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.
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.
Source: Wild, S
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.
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.
Source: England, G.