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.
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).
Source: Francis Frith
This building is occupied by the Gravity Bar today.
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.
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.
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.
The store closed in December 2008 and today you will find B&M Bargains in its place.