Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Brighton London Road – Store 288

27/31 London Road, Brighton, Sussex BN1 4LE

Woolworths opened their second store in Brighton on 29th October 1927 at 1-2 London Road, on the corner of Cheapside. This branch was nearer to the two railway stations, whereas Store 73 was closer to the seafront.

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1930s

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1930s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

On 8th June 1934, the store was extended, it looks like into the roof, and possibly to the rear.

Brighton Woolworths,  London Road 1950s

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1950s

Source: Brighton and Hove City Council

In 1965 Woolworths left the premises at 1-2 London Road. Sainsbury’s, who were next door at No.3, took it over to become a larger self-service supermarket at 1-4. What I find interesting it that with all the alterations, they kept the 3 little roof windows in the style of the original Woolworths store. They traded here until 28th February 2007.

Brighton Sainsbury's, London Road 2007

Brighton Sainsbury’s, London Road 2007

Source: Pipes, Alan (Fred)

More recently Aldi started trading from here, from 19th March 2009.

Aldi Brighton, London Road 2009

Aldi Brighton, London Road 2009

Source: Pipes, Alan (Fred)

In 1965 Woolworths relocated up the road to 27-31, a larger Art Deco building (a former department store called Roslings) with 3 floors. From the below photo it looks as though Woolworths bought the shop next door as well as Roslings, and then recreated the Art Deco front on the other side.

Brighton Roslings, London Road 1960

Brighton Roslings, London Road 1960

Woolworths traded at 27 -31 from 28th May 1965. In the basement they sold haberdashery, paint, gardening, household, DIY and toys. The ground floor sold food, soap powder, confectionery, records, butchery and deli produce and there was a long tea bar at the back of the store. Upstairs was the staff canteen with separate seating area for men and women. Some workers say there was a lady ghost wearing the uniform of Roslings. (Source: Clarkson, Paul – Working at Woolworths in the 1970s)

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 2007

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 2007

Source: Mould, Tony

The store was re-modernised in the 1980s, and then there was an arson fire in the basement in 1987 – so they had to close temporarily. The basement was never reopened, with the stairs covered up with a large display.

Woolworths London Road closed on 30th December 2008. 99p Stores took over the premises and opened nearly a year later on 19th November 2009. Here it is – would look really good if they re-painted the Art Deco front, it is looking rather grubby!

Brighton LR 99p 2014

Source: Ballysundriven

Aberdeen – Store 79

48/52 St Nicholas Street, Aberdeen AB9 1DD

Affectionately known as ‘Wee Woolies’, this was the first store to open in Aberdeen on 18th October 1919, at 48-52 St Nicholas Street.

Aberbeen Woolworths 1919

Aberdeen Woolworths 1919

Source: The Doric Columns

It was next to Vogue on the corner of Flourmill Brae.

Aberbeen Woolworths 1919

Aberdeen Woolworths 1919

Source: The Doric Columns

Locals called it “Wee Woolies” or “Little Woolies”, as it was the smaller Aberdeen store with one floor, compared to the 3-storey branch on nearby Union Street, which had opened in 1926. Here is Wee Woolies in the 1970s, with Vogue having become Just Pants Plus, and the Easiephit Shoe Shop to it’s left.

Aberdeen Woolworths 1970s

Aberdeen Woolworths 1970s

Source: The Doric Columns and Happy Memories

The store closed in the 1980s, and this whole parade of shops got demolished to make way for the new St Nicholas Shopping Centre, which opened in 1985. Here is it just prior to demolition in 1982.

Aberdeen Woolworths 1982

Aberdeen Woolworths 1982

Source: Milne, Jame L

Here’s another angle of it from 1982:

Aberdeen Woolworths 1982

Aberdeen Woolworths 1982

Source: Elder, Neale

Here is a recent photo of St Nicholas Shopping shopping centre – the parade of shops where Woolworths stood would have been to the left of M&S, as that is 22 St Nicholas Street.

St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen 2009

St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen 2009

Source: Henderson, Iain

Do you remember Wee Woolies in Aberdeen?

Nottingham Listergate – Store 36

22 – 26 and 34 – 38 Listergate, Nottingham NG1 7DG

Over 100 years ago in August 1914, Woolworths opened their first Nottingham store in historic Listergate. It possibly started off small, as between 1936-1937 F.W.Woolworth architects designed the most large-scale Art Deco front, extending the store to 22-26 Listergate. You can see how large it was in the below 1950s postcard.

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1950s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1950s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In the 1960s, Woolworths extended into 34-38 Listergate, so there was a link from 22-26 on the ground floor through to 34-38. It was one giant store split in two. There was an enormous cafeteria that would seat approximately 500 people –  some say the cafe was larger than some shops on the high street! Here is what the new half looked like.

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1972

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1972

Source: Roberts, George L – Picture the Past

1972 was when the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre was being built. Below is a photo showing this, and you can see the two halves of the Woolworths in the background.

Nottingham Woolworths 1973

Nottingham Woolworths 1973

Source: Nottinghamshire County Council

In the mid-70s, the fascias were updated to the new red ‘Woolworth’ and logo.

Nottingham Woolworths 1980s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1970s

Source: Baker, Reg – Picture the Past

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1980s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1970s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In 1984 Kingfisher sold the store, as they were getting rid of large stores to get more capital. The Listergate stores were sold to Boots. By this time there were many other Woolworths branches scattered across Nottingham, and they reopened in the town centre in 1991 in the new Victoria Centre.

Today, 22-26 Listergate is occupied by M&S, and 34-38 Listergate is occupied by Poundland, Optical Express and WHSmith. Here they are, both buildings looking remarkably as they did in their heyday, with the Art Deco front still looking as elegant and grand on the M&S store.

Nottingham M&S 2015

Nottingham M&S 2015

Source: Soult, Graham

Nottingham 34 Listergate

Nottingham 34 Listergate – 2014

Source: HRH

Edgware Road – Store 30 / 2031

168-176 Edgware Road, London, W2 2DX

Woolworths opened on Edgware Road on 21st March 1914, the 30th store to be opened in the UK.

Edgware Road Woolworths 1935

Edgware Road Woolworths 1935

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

The above photo is from 100thbirthday.co.uk and is a “photo taken on a colleagues Woolworths sixpenny camera. It shows the funeral cortege of the late H.M. King George V passing the store front in 1935.”

The store was extended in 1936 to quite a large size and I’m guessing this is when the lovely Art Deco facade was added.

In 1986 it was one of the first comparison stores. Possibly this was when they extended into the shop next door on the right. As it was the closest store to Head Office, it often had trials taking place here.

In 2000 it became a Woolworths General Store, being one of the early pilots for this scheme, and was re-numbered to 2031.

Edgware Road Woolworths 2007

Edgware Road Woolworths 2007

Source: Barras, Jamie

Somewhere between 2007 and 2008, the powers that be decided to change the fascia back to the traditional red Woolworths one – a bit late as it stopped being a General Store long before 2008.

Edgware Rd Woolworths 2008

Edgware Rd Woolworths 2008

Source: bowroaduk

Then they decided to close the store anyway! This was in July 2008 when 4 London stores were chosen to stop trading, before the whole chain went bust at the end of the year. Here’s a picture I took just before it closed down.

Edgware Road Woolworths 2008

Edgware Road Woolworths 2008

Quite soon afterwards, Waitrose took over the building, so it wasn’t empty for long. Here it is last week when I was on my way to Oxford Street. Still got the Woolworths flagpole up, minus flag 😛

Waitrose Edgware Road 2015

Waitrose Edgware Road 2015