Bolton – Store 16

26/30 Deansgate, Bolton, Lancs BL1 1BW

The sixteenth Woolworths store opened in Bolton at 17-19 Oxford Street on 9th November 1912.

Bolton Oxford Street Woolworths 1912

Bolton Oxford Street Woolworths 1912

Source: Woolworths Museum

Bosses decided it was off location, so waited for a building to be available on Deansgate. The Oxford Street building still exists today, it is occupied by Yorkshire Bank.

Bolton Oxford Street former Woolworths now Yorkshire Bank 1912

Bolton Oxford Street former Woolworths now Yorkshire Bank

Source: TheHouseShop.com

In 1926 Woolworths acquired the Brittannia Building on the corner of Deansgate and Bridge Street. The store opened on 27th November 1920 and sales rocketed well over the level at Oxford Street, so it was the right decision.

Bolton Deansgate Woolworths 1926

Bolton Deansgate Woolworths 1926

Below is the side entrance at Bridge Street.

Bolton Woolworths Bridge Street entrance 1926

Bolton Woolworths Bridge Street entrance 1926

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1959 the store was fully rebuilt and extended as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Bolton Woolworths 1960s

Bolton Woolworths 1960s

Source: The Bolton News

Bolton Woolworths 1970s

Bolton Woolworths 1970s

Source: McPhee, D.

In the below Google Street View image from 2008, you can see the peppermint blue window and door frames – was this store a Weekend store in the 80s? You can see it’s actually on a hill and there are steps into the store on the corner.

Bolton Woolworths 2008

Bolton Woolworths 2008

Source: Manchester Evening News

Bolton Deansgate Woolworths 2008

Bolton Woolworths 2008

Source: Whalebone, T.

The store trading right until the end, closing at the beginning of January 2009. The building was empty for a long time, deteriorating and becoming an eyesore. Then Wilkos took over the building and here it is now:

Bolton former Woolworths, now Wilko 2018

Bolton former Woolworths, now Wilko 2018

Source: Acuitus


Store 17 was Chatham which I have already written about. You can read about it here

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