Croydon – Store 12

60/68 North End, Croydon CR9 1SL

The Croydon store was the 12th Woolworths store to open in the UK and the 4th London store. It was opened by Frank Woolworth himself on 4th May 1912 on North End, right at the heart of the town. He had visited and shortlisted Croydon earlier, noting that the South East London location was “fine, progressive and bustling”.

Croydon Woolworths 1912

Croydon Woolworths 1912

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store shared its premises with the local cinema, Pyke’s Cinematograph, which was a popular destination for Edwardian Croydon residents. Woolworths made the most of the opportunity, opening late to line up with films on the silver screen and offering popcorn, ice cream and many magazines and sheets of music associated with the movies. (Source: Croydon Guardian)

Croydon Woolworths 1918

Croydon Woolworths 1918

Source: Flickr, pepandtim

1n 1929, Woolworths tooks over the cinema building next door and extended to a larger store.

Croydon Woolworths 1940s

Croydon Woolworths 1940s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Then in 1968, it was further extended into the Whitgift shopping centre in to make it the large size most residents today will remember. This was the North End road entrance:

Croydon Woolworths 1980s

Croydon Woolworths 1980s

Source: Flickr, BRG2

And this was the new Whitgift Shopping Centre entrance:

Croydon Woolworths Whitgift 1968

Croydon Woolworths Whitgift Entrance 1968

Source: Seaton, P

The store in 1989:

Croydon Woolworths 1989

Croydon Woolworths 1989

Source: Flickr, BRG2

The final photo from December 2008, shared to my Facebook group just before it closed for good.

Croydon Woolworths 2008

Croydon Woolworths 2008

And the Whitgift entrance:

Croydon Woolworths Whitgift 2008

Croydon Woolworths Whitgift Entrance 2008

Today the building is occupied by H&M, but you can clearly recognise the building from the architecture above. Quite a historic building.

Croydon H&M 2010

Croydon H&M 2010

Source: Flickr, ballysundriven

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  4. I remember visiting this store in the late 1980s / early 1990s when it was still a large store. The Whitgift shopping centre side used to be on two floors. The upper floor was only the shopping centre part of the building and not the original building. When Woolworths was made smaller the shopping centre side was each split to 4 units on each floor which from what I remember had large numbers on them while they were looking for new tenants. On the upper floor 2 units became a shop which I remember they sold toys but I think they sold other items as well. Next to that was County Book Shop and a BT phone shop which was on two floors who from what I remember kept the Woolworths escalator. On the ground floor Woolworths kept the corner unit, next was Superdrug and then the ground floor of the BT phone shop. Superdrug later expanded to the ground floor of the BT phone shop.

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    1. Thank you for the detail, that certainly fills in some gaps. I will update the blog post at some point. Much appreciated.

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