12 – 14 Haymarket, Sheffield
Woolworths opened their third Sheffield store in 1928. The other two were at The Moor and Attercliffe Road. This one was on Haymarket. It was an interesting looking building with a central arch design on the upper floors. The fascia said ‘Cafe Entrance’ at one end, next to the F.W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd text.
It looks like it was a very popular store from these busy street scenes.
Source: Picture Sheffield
In 1959 they moved down a bit to numbers 34 – 36 Haymarket, where a huge new superstore had been built. There was an upstairs floor with an elevated walkway.
34 – 36 Haymarket, Sheffield S1 1PG
In the 1970s, this store was converted to a Woolco, with a Woolco store number of 2009. Woolco was Woolworth’s hypermarket format. Half of the space was given to groceries, the other half to home, garden, fashions (child & adult), furniture, homewares, electrical appliances, audio-visual ranges, sports and leisure goods. This on top of the full Woolworth range. More Woolco stores were out-of-town, but the Sheffield store was one in a town centre.
Source: Hearson M.
In 1986 all Woolco stores in the UK were sold by Kingfisher. The Sheffield Woolco closed in June 1986, and Wilkinsons took over that unit. They still trade there today, by their more modern name of Wilko. Woolco is now Wilko.