62-64 Bridge Street, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1DX
Woolworths opened on Bridge Street in Peterborough in December 1915, and amazingly there are two photos of the store from this time, the first being this one:
And this one, although this photo shows the ‘3d and 6d’ placed before the F.W.Woolworth on the fascia:
They extended in 1931, and added a restaurant in 1935, which you can see here (the lighter coloured buliding on the left side of the road). There was a small shop called Dunn & Co on it’s right, and the City Cinema was next to it (that’s the building with the dome) – this later was demolished and M&S was built here.
You can see it more clearly here in this 1949 photo:
Between 1969 and 1972, they had a major 60s-style makeover, reconstructing around the original shell. Interesting use of the logo in yellow. Some say this was the ugliest building in Bridge Street!
This newspaper ad is from 1982:
Source: Peterborough in Pictures
I love this 80s photos, doesn’t the Woolworth sign look massive?!
In 1988, 1991 and 1993, the store was reduced in size. Half of the building was let out to other stores, and more recently it has been shared with New Look.
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Here is it shortly before it closed in 2008:
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After 2 years vacant, TK Maxx took over the space in Spring 2011. Here it is, where you can see how large the buliding is, and how it must have been a huge Woolworths in the 1970s. And how those trees, which must been planted when the street was pedestrianised in the 80s, have really grown!
Source: Williams G M, Flickr
106-108 Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2LA
Woolworths came to Penzance in April 1936, opening on Market Jew Street. The store was extended in 1938. Below is a 1955 photo – Woolworths in the centre on the right hand side, with the triangle feature on the roof.
Source: Francis Frith
In 1972, the store was modernised, refurbished and converted to self-service, and then in 1986 there was an upgrade to the Comparison Store format.
Source: Hearson M, Flickr
There was a further refurb in 1993. Below is a photo in 2007, a year before they closed down.
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They closed for good on 27th December 2008. Here is when the letters were took off just before the annual Mazey Day celebrations.
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In July 2009, a Poundland (surprise, surprise!) opened in this building. Here it is:
Source: Ballysundriven, Flickr
Dates source: 100thbirthday.co.uk
35-37 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HF
Woolworths arrived in the Cornish seaside town of St Ives in the mid-1950s. The building they chose was set in a hill by the harbour, with the front facing the busy shopping area of Fore Street, and the back facing the harbour on Wharf Road.
Here is the front of the store on Fore Street.
Source: Flickr, Rutter R
And this is the harbour side on Wharf Road.
Source: Scaysbrook C
This is 8 days before they closed down.
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The store closed on 2nd January 2009, becoming a Mountain Warehouse store on Fore Street, and a Pizza Express on Wharf Road.
Source: Lewis Investments
Other Cornish Stores you may be interested in:
Truro – Store 836
2 The Strand, Dawlish, Devon EX7 9PS
Woolworths came to the Devon seaside town of Dawlish quite late on, in 1956. The building they occupied was on the Strand, and was actually built in 1919. Designed in eye-catching black and white pseudo Elizabethan style, half of the building was occupied by Cridge’s Cafe (see photo below).
It later became Holman’s Cafe and then Brunt’s Cafe, until 1956 when it became Woolworths. When it opened, it was the first ‘self-service’ store in Dawlish, ie where you could pick the goods off the shelf rather than having to ask an assistant to get it for you from behind the counter. This was such a new concept that they had to have staff at the door explaining the self-service process! Here is the store in the swinging 60s:
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And the 1980s:
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This photo from my Facebook group was taken shortly before they closed:
On 2nd January 2009 Woolworths Dawlish closed down for good. It lay empty for a long time, falling apart and becoming quite an eyesore. This photo is from our south coast roadtrip of 2010.
In 2011 the Co-op next door extended into the Woolworths building where it now trades as one large store.
Source: JJ Justin, Flickr