Wrexham – Store 445

56 Hope Street, Wrexham, Denbighshire LL11 1BE

Woolworths opened at 56 Hope Street in Wrexham on 25th July 1931, and extended 5 years later into neighbouring 58. They traded from this location for nearly 40 years. Below is a photo from 1965, and I have circled the Woolworths store on the right.

Wrexham Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

8- 10 Regent Street, Wrexham, Denbighshire LL11 1SF

On 12th November 1970, they relocated to the new larger premises on Regent Street, where it was 2 floors up, and had an escalator down to a basement floor.

Wrexham Woolworths 1971

Wrexham Woolworths 1971

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

It seems as though it was destined to be a trial store for the Woolworths group. In 1984, Wrexham was one of 20 stores that trialled the ‘Daily Provisions’ cornerstone strategy. They reopened with a grocery section, an up-scale offer of bread, cakes and take-away food, and a new delicatessen counter in the basement selling fresh fish and meat. Apparently there was an amazing giant model of a fish on the wall over the fish counter!

In 1988 it tried the comparison store format. Then in 1992 the store was refurbished. And finally in the 2000s, the store was one of the new style 10/10 stores until it closed on 5th January 2009.

Wrexham Woolworths 2011

Wrexham Woolworths 2011

Source: Ballysundriven, Flickr

Wrexham Woolworths back

Wrexham Woolworths (Lord Street back entrance)

Source: geograph

It lay empty from a long 2 and a half years, until August 2011 when Discount UK opened. Today Bargain Buys trades from this location, and The Chinese Buffet is in the basement with it’s entrance on Lord Street.

Wrexham Bargain Buys 2015

Wrexham Bargain Buys 2015

Source: 192.com

The Chinese Buffet, Wrexham

The Chinese Buffet, Wrexham

Source: Groupon

And as for the original Woolworths on Hope Street, this is now WHSmith. It’s a new building, as there was a huge fire in 2001 and the building had to be demolished. Here is how it looks today.

Wrexham WHSmith

WHSmith, Hope Street, Wrexham

 

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9 responses

  1. Ah Woolworths. Simply the best when I was young … Airfix kits, Sweetie counter, broken biscuits … so many things. I was born in 1951. Do you know if any Woolworths stores were opened in 1951 ? Great post. Thanks. Kris.
    http://www.the1951club.org
    http://www.awritersden.wordpress.com

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    1. Ahh it has many happy memories for everyone!
      Yes indeed, Woolston (Store 771) opened 19th October 1951 according to the Woolworths Museum.
      You can guess the other stores that opened that year by their store number, possibly 769 Newry and 772 Woodbridge opened in 1951 too. Hope that helps, Sabrina.

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      1. Thank you for your help. Your blog is really good. I found a picture of the store you mentioned at Woolston so that’s great. All the very best. Kris.
        http://www.the1951club.org
        http://www.awritersden.wordpress.com

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  2. Yes, their previous store in Wrexham was in Hope Street, in what is now WH Smiths. In recent memory there was a fire in that Hope Street building, which was heavily fire damaged. during the restoration work, the old bomb shelter was re-discovered. Apparently all Woolworths stores of that era had such shelters due to the Cold War. I understand that there is still an entrance to it marked by a grating or grid covering in the pavement in the front of the store.

    And the Regent Street store had escalators into the basement, where the water feature of the fish counter was, which had water running over or behind a large plate of glass which had a mural of a large fish behind it. It was an object of amazement to me as a small child in the late 60’s/early 70’s.

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    1. Ahh brilliant. Thank you so much for that information. It’s fascinating! I shall update the blog post with this now.
      Many Thanks, Sabrina

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  3. I moved to the Wrexham area in 1966 and It was originally on Hope Street where W. H . Smiths is now and used to sell hot salted peanuts at the front of the store that you bought in a paper cone bag

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    1. That’s brilliant, that’s exactly the information I was looking for.
      Many Thanks, Sabrina

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  4. Just bought a Bruce Springsteen record from a flea market in Birkenhead, Wirral. It had a sticker inside the sleeve which showed the record was purchased from store 445 on 07/10/1987. Googled ‘woolworths store 445’ and found this article. Great stuff.

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    1. No way! You’ve got a bit of history there!

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