415-417 BRIXTON ROAD, LONDON SW9 8HJ
Brixton was the first London store! Number 7 of the group, Frank Woolworth decided to open it at 415-417 Brixton Road, as Brixton was an affluent part of London (yes really) where society ladies liked to shop apparently. It did really well there, catching commuters on the way to the railway station . It’s now the O2 store surrounded by many other phone shops, all quite new as this was the Foot Locker store that got set on fire in the summer of 2011 when the kids went all crazy. A bit of history repeating itself as this Woolworths store got bombed during WW1.
THEN – 1910
NOW – 2014
457-461 BRIXTON ROAD, LONDON SW9 8HJ
As the lease at 415-417 was to run out after 25 years, the store was relocated to the other end of the street on 3rd September 1936 to 457-461 Brixton Road,where an iconic Art Deco building was created and still stands there today – minus Woolworth sign 😦
THEN – 1936
Source for 2003 and 2008 pic: http://www.urban75.org/london/goodbye-woolworths-brixton.html