206/207 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The 60th Woolworths store opened in Cheltenham in 1915, taking over the Cheltenham Munical Office. The clock and first floor architecture were kept from the original occupiers. (Thank you to reader Pete Dickinson for this information)
Source: Historic England
In 1957 Woolworths moved from this location and it became a Tesco. The beautiful building and clock were demolished. Today you will find Specsavers, Bright House and Pandora in its place. Thank you to reader Derek Bond for this information. He remembers the Woolworths being full of dark wood counters. He says the building to the right of Woolworths in the above photo was ‘The Famous’ – a gentlemen’s outfitters. This became Patisserie Valerie, and indeed you can see it is the same building if you compare it to this building.
123-125 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1DN
When Woolworths moved, they bought the site of the Royal Hotel at numbers 123-125 so they could have a bigger store. This is the building you can see in the below photo.
Source: Gloucestershire Live
The store must have been huge inside as the site became a shopping centre. on 28th June 1986 this Woolworths store closed and was sold to the Arrowcroft Group, who demolished it to make the Beechwood Shopping Centre which opened in 1991 (Source: Cheltenham – Another Shopping Centre Demise)
Today that shopping centre is being demolished to build a John Lewis store. I won’t post a ‘now’ picture as it’s currently a building site.
Woolworths returned to Cheltenham in later years at numbers 105-107 High Store (Store number 1187).