Glasgow, Charing Cross – Store 121

22 – 26 Charing Cross Mansions, St Georges Road, Glasgow G3 6UJ

Woolworths opened their third Glasgow store in 1922. The first store was on Union Street (Store 39) and the second on Argyle Street (Store 118), which also opened in 1922. This store was on the Charing Cross side of Glasgow, backing on to Renfrew Street.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Source: Pinterest

It wasn’t a purpose-built building, they opened in the existing Charing Cross Mansions. The below photo shows a sweet scene, it looks like a father and son looking through the shop window.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Source: Skyscraper City

The store traded from this location for about 50 years before closing in the early 1970s.

Very recently, some original signage was revealed at Renfrew Street (the back of the store) – and it is still there today. It’s literally at the end of Renfrew Street where it becomes Buccleuch Street. You can see it on Google Streetview, but why don’t you go to Glasgow and take a look at it!!

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths Ghost Sign

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths Ghost Sign

Source: Hidden Glasgow

Going by Streetview and comparing with the 1930s photos above, the building the housed the front of Woolworths still exists and today it is two units – a traditional toy shop (very appropriate) called The Big Top and a cafe called Tinderbox.

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Source: Google Streetview

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2 responses

  1. […] first opened in Union Street 8 years earlier. The same year (1922) a third Glasgow branch opened in Charing Cross. The design of the Argyle Street store was the opposite of reserved, almost a ‘look at […]

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  2. […] in 1927. [The other Glasgow stores were Store 39 at Union Street, Store 118 at Argyle Street and Store 121 at Charing Cross Mansions.] They had acquired the Wellington Arcade on Sauchiehall Street, which […]

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