Liverpool London Road – Store 3

93 London Road, Liverpool L3 8JD

The third Woolworths store to open in the UK was also in Liverpool, on London Road, just two miles away from the first store in Church Street. The building was offered at a low lease from Owen Owen (remember that department store!), whose owner was impressed by the product offerings in the Church Street store. It actually opened one day before Store 2 (there was a race between the stores as to which would be ready first), and they opened on 4th February 1910.

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1910

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1910

Source: Woolworths Museum

London Road was a distinct shopping area that attracted a fashionable clientele as well as students and academics, according to the Woolworths Musuem. But it was also reported that “on its first day the London Road store was mobbed by ‘shawlies’ – a name given to working-class Liverpool women who were usually elderly and of scruffy appearance – assistants fainted, counters were pushed around and many customers left having failed to pay for their purchases.” (Source: BBC Liverpool)

Liverpool London Road Woolworths Valentines Window Display 1937

Liverpool London Road Woolworths | Valentines Window Display | 1937

Source: National Museums Liverpool

From the caption in the below photo, it seems as though the original building may have been demolished, or they erected a new purpose-built store further along London Road, in 1962.

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1962

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1962

Source: Getty Images

The store closed down, possibly another one of the casualties of the 1980s closures. The building was an amusement arcade for a while – though they kept the back of the Woolworths store windows, doors and mosaic floor. This photo was taken in 2009.

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2009

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2009

Source: Mayer, P.

It’s all gone now, not a trace left, as a Tesco Express now takes the place of 91-93 London Road, Liverpool.

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2015

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2015

Source: Liverpool Echo

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2 responses

  1. This was fascinating and contained amazing photos and details of a very little know store! Thank you so much!

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    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you found it interesting, I do love finding out hidden bits of Woolies history 🙂

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