn Former Woolworths - Dorothy Perkins Holland and Barratt

High Holborn Former Woolworths – Dorothy Perkins Holland and Barratt

Source: Soult G.

On the Grey’s Inn Road side, the unit is occupied by Argos and it is on this side that you can see evidence of it being a Woolworths with the black at the bottom.

High Holborn Former Woolworths Grays Inn Road entrance - Argos

High Holborn Former Woolworths Grays Inn Road entrance – Argos

Sources – Historic England and Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street by K. Morrison

 

Eastbourne – Store 172

97-101 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, Sussex

In the 1920s, Woolworth’s headquarters in London would receive nomination letters every day, suggesting a town where the chain should open. One of those towns was Eastbourne, for which the architects created a rather grand design. The store opened in 1924 on Terminus Road.

Eastbourne Woolworths 1924

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1924

Source: Woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

This photo was taken in the 1950s – we can tell by the number plate on the bus. In 1955, a second Woolworths store opened in Eastbourne in the old Regal Cinema building at 143 Seaside (Store 849)  – I’ll cover that store in a separate blog post.

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Source: Godfrey G., Flickr

According to locals on The History of Eastbourne Facebook page, the back doors opened up on to Tideswell Road. There used to be an alley that ran along the left side of the store to this road. In 1980, the Arndale Shopping centre was built behind the shops on Terminus Road, and the back of the Woolworths store was knocked through to the new shopping centre.

Eastbourne Woolworths is not on the 2008 store list, so it closed before the company went into administration.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland at 97-99, and Thomas Cook is at 101.

Eastbourne Poundland 2011

Eastbourne Poundland and Thomas Cook, Terminus Road, 2011

Source: Fawcett Mead

York – Store 171

2 Spurriergate, York YO1 1QS 

Woolworths opened in York in 1924, with a store on Spurriergate.

York Woolworths 1924

York Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

It was located next to the Picture House on Coney Street – you can see Woolworths on the far left of this photo.

York Woolworths 1930s

York Woolworths 1930s

Wooworths was severely damaged by bombing in the Second World War. A decade later, in 1955, the old Picture House was demolished and work started on extending the store. The new larger branch opened in November 1957. It included a Diamond Bar café.

York Woolworths 1957

York Woolworths 1957

Source: Historic England

The new store went across Spurriergate and Coney Street, as it was on the changeover point of the two roads. The building was actually 2 Spurriergate and 41 – 43 Coney Street combined. So some locals refered to the store as ‘Coney Street Woolworths’.

York Woolworths 1959

York Woolworths 1959

In May 1966 the store opened for the very first time on the Whitsun bank holiday. The “experiment” was declared a success. In August 1977 former boxer Henry Cooper met shoppers instore during a promotional tour of Yorkshire, and in August 1979 singer Lena Zavaroni, swamped by teenage fans, handed out autographed records at the store.

Former assistant manager Peter Taylor worked here in the early 1980s with store manager Ray Marriot (who is celebrating his 90th birthday next month!). He remembers everyone getting a day off when Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married. The stockroom was in the basement and backed on to the River Ouse, so it often flooded. As a result, the bottom three shelves of the stockroom were not used.

York Woolworths (inside) 1982

York Woolworths (inside) 1982

In this below photo you can see two road signs on the building – the far left sign said ‘Spurriergate’ and the middle sign said ‘ Coney Street’. These signs are still present today.

York Woolworths 1986

York Woolworths 1986

In 1986 this Woolworths had a £500,000 refurbishment, which saw it closed for six weeks. This is a photo of the store during the refurb.

York Woolworths 1986

York Woolworths 1986

In May 1986, there was a grand reopening. This is a photo of store manager Brian Fairburn with Miss York, Jade Campbell.

York Woolworths Reopening 1986

York Woolworths Reopening 1986

And this was the marketing director Mike Sommers at the opening.

York Woolworths Reopening 1986

York Woolworths Reopening 1986

In September 1987 Woolworths employees at York were told to work part-time or quit! The wrangle over Sunday opening continued into the early 1990s. A handful of major shops, including Woolworths, decided to regularly open on Sundays from 1992.

York Woolworths 1991

York Woolworths 1991

The store announces it was to stop selling vinyl record singles in June 1994. Former EUK rep Alex Wood for the York store in the 2000s remembers it also being the regional office. He says they had the most amazing wood panelled offices on the top floor, light oak coloured. But not as impressive as the wood panelled offices in WHSmith next door, which were Victorian!

York Woolworths 2006

York Woolworths 2006

Source: Emily and James

York Woolworths closed down in January 2008, earlier than the closure of the whole chain. They had received an offer for the building that could not be refused, which was why it closed.

York Woolworths 2008

York Woolworths 2008

Source: York P.

Shortly after closure, Boots moved into the building where it still is today. If you are ever shopping in York, take a look above the Boots store and admire the 1950s Woolworths architecture.

York Former Woolworths - Boots

York Former Woolworths – Boots

Sources: Most of the facts, dates and photos are from this excellent York Press article.

Smethwick, Birmingham – Store 170

63 – 65 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, West Midlands B66 4SF

Woolworths opened its 170th store in Smethwick, which is a town 4 miles west of Birmingham City Centre. It opened on Cape Hill and it looks like it was a small store from this photo.

Smethwick Cape Hill Woolworths 1980s

Smethwick Cape Hill Woolworths 1980s

The date is closure is unknown, but looking at the above photo, that might possibly be a red ‘Closing Down’ poster in the right window with the date Sat 28 Sept, and on the upper floor could that be a For Sale sign? Closure in the 1980s when Kingfisher took over is more than likely.

Today the building is occupied by TSB Bank.

Smethwick Cape Hill Former Woolworths - TSB

Smethwick Cape Hill Former Woolworths – TSB

Hull, Hessle Road – Store 169

306 – 310 Hessle Road, Hull, Yorkshire HU3 3DX

Woolworths opened its second store in Hull in 1924. It was on Hessle Road, which in the 1920s was a busy out-of-town shopping destination. There were trams running through the street, as well as trains and boats nearby. The 1936 Hessle Road Directory lists F.W. Woolworth at numbers 308 – 310, so it would seem an extension into 306 happened later.

Sadly there are no photos of the Woolworth store on Hessle Road, and we don’t know the date or year that it closed.

We do know that when this Woolworths closed, it became a grocery store called Jacksons Stores. In 2004 Sainsbury’s bought them – it initially traded as Sainsbury’s at Jacksons. Eventually it became a Sainsbury’s Local, which is still is today.

Hull Hessle Road Former Woolworths - Sainsburys

Hull Hessle Road Former Woolworths – Sainsburys

Source: Ballysundriven

Paisley – Store 168

14 – 16 High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Woolworths opened on Paisley High Street in Scotland in 1924. Again I have no early photos of the store, just this one where we can gather there was a store makeover in 1969, with the oversized ‘Woolworth’ letters experiment on the fascia.

According to a local Facebook group, the tallest man in Paisley (who was 7ft tall) was working here as a store detective until the store closed in 1988.

Paisley Woolworths 1969

Paisley Woolworths 1969

Source: Historic England

After Paisley Woolworths closed, the unit was subdivided and became a WHSmith and an Etam store. Etam stores closed down nationwide and now that unit is Sports Direct.

Paisley Former Woolworths - WHSmith and Sports Direct

Paisley Former Woolworths – WHSmith and Sports Direct

Source: Ballysundriven

Boston – Store 167

22 Strait Bargate, Boston, Lincs

Woolworths opened in the small market town of Boston in 1924. Unfortunately I cannot find any old photos of the store, just this photo from when the store was closing in December 2008.

Former employee Matt Fox started his retail career at this store and he remembers it having a huge shopfloor with an even bigger warehouse and back of house area. The turnover was £5 – £6 million a year, this was in the 90s – 2000s. The store was in a great location, right in the centre of the town centre.

Boston Woolworths 2008

Boston Woolworths 2008

Source: Croft R.

The store became a branch of QD stores, but this has since closed.

Boston Former Woolworths - QD Stores

Boston Former Woolworths – QD Stores

Today Poundstretcher is in the building with a Pet Hut inside.

Boston Former Woolworths - Poundstretcher

Boston Former Woolworths – Poundstretcher

 

Stirling – Store 166

7 – 13 Port Street, Stirling FK8 2EJ

Woolworths opened in the Scottish town of Stirling in 1924. It’s original location is unknown, but in 1962 they moved to numbers 7 to 13 Port Street, adding a 1960s shopfront to an older building. The fascia had pale grey Saivo mosaic, with red and gold lettering and a projecting illuminated Woolworth sign (see on the far right on this photo). The structural columns were also clad in the mosaic. (Source: Woolworth’s 100 years on the high street – Morrison K.)

Stirling Woolworths 1970s

Stirling Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

In 1977 the Thistles Shopping Centre opened and Woolworths moved into there. The Port Street building is now occupied by a Bank of Scotland branch.

Stirling Former Woolworths - Bank of Scotland

Stirling Former Woolworths – Bank of Scotland

Source: Citylets.co.uk

42 Orchard Croft, Thistle Centre, Stirling FK8 2EE

The store inside the Thistles shopping centre kept the store number 166. This was what Woolworths looked like inside. It closed in December 2008.

Stirling Woolworths 2005

Stirling Woolworths 2005

Source: Emily and James

Today H&M is in it’s place.

Stirling Former Woolworths - H&M

Stirling Former Woolworths – H&M

Source: Soult G

Scarborough – Store 165

23 – 26 Westborough, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Woolworths opened in Scarborough in 1924 on the main shopping street called Westborough. We don’t know much about the early years of the store, but from these photos we know there was a 1960s makeover. The store was rebuilt to a large size, the length of it going down Vernon Road. We can tell this photo is from the 1970s when Woolworths experimented with oversized letters.

Scarborough Woolworths 1970s

Scarborough Woolworths 1970s

Source: Johnstone Press

Here the logo has been updated to the ‘modern’ 1980s one.

Scarborough Woolworths 1986

Scarborough Woolworths 1986

Source: Lane K.

In 1990 the new Brunswick shopping centre was built next to Woolworths, and the front of the store had a skin put on top to match the style of the shopping centre. The store was kept open during this makeover, with an entrance to the side on Vernon Road. In this photo, if you look at the side of the building on the left of the photo, you can see it is the same building with the same windows as the above photos.

Scarborough Woolworths 2009

Scarborough Woolworths 2009

Source: Godley S.

The store closed in December 2008 and became Poundland.

Scarborough Former Woolworths - Poundland

Scarborough Former Woolworths – Poundland

Redhill – Store 164

3-7 High Street, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1RE

Woolworths opened on Redhill High Street in 1924, two doors down from a public house (The Junction). You can see it below on the left side of this 1933 photo, the second shop in.

Redhill Woolworths 1933

Redhill Woolworths 1933

Source: Francis Frith

Here is a later photo from 1955, from another angle. Woolworths is on the right side and unchanged from 1933.

Redhill Woolworths 1955

Redhill Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

There are no more photos on the internet, but they expanded into the shops next door, so it spanned from 3 – 7 High Street. I would guess this happened in the 1970s when the high street was redeveloped.

In the 2000s, Redhill Woolworths was chosen to be a 10/10 trial store, which meant trying out the blue and red fascia and ‘ Woolworths’ in lower case as seen below. Personally I never liked this look. It was also a ‘Christmas store’ when head office would mock up what Christmas would look like instore when it was actually July.

Here it is on it’s last day of trading, 27th December 2008.

Redhill Woolworths 2008

Redhill Woolworths 2008

Source: ephotozine

Today the building is occupied by Wilkos, looking a lot brighter now the grime has been painted over!

Wilko Redhill

Wilko Redhil

Chester – Store 163

37 – 43 Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LL

Woolworths opened in the historic city of Chester, near Liverpool, in 1924. They took over a genuine timber-framed building.

Chester Woolworths 1960s

Chester Woolworths 1960s

In 1961 an extension was made to the right in half-timbered English oak. The sales floor was linked at the back of House of Bewley and Kardomah.

Chester Woolworth 1961

Chester Woolworth 1961

The store had a mezzanine cafeteria that had a glass screen bearing the city’s coat of arms. The cafeteria gave direct access to the city walls and offered a view over the cathedral gardens.

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Chester Chronicle

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Woolworth Museum

The store closed sometime in the 1970s or 80s. Today Next and New Look are in the buildings.

Chester Former Woolworths - Next and New Look

Chester Former Woolworths – Next and New Look

Woolworths came back to Chester in the 2000s on Foregate Street, as store 1237. This was the one that closed in December 2008, becoming  Primark.

 

High Street Kensington – Store 162

201 – 207 Kensington High Street, London W8 6BA

In 1924 Woolworths opened in another prominent London location – High Street Kensington. The purpose-built building had a large cinema frontage finished in glazed cream marble brickwork.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1924

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1924

From 1954 the Kensington regional offices were on the upper floors.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1940s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1940s

Woolworths moved from numbers 201 – 207 and relocated along the high street in the 1960s. Today the building has been split into three retail units.

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths - Robert Dyas, Octavia Foundation, Travelbag

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths – Robert Dyas, Octavia Foundation, Travelbag

54 – 60 Kensington High Street, London W8 4QZ

In the 1960s, Woolworths moved to 54 – 60 Kensington High Street, to premises formerly occupied by Barker’s.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1960s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1960s

Source: The Library Time Machine

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1970s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1970s

The store closed in 1984 along with the Oxford Street branches. Today you will find Uniqlo and Zara in its place.

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths - Uniqlo, Zara, Topshop

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths – Uniqlo, Zara

Oxford Street – Store 161

311 Oxford Street, London W1R 2EA

Woolworths finally made its first move into the West End of London in 1924.  It was a direct challenge to Selfridge’s bargain basement, and positioned on the south side of Oxford Street – the less desirable side – opposite John Lewis and some distance to the east of Selfridges.

Oxford Street Woolworths 1924

Oxford Street Woolworths 1924

The building was designed in 1923 and completed in 1925 when the upper floor office suites were advertised for rent. Some of the offices were used by Woolworths as their regional Metropolitan office. The building closely resembled the new Liverpool Church Street store but the central feature was sub-divided. (Source: Woolworth’s 100 years on the High Street ; K. Morrison).

Oxford Street Woolworths 1937

Oxford Street Woolworths 1937

Source: The Guardian

The store included a big restaurant in the basement, a dedicated food hall with wines and spirits on the first floor and a huge range of toiletries, tourist items and jewellery on the ground salesfloor.

Oxford Street Woolworths 1950s

Oxford Street Woolworths 1950s

Source: Historic England

Oxford Street Woolworths 1957

Oxford Street Woolworths 1957

Oxford Street Woolworths 1980s

Oxford Street Woolworths 1980s

Source: Soult G.

In 1984 the store was sold when Kingfisher took over, with the aim to raise funds. Since then the building has been occupied by Burton, Tesco and Waterstones.

Oxford Street Former Woolworths - Tesco

Oxford Street Former Woolworths – Tesco

Today it is a Uniqlo store, and if you look up, you can see the original Woolworths architecture, and it looks like the upper floors are now retail floors with some colourful lighting effects. Looks good.

Oxford Street Former Woolworths - Uniqlo

Oxford Street Former Woolworths – Uniqlo

 

Burnley – Store 160

104 – 110 St James Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1PA (No.33 from 1977)

The 160th Woolworths store opened in Burnley on 12th July 1924 at 104 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Source: Woolworth Museum

Burnley Woolworths

Burnley Woolworths

Source: Wade R.

The store was extended three times, firstly on 1st May 1927, then on 9th November 1935 and finally 17th November 1958, taking over the neighbouring Victoria Theatre to extend to 104-110 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

The buildings on St James Street and the Victoria were demolished in 1955 (the buildings to the right of Woolworths in the above photo). Woolworths extended their premises on to the site of The Vic’s entrance. They stayed here until 1977. This building became a JJB Sports shop but today it is a DW Sports Store.

Burnley FormerWoolworths - DW Sports Stores

Burnley Former Woolworths – DW Sports Stores

On 25th May 1977 Woolworths relocated along the road to a new-build precinct store at 33 St James Street, now known as Unit 2 of the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Source: Jay D.

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Source: Wade R.

The store was converted to the comparison format on 27th March 1987 and reduced in size on 18th November 1991.

In 2004 it was modernised and converted to the latest 10/10 format.

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Source: Kapp A

Finally in December 2008 the store closed down. After Woolworths closed, the building was occupied by the 99p Store, until Poundland bought the company. Today Wilkos is in the building, relocating from their previous premises on Curzon Square.

Burnley Former Woolworths - Wilko

Burnley Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: Google Street View

 

 

 

Carlisle – Store 159

98 – 104 English Street, Carlisle, Cumberland CA3 8NE

Woolworths opened in Carlisle in 1924, though the location of this first store is unknown. In 1933 they relocated to English Street. The old workhouse had been sold to Woolworths, Burtons and two other retailers on a 99 year lease, and together they designed this building that was made of red sandstone. The corner store was Burton, and Woolworth was on its left. Later the store was extended to Victoria Viaduct, creating an L-shaped store.

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Source: Emily and James

The building had ‘Woolworth Buildings’ engraved at the top. Carlisle was the district/area office, so I’m assuming this was why. According to a former employee, Carlisle store had the scariest area manager ever!

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Source: Heritage and History

The store closed in December 2008, and it became a B&M store.

Carlisle Former Woolworths - B&M

Carlisle Former Woolworths – B&M

Source: Stopford A

The great thing is that if you look above the B&M store, you will see Woolworth Buildings still there – a lovely homage to the company.

Carlisle 'Woolworth Buildings'

Carlisle ‘Woolworth Buildings’

Source: Maljoe