Southend – Store 33

29/35 High Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HR

“Woolworths opened in the fashionable Edwardian seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea in small premises at 29 High Street on 25th April 1914. Below shows the storefront in 1938 following an extension in 1934.”  –
Southend Woolworths 1938

Southend Woolworths 1938

“A cinema front was added in 1957 when the store was extended to span 29-35 High Street. It was enlarged further in 1977, while the upper salesfloor and restaurant were closed in 1988”, and finally the whole store closing in January 2009.
Southend Wooloworths 2008

Southend Woolworths 2008


TJ Hughes opened in the building in August 2010 after a £1million refurbishment, but unfortunately they also went into adminstration and closed just one year later.

Southend TJ Hughes 2010

Southend TJ Hughes 2010


In 2012 H&M announced they would takeover the store, making a total of 3 H&M stores in Southend! It’s trading well and certainly looks good on the high street. Southend council have also locally listed the building, ensuring we keep a bit of Woolworths history on Southend High Street 🙂


Southend H&M 2014

Southend H&M 2014



5 responses

  1. Carol edwards | Reply

    please could I use old photo of Southend Woolworths in my next book on business of the High Street. thanks


    1. Hi, yes of course that is fine. Just make sure you put the source in, as they are not my original photos. Thanks 🙂


  2. The restaurant must have closed prior to the 1980s as the first floor only had the seasonal ranges of garden or toys until it’s refit in the 80s when the second floor was closed off.

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