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

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12 responses

  1. This is lovely. Well researched, and full of: “Well, I never knew that!” moments. Bravo!

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  2. I used to work in the restaurant in the late 70’s and have very fond memories of my time there

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    1. Sue piddubriwnyj | Reply

      I used to work at the listergate store in the 70s on the makeup counter

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      1. Did you eat in the staff canteen at all, I may have cooked for you!

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  3. I used to work at woollies in the 70s

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  4. I married mr Pidd,can you remember him

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    1. I might if you describe him, I worked in the restaurant kitchens from 1978 to 1980

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      1. Susan piddubriwnyj

        He was one of the floor walkers as they used to call them

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      2. Hi Susan,

        I might remember him if you could describe him. I loved working there, it was like a big family back then. I visited the folks in the restaurant kitchen as it was being wound down, really sad to see. I often wonder what became of those people. I suppose many of them are no longer with us. I wonder if the restaurant, kitchens and staff canteen ever got used for anything else by the new occupiers or if they were just mothballed, would be great to get a look around!

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  5. Susan piddubriwnyj | Reply

    I think you might have remembered him,he was tall mousy coloured hair,there was only two or three I think altogether,he was the only one with a Ukrainian name.he passed away 11 years ago in February.i do sometimes try to remember some of the people I worked with,and try to find them on Facebook. Can you remember anyone called pam,short hair glasses,I don’t know her sir name,she probably married now anyway,and Walter ,he used to sweep the floors.

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    1. Hi Susan and Happy New Year!

      I have been in contact on FB with a chap who is married to the lady who was personnel manager at the time I worked there. He also remembers the guy who was store manager when I worked there who had an artificial eye.He put a photo on FB of a lot of the staff gathered together just before the store closed Other people I remember were John Allen the catering manager, Maureen the restaurant supervisor, Mavis who fried the fish for the restaurant and Bernard who did the chips and other jobs in the kitchen area. Upstairs in the staff restaurant was Maureen, Mavis’s daughter. Also in the restaurant kitchen was Tom the chef and Mary who did a lot of the cooking

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