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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Source: Liverpool Echo