Weston-super-Mare – Store 81

64 High Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1HX

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare very early on, in 1919. You can see the building before it was a Woolworths in the below photo – in the centre with the roof windows.

Weston-Super-Mare High Street 1901

Weston-super-Mare High Street 1901

Source: Past and Present Publications

Here is a photo of the Woolworths store when it was trading. You can see they did not change the building at all, apart from removing the roof windows. Quite interesting, perhaps they were not allowed to demolish and build in their own style, as they had in other towns. It is a beautiful building, so I’d say this was a good thing. Bhs next door had demolished their building, replacing it with a rather 50s looking building.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2008

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2008

(Photo from my Facebook group)

The store closed for good on 30th December 2008.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Source: White R., Flickr

The following year, Poundland opened, and here it is from when I visited the busy high street this week.

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015


3 responses

  1. richard northover | Reply

    My father Dennis was the store manager here between 1972 and 1974, a fairly long narow store with a rear entrance , a bustling store with all the food depts.and a big uplift of sales during the summer season , a great place to live for a 12 yr old. We moved again in 1974 to bury St edmunds and finally to gloucester in 1979 where he retired in 1984 after 37 years with woolworths. I had a 34 yr career with woolworths being made redundant in 2009. Some of these pictures bring back happy memories of either stores I worked in or stores I know. My career with woolies finished at Worcester after my travels , Richard


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