6-8 Majestic Buildings, Campbell Place, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs
Woolworths opened in Stoke-on-Trent in 1928. Two other Stoke-on-Trent stores already existed at Hanley and Longton. This third one opened at 6-8 Majestic Buildings, which we know thanks to Graham Soult‘s research. You can see the small store on the far right of this photo. The building on the far left was the Majestic Cinema, and in front are concrete shelters for cinema-goers to be protected from the rain when queuing.
12 – 14 Campbell Place, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST4 1LY
In the 1957, quite soon after the above photo was taken, Woolworths acquired the cinema and demolished it to building a new, bigger store. The rather ugly concrete shelters were kept – they were then used as bus shelters.
In the below 1963 photo, you can see the new Woolworths store in the distance, and that a little supermarket replaced the original store.
This Woolworths lasted until the end, closing after the chain went bust in December 2008.
Source: Photo History of Stoke-on-Trent
It became a Bargain Buys store.
And the original Woolworths is now a Heron Foods.