19 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 7NW
Woolworths opened in Market Harborough on the site of an old motor garage at 19 High Street in 1928. The garage was demolished and the Woolworths store was built in their recognisable style.
Source: Francis Frith
They traded here until the 1970s. Today a Savers store trades from this site, which opened there in the 2010s. You can tell it was a Woolworth store from the style of the upper floor and the tiles.
45-51 The Square, Market Harborough LE16 7PA
Woolworths relocated to 43-51 The Square, which is just down the road from its first location on the High Street.
You may notice that the Woolworths logo is different from the usual. This is because this was a 10/10 store, where a new look was trialled in 2002/03. Market Harborough was the lucky store that got chosen to try out the new design for the smaller stores. Unfortunately it didn’t work as well as it did in the larger stores – the store became too congested and customers found it hard to get to the back of the shop on busy days. So the design wasn’t rolled out to the rest of the small Woolworths stores.
Market Harborough Woolworths closed on 27th December 2008. Here is it after it closed down:
Source: ballysundriven, Flickr
In late 2009 it became a New Look, which it still is today.
New Look, Market Harborough, 2014
Source: Hilsden C.
This post was originally written in March 2015