Monthly Archives: September, 2018

Chester – Store 163

37 – 43 Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LL

Woolworths opened in the historic city of Chester, near Liverpool, in 1924. They took over a genuine timber-framed building.

Chester Woolworths 1960s

Chester Woolworths 1960s

In 1961 an extension was made to the right in half-timbered English oak. The sales floor was linked at the back of House of Bewley and Kardomah.

Chester Woolworth 1961

Chester Woolworth 1961

The store had a mezzanine cafeteria that had a glass screen bearing the city’s coat of arms. The cafeteria gave direct access to the city walls and offered a view over the cathedral gardens.

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Chester Chronicle

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Woolworth Museum

The store closed sometime in the 1970s or 80s. Today Next and New Look are in the buildings.

Chester Former Woolworths - Next and New Look

Chester Former Woolworths – Next and New Look

Woolworths came back to Chester in the 2000s on Foregate Street, as store 1237. This was the one that closed in December 2008, becoming  Primark.

 

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High Street Kensington – Store 162

201 – 207 Kensington High Street, London W8 6BA

In 1924 Woolworths opened in another prominent London location – High Street Kensington. The purpose-built building had a large cinema frontage finished in glazed cream marble brickwork.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1924

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1924

From 1954 the Kensington regional offices were on the upper floors.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1940s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1940s

Woolworths moved from numbers 201 – 207 and relocated along the high street in the 1960s. Today the building has been split into three retail units.

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths - Robert Dyas, Octavia Foundation, Travelbag

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths – Robert Dyas, Octavia Foundation, Travelbag

54 – 60 Kensington High Street, London W8 4QZ

In the 1960s, Woolworths moved to 54 – 60 Kensington High Street, to premises formerly occupied by Barker’s.

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1960s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1960s

Source: The Library Time Machine

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1970s

Kensington High Street Woolworths 1970s

The store closed in 1984 along with the Oxford Street branches. Today you will find Uniqlo and Zara in its place.

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths - Uniqlo, Zara, Topshop

Kensington High Street Former Woolworths – Uniqlo, Zara

Oxford Street – Store 161

311 Oxford Street, London W1R 2EA

Woolworths finally made its first move into the West End of London in 1924.  It was a direct challenge to Selfridge’s bargain basement, and positioned on the south side of Oxford Street – the less desirable side – opposite John Lewis and some distance to the east of Selfridges.

Oxford Street Woolworths 1924

Oxford Street Woolworths 1924

The building was designed in 1923 and completed in 1925 when the upper floor office suites were advertised for rent. Some of the offices were used by Woolworths as their regional Metropolitan office. The building closely resembled the new Liverpool Church Street store but the central feature was sub-divided. (Source: Woolworth’s 100 years on the High Street ; K. Morrison).

Oxford Street Woolworths 1937

Oxford Street Woolworths 1937

Source: The Guardian

The store included a big restaurant in the basement, a dedicated food hall with wines and spirits on the first floor and a huge range of toiletries, tourist items and jewellery on the ground salesfloor.

Oxford Street Woolworths 1950s

Oxford Street Woolworths 1950s

Source: Historic England

Oxford Street Woolworths 1957

Oxford Street Woolworths 1957

Oxford Street Woolworths 1980s

Oxford Street Woolworths 1980s

Source: Soult G.

In 1984 the store was sold when Kingfisher took over, with the aim to raise funds. Since then the building has been occupied by Burton, Tesco and Waterstones.

Oxford Street Former Woolworths - Tesco

Oxford Street Former Woolworths – Tesco

Today it is a Uniqlo store, and if you look up, you can see the original Woolworths architecture, and it looks like the upper floors are now retail floors with some colourful lighting effects. Looks good.

Oxford Street Former Woolworths - Uniqlo

Oxford Street Former Woolworths – Uniqlo

 

Burnley – Store 160

104 – 110 St James Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1PA (No.33 from 1977)

The 160th Woolworths store opened in Burnley on 12th July 1924 at 104 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Source: Woolworth Museum

Burnley Woolworths

Burnley Woolworths

Source: Wade R.

The store was extended three times, firstly on 1st May 1927, then on 9th November 1935 and finally 17th November 1958, taking over the neighbouring Victoria Theatre to extend to 104-110 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

The buildings on St James Street and the Victoria were demolished in 1955 (the buildings to the right of Woolworths in the above photo). Woolworths extended their premises on to the site of The Vic’s entrance. They stayed here until 1977. This building became a JJB Sports shop but today it is a DW Sports Store.

Burnley FormerWoolworths - DW Sports Stores

Burnley Former Woolworths – DW Sports Stores

On 25th May 1977 Woolworths relocated along the road to a new-build precinct store at 33 St James Street, now known as Unit 2 of the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Source: Jay D.

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Source: Wade R.

The store was converted to the comparison format on 27th March 1987 and reduced in size on 18th November 1991.

In 2004 it was modernised and converted to the latest 10/10 format.

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Source: Kapp A

Finally in December 2008 the store closed down. After Woolworths closed, the building was occupied by the 99p Store, until Poundland bought the company. Today Wilkos is in the building, relocating from their previous premises on Curzon Square.

Burnley Former Woolworths - Wilko

Burnley Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: Google Street View

 

 

 

Carlisle – Store 159

98 – 104 English Street, Carlisle, Cumberland CA3 8NE

Woolworths opened in Carlisle in 1924, though the location of this first store is unknown. In 1933 they relocated to English Street. The old workhouse had been sold to Woolworths, Burtons and two other retailers on a 99 year lease, and together they designed this building that was made of red sandstone. The corner store was Burton, and Woolworth was on its left. Later the store was extended to Victoria Viaduct, creating an L-shaped store.

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Source: Emily and James

The building had ‘Woolworth Buildings’ engraved at the top. Carlisle was the district/area office, so I’m assuming this was why. According to a former employee, Carlisle store had the scariest area manager ever!

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Source: Heritage and History

The store closed in December 2008, and it became a B&M store.

Carlisle Former Woolworths - B&M

Carlisle Former Woolworths – B&M

Source: Stopford A

The great thing is that if you look above the B&M store, you will see Woolworth Buildings still there – a lovely homage to the company.

Carlisle 'Woolworth Buildings'

Carlisle ‘Woolworth Buildings’

Source: Maljoe

Douglas, Isle of Man – Store 158

32 – 36 Strand Street, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2EG

Woolworths opened in the capital of the Isle of Man – Douglas – in 1924. 10 years later, the store was extended and had an Art Deco makeover with a facade made of stone.

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

I found this memory from 1946 online:

“At the Woolworth’s store in Douglas, Isle of Man, I can remember being lifted up to see the button counter and choosing buttons for a dress my mother was making for me. It was 1946 and I was four years old at the time. I think I asked to see the buttons every time we went there. I vividly remember the bright colours” Ruth Wyllie – Extract from The Wonder of Woolies: Memories from both sides of the counter by Derek Phillips

The store had a basement, a ground floor and 2 upper floors. Former store manager Peter Taylor remembers it being a great place to work with a great team.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

This was how the store looked inside on the last day of trading. It closed in December 2008.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Source: Hoare R.

Today you will find Dealz in the building – this is Poundland for the Isle of Man, but as everything is priced at £1.20, they had to give the store a different name. The Art Deco facade is still there, so take a look at this grand building if you are ever in Douglas.

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths - Dealz

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths – Dealz

Source: Lindley Mortimer

Grantham – Store 157

8 Market Place, Grantham NG31 6LJ

Woolworths opened in Grantham in 1924, originally on Market Place – this photo shows all the men who helped build the store.

Grantham Woolworths 1924

Grantham Woolworths 1924

Source: Longland, M.

Woolworths traded from Market Place for just over 30 years before moving to bigger premises (see on the left of this 1950s photo).

Grantham Woolworths 1955

Grantham Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

This building is occupied by the Gravity Bar today.

Grantham Former Woolworths - Gravity Bar

Grantham Former Woolworths – Gravity Bar

Source: Lincolnshire Reporter

If you take a closer look at the fascia of Gravity, you will see surviving Woolworths Lion Head consoles, with the W erased.

Grantham Former Woolworths Lion Head - Gravity Bar

Grantham Former Woolworths Lion Head – Gravity Bar

Source: Building Our Past

46 High Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire

In 1957 Woolworths moved to the High Street, and three shops – Dewhurst butchers, the Grantham Journal and O’Brien’s Cycle Shop – were demolished to make way for the new store. The Grantham Journal was incorporated into the new building. The newspaper had been on this site since 1868.

Grantham Woolworths 1950s-60s

Grantham Woolworths 1950s-60s

In the 1990s Grantham was a pilot Heartland store. Heartland stores were a formula for market towns including “the Kitchen shop, improved displays of Toys and Kidswear, as well as new third-party ranges that could be delivered quickly and cheaply. Video rental brought a new dimension, complete with the obligatory chute at the back of the stores to return tapes out of hours. The stores also offered a dry cleaning service. New products included Petcare, an extended offer of home cleaning products, and a welcome return for a limited range of toiletries after a year-long absence, as well as Newspapers and Magazines.” (Extract from Woolworths Museum)

Former assistant store manager Matt Fox has fond memories of the store, it had a key place on Grantham High Street.

Grantham Woolworths 2008

Grantham Woolworths 2008

The store closed in December 2008 and today you will find B&M Bargains in its place.

Grantham Former Woolworths - B&M

Lincoln – Store 156

301 High Street, Lincoln 

In 1924 Woolworths opened on the High Street in the historic City of Lincoln.

Lincoln Woolworths 1924

Lincoln Woolworths 1924

Source: Woolworths Museum

In the 1930s, the store had was extended and the property team had to adapt their standard store styling to secure permission to build. The store facade was timbered in Old England style, similar to the Kingston store.

Lincoln Woolworths 1950s

Lincoln Woolworths 1950s

The location was a prominent one, being close to the Lincoln Stonebow (The Stonebow is the south gate of the City, dating from the late 15th Century to early 16th Century).

Lincoln Woolworths 1955

Lincoln Woolworths 1955

Lincoln Woolworths 1965

Lincoln Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

The store closed in September 1989 as the land became part of the Waterside Shopping Centre developement. Below is how the former Woolworths side looks today.

Lincoln Former Woolworths - Waterside Shopping Centre

Lincoln Former Woolworths – Waterside Shopping Centre

A new Woolworths store opened inside the Waterside Shopping Centre at Unit 30 – presumably when the shopping centre opened. in March 1992. The new store number was 1171.

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre - Store 1171)

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre – Store 1171)

Source: Lincolnshire Live

Former employee Matt Fox has great memories of working in this store, especially at Christmas time with the store being shoulder to shoulder with the Lincoln market. The location of the store was in the centre of the shopping centre.

They traded here for about a decade and then closed a few years prior to the chain going bust.

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre - Store 1171)

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre – Store 1171)

Source: Hitchborne D.

Primark took on the unit where it still is today.

Lincoln Former Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre) - Primark

Lincoln Former Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre) – Primark

 

Sutton Coldfield – Store 155

97 The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

The 155th Woolworths store opened in the royal town of Sutton Coldfield (made royal by Henry VIII in 1528). It opened on The Parade on the former site of a cinema. It must have done well, as a zebra crossing was put in front of the store – I am guessing there would have been high footfall at this location.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Source: www.sutton-coldfield.net

68-74 Parade, Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1PR

In the 1960s Woolworths moved across the road from number 97 to a much larger site at numbers 68-74. In 1974 the Gracechurch Centre was opened and Woolworths backed into this shopping centre, with a second entrance. It was an extremely large store on multiple floors that included a cafe.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008 and it lay empty for 18 months, probably due to it’s size and the fact that most major brands were already present in Sutton Coldfield. In the end H&M moved from inside the shopping centre to this building, as well as the Card Factory to the left.

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths - Card Factory and H&M

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths – Card Factory and H&M

Gateshead – Store 154

232 – 242 High Street, Gateshead, Co Durham NE8 1DL

In 1923 Woolworths opened on Gateshead High Street, on the site of the Queen’s Theatre that was fire damaged the previous year in 1922.

Sadly there are no photos of this Woolworths store when it was open, but from this photo it seems there was a 1950s makeover. And the facade to the right looks like it would have been a Burtons in the early days.

Former store manager Lee Pearson has fond memories of the store and the team, and took it through a 5/5 refit in the 2000s. He also remembers there being an Index catalogue shop next door.

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

After 2 years of the store laying empty, Poundland opened there in September 2010. But this branch only stayed there until 2014, when they moved to Trinity Square.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Poundland

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Soult G

Today the Newbridge Studios have taken over the building, so it is a gallery and an artist’s studio – quite different from what usually happens to former Woolworths building. And if you look up, you can seen the Woolies architecture is still in place.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Newbridge Studios

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Newbridge Studios

Bargoed – Store 153

5 – 6 High Street, Bargoed, Glam CF8 8YJ

Woolworths opened in the Welsh town of Bargoed in 1923. The High Street is on a hill, so although from the front it looks as though it was a single storey store, it did in fact have two lower floors, and there is an upper floor peeking behind the frontage. I’m guessing this was a 1950s/60s building from the rectangular look.

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008. The building lay empty for a few years, and then in 2011 The Original Factory Shop moved into the upper floor. The lower floors were converted into council offices.

Bargoed Former Woolworths - The Original Factory Shop

Bargoed Former Woolworths – The Original Factory Shop

Sadly it has recently been announced this July 2018 that The Original Factory Store would be closing many of their branches due to poor trading, so this building will be empty again.

Birkenhead – Store 152

220a Grange Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire L41 6EQ

Woolworths opened in Birkenhead in 1923. Although there are no early photos online, you can tell from this photo that this facade probably dates from the 1930s with it’s Art Deco design.

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Source: Tiger

It was a store where there were reportings of ghosts being seen in the basement, where there was a crypt. Spooky.

This photo shows the inside of the store on the closing day.

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Source: Wooley J.

And this is the last staff photograph. Thank you to Julie for sharing these.

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Source: Wooley J.

Primark was already next door. When Woolworths closed in December 2008, they extended into this space creating a mega superstore Primark. They covered up the windows on the upper floors too – it looks like they have been painted over.

Birkenhead Former Woolworths - Primark

Birkenhead Former Woolworths – Primark

Source: Mayer P

Still, next time you are shopping at Primark in Birkenhead, take a look up and admire the Woolies Art Deco facade (minus windows!).

Exeter – Store 151

190/191 High Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

Woolworths first opened in Exeter on 1st December 1923 on Fore Street, in former tobacconist building H C Lloyd & Son Ltd.

In 1934 they moved on to the High Street, purchasing 190 and 191, which were Garton & King and Pinder & Tuckwell. The two buildings were put together with an impressive Monks Park Stonework facade, installed by the Bath and Portland Stone Firms Ltd, which you can see below.

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Source: Exeter Memories

In 1976 they moved out of this building into the then new shopping centre. Today this building is occupied by McDonalds and MenKind.

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Source: Exeter Express and Echo

Unit 100, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

The new Guildhall Shopping Centre was built in the 1970s, and Woolworths moved into a 2-storey unit in 1976. Their site was on the North Street side, with entrances on Waterbeer Street and Trickhay Street. There was a cafe on the top floor, with a third entrance/exit which led to the first floor of the shopping centre.

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Source: Exeter Memories

The store closed in December 2008. Soon afterwards, Wilko took over the building, where it is still trading today. This is a view from inside the shopping centre.

Exeter Wilko 2015

Exeter Wilko 2015

Source: 192.com

 

Kilburn – Store 150

100-104 High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 4HX

The 150th Woolworths store to open was Kilburn in North London, in 1923. I can’t find any photos of the exterior from the early days, but there is this one of the inside from the 1930s, showing a spectacular spring bulbs display.

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1932

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1932

Source: Flashbak

This photo shows the inside in the 1960s, a very busy store showing the Woolworths girls each in charge of their counters.

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1960s

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1960s

Source: Museum of London

Kilburn Woolworths traded from the High Road all the way to the end, and apparently had wooden floors for the longest time out of all the Woolworths stores. It finally closed in December 2008.

Kilburn Woolworths 2008

Kilburn Woolworths 2008

Source: Oxyman

Today you will find Iceland in its place.

Kilburn Former Woolworths - Iceland

Kilburn Former Woolworths – Iceland

Source: Flickr

Pen-Y-Graig – Store 149

48 Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig, Rhondda, Glam.

Woolworths opened in the Welsh village of Penygraig (or Pen-Y-Graig) in 1923. It does look like Pen-Y-Craig with a C on the 1972 store list, but Tylacelyn Road is actually in Penygraig.

There’s not any information on the store on the internet, and no closing date either. We know today that the address is for the Co-op store, which from this photo we can guess that is was a small Woolworths village store.

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

Source: Jaggery

If you lived in South Wales, do you or any of your family members remember the Woolworths in Pen-Y-Graig? Please do share any memories/photos.

Ipswich – Store 148

26 – 32 Carr Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1EL

On the 3rd November 1923 Woolworths opened in Ipswich on Carr Street. It was a single storey building with the only architectural embellishment being a central parapet.

Ipswich Woolworths 1923

Ipswich Woolworths 1923

Source: Historic England

Ipswich Woolworths 1938

Ipswich Woolworths 1938

Source: Field C.

In 1939 the store had a makeover to become two floors, with an Art Deco facade (you can see it on the right of this photo).

Ipswich Woolworths 1961

Ipswich Woolworths 1961

Source: Ipswich Lettering

In 1968 the building was replaced by a three-storey superstore, becoming the biggest Woolworths in the country that year.

Ipswich Woolworths 1968

Ipswich Woolworths 1968

Source: Field C.

The new-look store was bright, modern and massive. The lower floor, ie the basement, had household goods and toys. The food hall was on the ground floor along with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. There was also a Harvest cafe on this floor, that served fish and chips and Corona cherryade.

Ipswich Woolworths (Inside) 1968

Ipswich Woolworths (Inside) 1968

Source: Ipswich Star

Former employee Catrina Field tells us that people around Ipswich still talk about the large fish ornament that used to sit over the old Fish bar at the back. According to the Ipswich Star, water flushed down the front of the salmon drawing people to the counter – but this was taken out of the shop during the 1970s when the food hall was remodelled.

Ipswich Woolworths Fish Counter 1968

Ipswich Woolworths Fish Counter 1968

Source: Ipswich Star

What is quite exciting is that the fish is now in the window of a town centre shop! If you are ever in town, why don’t you have a look for it.

Ipswich Former Woolworths 1960s Fish Centrepiece

Ipswich Former Woolworths 1960s Fish Centrepiece

Source: Field C.

In the 1980s, Woolworths stopped selling food. The lower floor was shut, then reopened, and then shut again.

Ipswich Woolworths (back) 1980

Ipswich Woolworths (back) late 1980s

Source: Historic England

A garden centre was built at the back, but then dismantled a few years later. It seems as if Ipswich was a trial store.

Ipswich Woolworths (garden centre entrance) 1980

Ipswich Woolworths (garden centre entrance) late 1980s

Source: Historic England

Catrina also tells us that there were two levels for the stock room but they only used one. The second floor was utilised the last few years she was there and was very creepy – with a room that was once a butchers room and a room dubbed ‘the bird room’. Birds used to fly in and live there, making quite a mess as you can imagine.

The basement was converted to a JJB Sports store (see on the right of this photo).

Ipswich Woolworths 2008

Ipswich Woolworths 2008

Source: Evans K.

The store closed in December 2008 when the chain went bust. Six months on in Ipswich, the empty Woolworths store was still eerily lit up!

Ipswich Woolworths 2009

Ipswich Woolworths 2009

Source: The Telegraph

It eventually became a Poundland, with an Age UK Home shop on the right side. The 1960s facade is still up, so next time you are shopping at Poundland or Age UK, take a look up.

Ipswich Former Woolworths - Poundland

Ipswich Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Ipswich Star

 

Burton-on-Trent – Store 147

154 – 155 High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Woolworths opened in Burton-on-Trent in 1923, taking over the building of Pearson’s the tailor at number 154 High Street. The store did so well that they extended to number 155 the following year. There are no photos of the original store, this earliest photo I can find is this photo from when the store had a makeover in the 1970s. It wasn’t the prettiest of building, but it looked large and functional with a lot of entrance doors.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

On 21st November 1983, the store relocated to the Coopers Square, leaving the High Street building empty for a decade.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Source: Soult G

In more recent years the building is now occupied by pubs, with a makeover on the upper floors that is more pleasing to the eye.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Source: Ballysundriven

Meanwhile over on Coopers Square, the store was inside a shopping centre until the end in December 2008. Again I suspect this was a 10/10 trial store from the red flooring at the entrance and the large red fascia.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

Today it is B&M bargains, and they have kept the Woolworths doors.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths - B&M

B&M Bargains, Coopers Square

Source: Loc8nearme

Hamilton – Store 146

Quarry Street, Hamiton, Lanarkshire

Woolworths opened in Hamilton in 1923, originally on Quarry Street.

Hamilton Woolworths 1932

Hamilton Woolworths 1932

Source: Old Hamilton

29 Regent Way, Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 7EQ

In 1965 a new shopping centre was built and Woolworths moved here. This was where they stayed until the chain closed in December 2008. From this photo you can see there was a blue fascia up, which means this was a 10/10 trial store.

Hamilton Woolworths 2008

Hamilton Woolworths 2008

Source: Daily Record

Today Wilkos is in its place.

Hamilton Former Woolworths - Wilko

Hamilton Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: The Regent Shopping Centre

Kirkcaldy – Store 145

234 – 242 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife

The 145th Woolworths store opened in Kirkcaldy in Scotland. There are no photos of it on the internet at all, but we can guess from the photo of the building today, that it had a makeover in the 1950s/60s, being extended to become a huge store.

The store closed down on 28th June 1986.

In the 1990, a Woolworths Music and Video store opened at 148 High Street (Store 1168) and then in the late 1990s, a traditional Woolworths returned to Kirkcaldy at the Mercat Shopping Centre on the High Street (Store 1201).

Today the building of the original store at 234 – 242 High Street houses the Kirkcaldy Indoor Market, which gives an idea of the size of the Woolworths store that was. The Woolworths does are still in use after all these years.

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths - Indoor Market

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths – Indoor Market

Source: Flickr

And what is exciting is that an original mosaic Woolworths floor still exists in front of the fire doors at the far right of the building.

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

If you do have any photos of any of the Kirkcaldy Woolworths store, please do send them in, it would be great to see how they looked.

Sunderland – Store 144

7 – 10a Fawcett Street, Sunderland, County Durham SR1 1SL

Woolworths opened in Sunderland on the 5th October 1923. It was a very large store, though I assume it started off small and was then extended. This photo shows the store in 1940 with wooden shutters over the windows to protect from potential bomb blasts in the Second World War. The facade was an Art Deco design applied in 1936-7, with the windows having decorative stepped heads.

Sunderland Woolworths 1940s

Sunderland Woolworths 1940

Source: Historic England

In 1976 a planning application was put in to extend the ground floor, which was approved. But in 1987 an application was put in to reduce the sales floor.

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Source: @WearsideEchoes (twitter)

This photo was taken a few years before the store closed down in 2004.

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Source: Sunderland Echo

The reason it closed in 2004 was because Primark offered a sum that Woolworths could not refuse, and so they bought this building.

Sunderland Former Woolworths - Primark (2011)

Sunderland Former Woolworths – Primark (2011)

Source: Ballysundriven

But Primark recently moved into the nearby shopping centre, after all that. In 2016 a designer fashion retailer called Flannels moved in. Regardless of all the changes, the Woolies architecture remains above the store.

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Source: Soult G