210 – 214 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9LU
The first Woolworths store to open in the year of 1928 was in Handsworth, Birmingham. It opened on Soho Road (It’s the middle terraced building in this photo. Burton is on the far right in an Art Deco style building.)
Source: Photographs of Birmingham
The store was extended later on, to take on more of that terrace. Sadly this building was hit in 1942 during WW2.
Source: Handsworth History
Woolworths rebuilt the store and reopened on 14th October 1955 – this photo was taken shortly after this date. It was the first Woolworths store to have the curtain walling style. On the right side you can see a space for another shop.
Below you can see a shop has moved in next to Woolworths.
Source: Birmingham Images
In the 1970s Curtess shoe shop is next door, and in this close-up of Woolworths you can see the mosaic floor tiles at the doors.
The store closed before 1995 as it is not on that store list. It became Brubakers according to locals. Today it is Iceland, and it looks like the Woolworths curtain walling has been painted a lovely shade of cream.