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?

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2 responses

  1. I was a Saturday boy in store 79 from 1960-1963, then I became a trainee manager. I did 6 months in the stock room before being promoted to the “floor” in 228 Union Street Aberdeen

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    1. Thank you for sharing your memories 🙂

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