73 – 75 High Street West, Wallsend-on-Tyne, Northumberland
Woolworths opened in Wallsend in 1929. It was originally at 73 – 75 High Street West and they traded here until 1959. There are no photos online of the early Woolworths store, but the building today is a vacant one.
2 – 4 High Street East, Wallsend-on-Tyne, Northumberland NE28 8PQ
In 1959 Woolworths moved to their new purpose-built premised at 2 – 4 High Street East, which was much larger, and very distinctively 1960s looking in style.
The fascia was updated in the 1980s.
And again another logo update in the 1990s.
Source: Newcastle Journal
Google Maps still shows Woolworths open if you click the year button back to 2008, but I’m sure this will disappear very soon. So I have saved some of the images here. We can see the doors were wooden right until the end, and there’s a ‘Back to School’ stand outside the entrance that says ‘Pick up a FREE catalogue’. This was in August 2008. Folders had a Price Drop to 74p, and the A-Board advertises NEW WorthIt CARDS from 29p.
The corner windows advertised a Price Drop on Project Books to £2.23, and the Alcatel OT-V212 Zebra, only at Woolies, for £14.99. This was a basic mobile that was good for kids, tying in with the Back to School products. I don’t think kids these days would be happy with it though – no touch screen?!
The side entrance at the back of the store was a Fire Exit, and looking through the window I can see suitcases on a shelf high up – not sure how safe that was.
There was a delivery taking place when these photos were taken, explaining the open doors. Look at this Woolworths delivery truck.
The store closed after the chain went bust in December 2008.
It became a copycat store called ‘Well Worth It’, and they even kept the ‘W’ swirls on the doors.
Well Worth It didn’t last long though, and today Heron Foods is in the building. They closed up the doors on the left, putting in their own black mosaics under the new windows. The rest of the doors and windows are exactly how they were when it was a Woolworths.