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.
On 8th June 1934, the store was extended, it looks like into the roof, and possibly to the rear.
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.
Source: Pipes, Alan (Fred)
More recently Aldi started trading from here, from 19th March 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.
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)
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!
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.
Source: The Doric Columns
It was next to Vogue on the corner of Flourmill Brae.
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.
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.
Source: Milne, Jame L
Here’s another angle of it from 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.
Source: Henderson, Iain
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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.
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.
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.
Source: Nottinghamshire County Council
In the mid-70s, the fascias were updated to the new red ‘Woolworth’ and logo.
Source: Baker, Reg – Picture the Past
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.
Source: Soult, Graham
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.
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, which was when an Art Deco facade was added.
Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Morrison K.
In June 1986 it was one of the first ‘Operation Focus’ comparison stores, where a peppermint blue colour scheme was rolled out. 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.
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.
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.
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 😛