Stockton-on-Tees – Store 336

144 High Street, Stockton-on-Tees

Woolworths opened in Stockton-on-Tees on the 1st September 1928. It was then extended in 1933.

Stockton Woolworths 1937

Stockton Woolworths 1937

Source: Picture Stockton Archive

You can see the store in the below photo, with Woodhouse furniture shop  on the right and Sparks cafe on the left.

Stockton Woolworths 1957

Stockton Woolworths 1957

Source: Picture Stockton Archive

The sales area was L-shaped. In the early 1950s the store manager was Mr Coffee the deputy manager was Mr Burnicle (who was to become manager of the Billingham branch) and the staff supervisor was Joan Birtle.

Stockton Woolworths 1958

Stockton Woolworths 1958

Source: Picture Stockton Archive

The store was modernised in 1966. Less than six years later, on 14 April 1972, the store closed and moved to the new Castlegate shopping centre.

Stockton Woolworths 1972 (original, after closure)

Stockton Woolworths 1972 (original, after closure)

Source: Flickr

52 – 55 High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside TS18 1LY

Woolworths traded from the Castlegate shopping centre right until the end in December 2008. Former employee Alex Wood says, “I started my Woolworths and retailing career in 336 Stockton in 1996. A great store with some fantastic people and managers over the years. Hated going in the boiler room though…” Tracy Wearmouth tells us, “336 Stockton was a store I was an ASM , SM and Area Manager for. Fab big store with a great team. Stories….chasing one of the many shop lifters and catching him on the zebra crossing outside and ripping his top off! Scaring Angela Rutter through the office hatch! Doing a stocktake in a wheelchair cause I’d pulled my ligament. Loved it! Good times ”

Although I can’t find any photos from when it was open, you can see how it looked from this photo after closure. I like how it says ‘Welcome to Woolworths Stockton’ above the doors. You can see the 1970s doors with the thick steel strip across the centre and the ‘W’ on the door handles. Glimpsing through the windows you can see how large a store it was. This was the outside entrance, and there was also another entrance to the shopping centre.

Stockton Woolworths 2009

Stockton Woolworths 2009

You can still see the 1970s stores today, with the ‘W’s scrubbed off, at the B&M store that trades from the site today.

Stockton Former Woolworths

Stockton Former Woolworths

Source: Soult G.

As for the original Woolworths at 144 High Street, that building still exists. It was a YMCA shop and a BHP Furniture shop – but today it is vacant again.

Stockton Former Woolworths

Stockton Former Woolworths

 

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One response

  1. Maurice White | Reply

    Mrs Rasmussen (Raz) was the Personnel Manager in the mid 60’s and two Managers at the same time was Norman Fulton, a tyrant, and then John Crombie who was a great guy. One story from Fultons time was a young lady going into labour in the stockroom and having called an ambulance, her Mother said she didn’t know she was pregnant. Friday night pub crawls with the Birds Eye reps (they had cars) were hugely educational.

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