Bristol Broadmead – Store 10

87/91 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DU

In 1911, Woolworth opened their first store in Bristol, located at Castle Street. It was a busy and bustling street as you can see from this 1930s postcard. Sadly this store was destroyed along with the whole of Castle Street in WW2.

Bristol Woolworths, Castle Street, 1930s

Bristol Woolworths, Castle Street, 1930s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In 1950, Bristol rebuilt the worn-torn area, and Woolworths reopened on Broadmead. Stores built after the war were of a new look – bigger and brighter, and made with modern materials such as stainless steel and marble, instead of wooden doors and wooden floorboards. Bristol became the chain’s largest multi-floor store.

Bristol Woolworths 1950s

Bristol Woolworths 1952

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Bristol Woolworths, 1950s

Bristol Woolworths, 1950s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Here is it in the 1970s with it’s updated fascia, and you can see Swears & Wells became Thomas Cook and H Samuel is to the left (you can recognise the clock).

Bristol Woolworths, 1970s

Bristol Woolworths, 1970s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Bristol Woolworths 1970s

Bristol Woolworths 1970s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Bristol Broadmead was quite a unique Woolworths – it was the one chosen to be a trial new concept store in 1982 called ‘21st Century Shopping’. It took all the Woolworths branding out – the idea was to attract city commuters to be able to have a ‘quick’ shop. Inside you had sports ranges at the front (from sister brand Footlocker), then a middle section of Women’s fashion and then a small grocery section. Sounds a bit random to me. The whole of Bristol scoffed at it – City workers did not use it, and loyal Woolies shoppers were upset – an epic fail.

Woolworths 21st Century Shopping, Bristol, 1983

Woolworths 21st Century Shopping, Bristol, 1982

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1983 the store was reinstated to Woolworths again, although they carried on using the leftover 21st Century carrier bags for a long time.

Bristol Woolworths 1986

Bristol Woolworths 1986

Source: pepperrn1, flickr

In 1988 the store had to close as the Galleries Shopping Centre was to be built – so the building got demolished! Here it is just before demolition.

Woolworths moved into the new shopping centre, which you can read about here: Bristol -The Galleries – Store 1174

Bristol Woolworths 1988

Bristol Woolworths 1988

Source: Hobbs, Neil

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  1. […] and Woolworths occupied a corner on the ground floor. This Woolworths replaced the original store (Broadmead – Store 10) that was demolished to make way for building the shopping […]

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