Holyhead Woolworths – Store 806

55 Market Street, Holyhead, Isle of Angelsey LL65 1UG

Woolworths opened in Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey in 1953. The Isle of Anglesey is on the northwest coast of Wales. The store opened in a 19th century building. Below are some early staff photos.

Holyhead Woolworths Staff 1950s

Source: Burnell, R.

Holyhead Staff Photo 1950s/60s

Source: Rowlands, A.

It was a large store. Former store manager Michael O’ Shea says the store had 2 levels above staff rooms and 2 levels below stockroom and loading dock.

Holyhead Woolworths

Source: Flickr – Glenntheben

There was also an upstairs resident ghost called Mary according to Jeff Scott and Chris Jones. Spooky!

Holyhead Woolworths 2008

Source: dailypost.co.uk

The store closed in December 2008 after 55 years of trading at this location. The building has lay empty since.

It is one of the last former Woolworths that still has a fully intact sign up today. This photo was taken in August 2022. Not sure how long for though, as there is planning permission to demolish the building and put up a 119 bedroom hotel.

Holyhead Former Woolworths

Source: Batchelor, J.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Stephen Nolan says:

    An important Woolies for Irish shoppers after the 1984 shutdown of the Republic of Ireland stores. The first stop when you got off the Dublin ferry at Holyhead!

    That ghost sign is at the back of the store and visible for people coming off the ferry

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