26 – 28a St James Street, Brighton, Sussex BN2 1SJ
Woolworths opened their third Brighton store in 1927. The other two were Store 73 (Western Road) and Store 288 (London Road). This store was on St James Street, pictured below. It was on the side of Brighton nearer to the Palace Pier on the beach. In this 1931 photo you can just make out the poster saying “Xmas Cards”.
In the 1950s the store extended to the left, taking over the old Dairy shop. The upper floor had the curtain walling look. In either the 1960s or 70s, the store halved in size and traded from the right side (26 – 28a). We know this because this is the address listed on the 1972 store list.
This Woolworths closed down in June 1986 – another casualty of the Kingfisher takeover. They decided to close branches where there were two in the same town. It probably became Superdrug straightaway as they were part of the same group – and you can see the Woolworths tilings around the windows and entrance. The left side was a Tesco express from around 2012 to 2016.
Very recently, the upper floor was taken down and new apartments were built on top. Tesco moved out, and just this year a new Starbucks opened. There is no trace of it being a Woolworths now, even the mosaic tiles around Superdrug have been updated. Well, perhaps that white door on the right is from Woolworths days – it looks a bit old!