Huddersfield – Store 51

49-57 New Street, Huddersfield HD1 2BL

Huddersfield Woolworths opened on New Street in 1915. It was expanded in 1934 to include an entrance on Victoria Lane. The upper trading floor retailed funiture and also had a cafeteria.

Huddersfield Woolworths 1955

Huddersfield Woolworths 1955

Source: Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Woolworths 1956

Huddersfield Woolworths 1956

Source: Pinterest

The shop was expanded again in 1964 from two storeys to six.

Huddersfield Woolworths 1980s

Huddersfield Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pictures of England

In the mid-seventies, a Shoppers World floor opened at Huddersfield – this was Woolworths catalogue shop, like the first ever Argos.

Huddersfield Woolworths and Shoppers World 1970s

Huddersfield Woolworths and Shoppers World 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Shoppers World was very successful but the American owners decided to sell as it wasn’t doing too well over there.

In 1980 the store was extended and refurbished at a cost of £750,000. The work included expanding the Victoria Lane entrance by acquiring two small shops next door.

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane Entrance 2006

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane Entrance 2006

Source: Flickr

In 1990, with the introduction of the business rate, Woolworths took the commercial decision to remove the two top floors to reduce their rating liability.  They also split the ground floor into two separate shop units and let them off. Woolworths, as a result traded only on the lower sales floor, which had a ‘frontage’ at the rear of the building onto a pedestrian area. They retained two entrances at front ground floor onto New Street level.

Huddersfield Woolworths New Street 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths New Street 2008

Source: Flickriver

This was the Victoria Lane entrance which used to be the back and is now the front of the store, as it faces the Piazza shopping centre.

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Source: Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Source: Flickr

The store closed in December 2008 when the chain went bust, and Poundland now occupies the building. Here is the New Street back entrance:

 

Huddersfield Former Woolworths New Street Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths New Street – Poundland 2017

And here is the Victoria Lane front entrance:

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane - Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane – Poundland 2017

You can see how large a Woolworths store it would have been from this photo.

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane - Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane – Poundland 2017

Source: Acuitus

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