Stockport – Store 48

35-39 Princes Street, Stockport, Cheshire SK1 1SY

Store 48 was Stockport which opened in 1915. The store had a temporary shopfront for several years after World War One. Then a new purpose-built store was built in the 1930s.

In the 1930s a road was built above and along the River Mersey – before that the river cut the town in half. Woolworth and M&S were one of the few stores that lay along its route.

Stockport Woolworths 1960s
Stockport Woolworths 1965

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Then in 1965, the Merseyway Shopping Centre above the river, where the road was. The shopping centre is held up by concrete arches above the river! You can see Woolworths in this video of when the shopping centre was built – there are some rare photos here:

The UK’s first outdoor travelator was installed here, n front of Woolworths.

Stockport Woolworths 1965

Stockport Woolworths 1965

Source: Wild, S

Stockport Woolworths 1970s

Stockport Woolworths 1970s

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Stockport Woolworths 1970s

Stockport Woolworths 1970s

Stockport Woolworths 1970s or 80s

Stockport Woolworths 1970s or 80s

In the 1985 an experimental V-Shaped red-framed entrance to the store was made, designed to funnel customers into the store. They kept this until the end.

Stockport Woolworths 2007

Stockport Woolworths 2007

Source: Emily and James

The store closed for good when Woolworths went bust at the end of 2008. The unit was split into 3 and is now occupied by River Island, Deichmann and Costa Coffee. If you ever go shopping at Merseyway in Stockport, do have a look above these stores, and have a latte in the corner of the old Woolworths.

Stockport Former Woolworths - River Island Deichmann Costa Coffee

Stockport Former Woolworths – River Island Deichmann Costa Coffee

Source: England, G.

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2 responses

  1. I worked in 48 Stockport as a part-time supervisor in the eighties. I was a student at Manchester Poly and did my industrial placements at 123 Stockport and Swindon Distribution Centre. Mr Barfield was the manager (all Woolies managers were Called Mr!) and it was a fantastic store with a great team.

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  2. Sorry, I did do my placement ar 123, but it was of course Coventry.

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