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Belfast North Street – Store 99

157 – 161 North Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 1NE

Woolworths opened their second Belfast store, Store 99, at 59 North Street in 1921. The first store was on the High Street (Store 59).

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1920s

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1920s

Source: The Irish News

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1930s

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1930s

Source: Belfast Forum

In 1956 they moved to the site of the Gaiety Cinema at 157  – 161 North Street. The old site became the Northern Ireland Tourist Board – well actually the building doesn’t exist, it would have been where the tree is in the below photo.

Belfast North Street Former Woolworths

Belfast North Street Former Woolworths

As for the new store, there are no photos online of numbers 157 – 161 as a Woolworths store, but you can clearly recognise the architecture of the building from the below photo. This was taken in 1998 when it was a Star Bingo Club, so the Woolworths store closed before this date.

Former Belfast North Street Woolworths - Star Bingo 1998

Former Belfast North Street Woolworths – Star Bingo 1998

Source: Cinema Treasures

Today it still is a Star Bingo, it looks the same as it did in 1998 but with a different fascia. The area around it has a lot of graffiti and looks run down, perhaps that was the reason Woolworths left.

 

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Chiswick – Store 91 / 2021

356 – 362 High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5TE

Woolworths opened in Chiswick, West London, in 1920 on the High Road on the site of the former Palais cinema. The store traded here for nearly 90 years. In the 80s it became a Heartland store, and in the early 2000s it became a General store and was renumbered 2021. My husband was a trainee manager at the time and he said it did terribly, as it was directly opposite an M&S Simply Food. With Chiswick being a posh area, customers simply would not choose Woolworths over M&S to buy their bread and milk.

Chiswick Woolworths 2008

Chiswick Woolworths 2008

It was also the store where a man just strolled in and stole 4 microwaves that were stacked by the entrance. On checking the CCTV, they saw that he looked around, picked up the microwaves, walked out and just loaded them into the boot of his car. It does sound quite amusing now.

In June 2008 it was announced that Woolworths were selling the leaseholds of 4 London stores – Chiswick, Angel, Clapham Junction and Edgware Road – to Waitrose for £25.5m. So the store closed in the summer of 2008 and became a Waitrose.

Chiswick Former Woolworths - Waitrose

Chiswick Former Woolworths – Waitrose

Source: Ballysundriven

Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) – Store 90

89 Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

The 90th Woolworths store opened in Kingstown in Ireland, in 1920. In 1921, the town got renamed Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary). In the below photo you can see the store on the right with the three pointed roofs.

Kingstown Dun Laoghaire Woolworths 1920s

Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Woolworths 1920

Source: Historical Picture Archive

The store traded here for 64 years until Woolworths left Ireland in 1984. Since Woolworths closed, the building has been an M&S Simply Food.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - M&S

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – M&S 2009

Today it is occupied by a shop called Sostrene Grene.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - Sostrene Grene

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – Sostrene Grene

Acton – Store 87

106 – 112 High Street, Acton, London W3 6RH

Woolworths opened on Acton High Street in West London on 31st July 1920. It wasn’t a purpose-built store as the architecture is uniform along the High Street. The store was extended on 14th February 1931, and then modernised in July 1937.

Nearly three decades late, the store was modernised in April 1964. Two years later there was further extension in December 1966, and in August 1978 the store was modernised again.

It was cut down in March 1986, with the unit sublet by Chartwell Land.

There are no photos of the store, but it did exist as my other half remembers shopping there in the 1990s. Acton Woolworths finally closed on 12th June 1993.

Today the building is occupied by the Belvedere pub.

Acton Former Woolworths - The Belverdere
Acton Former Woolworths – The Belvedere

 

With thanks to Graham Hill for supplying the dates.


The next store has already been written about:

Torquay – Store 88

Cork – Store 83

39 – 41 Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland

Woolworths opened its third Irish store in Cork on Patrick Street on 6th February 1920. It was quite a large corner building.

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

In 1922-23 trading was suspended for 18 months due to a labour dispute.

Cork Woolworths 1931

Cork Woolworths 1931

Source: Twitter

Cork Woolworths was a popular, busy store. Below are some 1960s photos.

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Source: Cork Archives

Cork Woolworths 1970

Cork Woolworths 1970

Source: Listowel Connection

In 1974 it had a full refurbishment and you can see the new fascia in the below photo.

Cork Woolworths 1984

Cork Woolworths 1984

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store closed when Woolworths left Ireland in 1984.

Today the store has been split into 2 units. One was River Island until recently, the other is a bank.

Cork Former Woolworths - River Island and a Bank

Cork Former Woolworths – River Island and a Bank

Source: Buildings of Ireland

Bromley – Store 80

140 – 142 High Street, Bromley BR1 1HB

The 80th Woolworths store opened in 1919 on Bromley High Street. It was originally numbered 33-34, but later renumbered 140-142. In 1926 the store doubled in size. The architect had considered removing the original pediment of 1919 and installing a straight balustrade. But they went with recreating a second pediment.

In this photo you can see the original side is on the right, as the arc lights are hanging under the facade. There is a sign saying ‘No perambulators in this store after 2.30pm today’

Bromley Woolworths 1920s

Bromley Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

This photo is from 1969 when you can see the store has been updated and there is a rather out of scale ‘Woolworth’ fascia.

Bromley Woolworths 1969

Bromley Woolworths 1969

Source: Historic England

Bromley Woolworths closed down in the early 1980s when Kingfisher took over.

Today at 140 High Street is Deichmann (previously Miss Selfridge/Dorothy Perkin/Burton) and the building has been completely rebuilt.

Bromley Former Woolworths - Deichmann

Bromley Former Woolworths – Deichmann

Source: Michael Rogers


Read about these stores:

Aberdeen – Store 79

Weston-Super-Mare – Store 81

Dublin (Henry Street) – Store 76

18-19 Henry Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Woolworths opened their second Dublin store on Henry Street in 1918. The building was purpose-built, as the building that had previously been on the site was destroyed in the Easter Rising of April 1916. You can see the year ‘1917’ in the gable as this was when it was built. The store was bigger than the first Dublin branch on Grafton Street (Store 31), with an entrance on Henry Street and another entrance to a shopping arcade.

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Source: Historic England

The store was extended over time, taking over the two stores to the left.

Woolworths in Henry Street was famous in particular for its Ice Cream kiosk.

“Apart from cheap sweets and pop records, the great attraction of Woolworths for kids, and many parents, was its ice-cream kiosk. In the early 1930s, when refrigeration was still a novelty in many parts of the country, Woolworths had all the US-supplied equipment necessary to become the biggest seller of ice cream in Ireland. Queues formed in both of their Dublin stores from morning opening to evening closing to buy their famously creamy cones. Hughes Brothers (HB) won the contract to supply all of Woolworths’ ice cream in the late 1920s and the chain remained HB’s biggest customer until the late 1960s” Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Source: Pinterest

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Source: Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

In 1980 the store had a full makeover with a new fascia and pastel-coloured modernised units inside (you can read more about that here, and the lead up to the closure of all Irish Woolworth stores).

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

The store closed in 1984, and was sub divided into seven different units – four on Henry Street and three inside the arcade.

Today the original front of the building is occupied by Vision Express and HMV, with the extension occupied by Boots and Extrovert.  If you look above you can still see the original architecture.

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Source: Irish Times

With thanks to Stephen Nolan for his help on this post.


You can read about Store 75 Aberdare here

Ealing Broadway – Store 74 \ 1149

43-47 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5AX

Store 74 opened in Ealing Broadway in 1916 in a purpose-built store – the date can be seen in the pediment.

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1930

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1930

Source: Historic England

The store was extended some time between 1930 and 1965, and the building went up. You can see it below on the right side (the taller building in the middle)

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1965

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

In the 1987 it became a trial ‘Kidstore’ concept store, the first one of its kind, selling kids clothing, toys and confectionary only.  It was renumbered to 1149. Shoppers liked the new look and sales were good, leading to two further Kidstore branches in Colchester and Lewisham. You can read more about it here. The successes from Kidstore were implemented into all Woolworth stores. A lot of non-performing departments were dropped, such as food, furniture and adult clothing, and it also led to the rebrand of F.W.Woolworth to ‘Woolworths’.

Ealing Broadway Kidstore Woolworths 1980s

Ealing Broadway Kidstore Woolworths 1980s

Source: Pinterest

The store was branded back to ‘Woolworths’ in 1988/89.

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Source: Kinsella B.

The big calculator from the Kidstore days was kept as a display item at the cashpoint.

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Thank you to former employee Beverley Kinsella for these photos.

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

A couple of years later in 1992 the store closed. Today the building is occupied by Sports Direct.

Ealing Broadway Former Woolworths - Sports Direct

Source: All in London


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Aberdare – Store 75

Devonport – Store 69

9-11 Marlborough Street, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon PL1 4AG

*All this information has been researched by Liz Cook who writes Devonport Online.

F.W. Woolworths, Store 69, was established in Fore Street Devonport in June 1916. It was destroyed in the blitz of WWII, on the night of 22nd/23rd April, 1941.

The company continued trading into the late 1950s in temporary premises a few yards away, on the corner of Fore Street and Morice Street. [1]

Devonport Woolworths 1954

Devonport Woolworths 1954

Source: BBC

Above is an exterior view of the temporary Woolworths and below shows the inside. It was stepped all the way through. The top image is looking down the store, with the exit to Fore Street at the bottom. The lower image is looking up through the store. Look at the number of staff! There was one to each counter in those days.

Woolworth DevonportWoolworth Devonport

Source: Steve Johnson’s CyberHeritage

In March 1946 F.W. Woolworth’s applied to redevelop the bombed site of the Royal Hotel in Fore Street, but their application was turned down as the Admiralty required the land.

Woolworths opened their new shop at number 9 -11 Marlborough Street in September, 1960. Mr D.C. Davies was appointed as manager to the Marlborough Street store in October, 1969. [1]

Devonport Woolworths 1960s

Devonport Woolworths 1960s

Source: Plymouth Facebook Group

Woolworth’s ceased trading at Marlborough Street and vacated the store in the mid-80s as part of the Kingfisher disposals.

Today the building is occupied by Iceland.

Devonport Former Woolworths - Iceland

Devonport Former Woolworths – Iceland

Source: Devonport Online

[1] The New Bond. House journal of of F.W. Woolworth’s and Co, Ltd. June/July 1970. Volume 29 number 3

Blackpool – Store 66

Royal Market, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, Lancs FY1 4SB

In April 1916, Woolworths opened their 66th store in Blackpool, on the site of the Royal Market, next to the Royal Hotel and next to Blackpool Tower – a very prominent position.

In 1926 the premises has been expanded as it was a popular store. Day visitors to Blackpool would come straight off the train, cross the road and wander through Woolworths until the pubs opened.

The Royal Hotel continued trading until 1936, and that is when Woolworths took over the whole corner site to create a huge Art Deco mega superstore – the biggest Woolworths ever (at the time).

Blackpool Woolworths 1936

Blackpool Woolworths 1936 (being constructed)

Source: Ian 10B

“In 1936 the construction team planned to demolish the successful branch at the junction of Promenade and Bank Hey Street in Blackpool, a popular seaside resort on the North-West coast of England. It was replaced by a huge store with three large trading floors and two floors of restaurants above. The elaborate design included bright bronzework, marble cream ‘Darwen’ glazed bricks and a landmark clocktower and flagpole. The store was the largest and most modern of 2,000 Woolworth’s across the world when it opened in 1938.

When it opened in the Spring of 1938, the store on the Promenade at Bank Hey Street in Blackpool was Woolworth’s most ambitious building ever. The huge premises dominated the skyline. The icon was visible for miles along the Fylde coast and right out to sea. The resort on England’s North West coast had become the country’s favourite, attracting millions of tourists each year. The site was triangular and opened into three streets. The building was made of glazed, cream bricks with a marble finish. It had bronze window frames with elaborate bright-work. A clocktower added the finishing touch.

There were three salesfloors, each 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2), and two 2,000 seat restaurants on further levels. The upper facility was mainly reserved for private parties, but gave the capacity required for tourists visiting the town during Wakes Weeks when their local industry all closed at once. Woolworth offered main dishes for sixpence (2½p) and a full meal for two shillings (10p) or less.”

Source: Woolworths Museum

The square tower at the top was a ventilation shaft, pumping cool air into the store, and there was a clock and an illuminated ‘Woolworths Cafe’ sign.

Blackpool Woolworths 1955

Blackpool Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

Blackpool Woolworths

Blackpool Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pinterest

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Blackpool Woolworths 1980s

Shortly after the store was refurbished with this new fascia, Kingfisher sold the premises and this Woolworths superstore closed. It became a gaudy Pricebusters in the mid-80s, which was rather a shame for such a beautiful buidling. Today, Blackpool day-trippers can come into this building for a drink, as it’s now a Wetherspoons, with a Sports Direct on top.

Blackpool Former Woolworths - Wetherspoons and Sports Direct

Cheltenham – Store 60

123-125 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1DN

The 60th Woolworths store opened in Cheltenham in 1915 – though the address is unconfirmed, we can presume it was somewhere on the High Street. The design was a classical war-time one similar to Hanley (Store 55) with an open pediment and a Venetian window, but this one also had a large clock.

Cheltenham Woolworths 1920s-30s

Cheltenham Woolworths 1920s-30s

Source: Historic England

In 1957 Woolworths bought the site of the Royal Hotel at  numbers 123-125 so they could have a bigger store. This is the building you can see in the below photo.

 

Cheltenham Woolworths 1980s

Cheltenham Woolworths 1980s

Source: Gloucestershire Live

The store must have been huge inside as the site became a shopping centre. In 1986 this Woolworths store closed and was sold to the Arrowcroft Group, who demolished it to make the Beechwood Shopping Centre which opened in 1991 (Source: Cheltenham – Another Shopping Centre Demise)

Today that shopping centre is being demolished to build a John Lewis store. I won’t post a ‘now’ picture as it’s currently a building site.

Woolworths returned to Cheltenham in later years at numbers 105-107 High Store (Store number 1187).

Belfast – Store 59

11-15 High Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 2AJ

Woolworths opened their 59th store in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1915. It suffered serious damage in 1928 when the upper floor cafe caught fire. The building was rebuilt together with Burton’s store next door on a much grander scale – you can see below how they carried on trading in the old store with the building works around it.

Belfast Woolworths 1928

Belfast Woolworths 1928

Source: Historic England

Woolworths collaborated with Burton’s to erect a composite building with an Empire Stone facade, displaying both their names at the top. The architecture resembles Burton’s house style more than Woolworths. Woolworths’ L-shaped store wrapped around Burton’s corner site and had two entrances (1-15 High Street and 2-10 Cornmarket). Woolworths preferred mid-block positions sandwiched between other shops, whereas Burtons preferred corner sites – this made them ideal partners.

Belfast Woolworths 1928

Belfast Woolworths 1928

Source: Historic England

Belfast Woolworths 1930

Belfast Woolworths 1930

Source: Pinterest

In 1974 and 1976 the store was badly damaged by fire when devices exploded. Terrorist attacks were a problem for all Irish stores.

Belfast Woolworths 1978

Belfast Woolworths 1978

Here are some photos of the inside from 1978 – the bright red cash and wrap desk, and the furniture department below.

Belfast Woolworths 1978 (inside)

Belfast Woolworths 1978 (inside)

This furniture department is very similar to the one that cause the deadly fire at Manchester (Store 4).

Belfast Woolworths Furniture Department 1978

Belfast Woolworths Furniture Department 1978

Source: Historic England

Belfast Woolworths closed in 2003 after the landlord sold the building for redevelopment. 90 of the staff were transferred to other branches, but the majority were given redundancy packages.

Belfast Woolworths 1998

Belfast Woolworths 1998

Source: CAIN

The whole building was taken over by Dunnes, and here is how it looks today. You can still see ‘Burton’ in the stone at the top of the building.

Belfast Former Woolworths - Dunnes

Belfast Former Woolworths – Dunnes

Source: Bridge, A.

Deptford – Store 57

110 – 112 High Street, Deptford, London SE8 4NU

Woolworths opened their 57th store on Deptford High Street in 1915. Not to be confused with the New Cross store that got tragically destroyed in the Second World War killing 168 people. This store is a different one in the nearby Deptford High Street and it survived the war if this photo is correct.

Deptford Woolworths 1960s

Deptford Woolworths 1960s

Source: ipernity

There is not much information online about the store. The address 110 -112 High Street is shared by Iceland and Right Price Superstore, and the frontage above does look like a 1970s Woolworths facade. So perhaps the store was modernised at that time to convert to self-service. There is no closure date online – I am guessing it closed in the 1980s. If you know more about Deptford Woolworths, please do let us know in the comments.

Deptford Former Woolworths | Iceland

Deptford Former Woolworths | Iceland

Dover – Store 47

62 – 63 Biggin Street, Dover, Kent CT16 1DD

Woolworths opened their 47th store in Dover in 1915 on Biggin Street. The store was purpose-built, next to a shoe shop called Marchant & Tubb on the junction with Priory Street. Here you can see blackout curtains put in during WWII, and unusually the ‘F.W. Woolworth & Co Ltd’ looks painted on.

Dover Woolworths 1940

Dover Woolworths 1940

Source: Getty Images

There is conflicting information on the Woolworths Museum website that says the store got completely destroyed in WWII, but the below photo is supposedly from the 1950s. Unless that date is wrong.

Dover Woolworths 1950s

Dover Woolworths 1950s (more likely to be 1940s)

Source: Dover Blog

You can see that the building still exists today but you might not recognise it as it’s been painted grey with all the decorative cornicing removed. The corner building next door has gone so perhaps it was bombed but the Woolworths building survived.

 

Dover Former Woolworths - Savers 2017

Dover Former Woolworths – Savers 2017

Woolworths had tried to purchase the whole block between Worthington Street, Priory Street, Biggin Street and Priory Place, but several businesses held out. So Woolworth closed their Dover branch (date unknown), not re-opening until they acquired the old Post Office building on numbers 65-66 on the opposite corner of Priory Road in the 1990s (store 1206).

If you are ever shopping in Dover, do have a look up at Savers. It does look rather terrible with the crumbling flaky paint, but look at the windows and you’ll see these are the originals.

Cricklewood – Store 42

154 – 156 The Broadway, Cricklewood, London NW2 3ED

Store 42 was in Cricklewood, North West London, opening late 1914. Iconic premises were chosen at the end of the Broadway. The pub next door was the local transport hub, where buses to and from the city centre terminated.

Cricklewood Woolworths 1914

Cricklewood Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

There is not much information on the store during it’s lifetime. It closed in 1984 and today there is an Iceland in the building.

 

Cricklewood Former Woolworths

Cricklewood Former Woolworths

Source: citykey

Colchester – Store 40

48-50 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DL

Woolworths opened their fortieth store in Colchester in September 1914. They partnered with Burtons to share the building.

Colchester Woolworths 1914

Colchester Woolworths 1914

Burtons insisted on having their name on the roof line as the top floor was a Burtons Billiards Hall – to encourage young men to stay out of pubs and play here, and hopefully shop in the store downstairs.

Colchester Woolworths 1930

Colchester Woolworths 1930

Source: Woolworth’s 100 Years on the High Street, Morrison K.

In 1935 Woolworths bought out Burton’s share of the freehold and took over the whole building.

Colchester Woolworths 1935

Colchester Woolworths 1935

The branch was modernised in the 1960s, which you can see on the left here – typical 60s design, I can imagine it was blue aluminium squares.

Colchester Woolworths 1970

Colchester Woolworths 1970

Source: Laodicean

Then it burnt down in a very serious fire in 1973 – there is a story about who started the fire here – don’t know if it is true or not. The store has to be built from scratch. It spent some time further along the street in temporary premises, which oddly enough burnt down a few years later.

Colchester Woolworths 1980s

Colchester Woolworths 1980s

Source: Silvermusic

Colchester Woolworths Close Up 1980s

Colchester Woolworths Close Up 1980s

This was one of the first stores to be sold-off by Kingfisher in 1984. In the late 1990s, Woolworths returned to Colchester in a new and iconic Store 1202 in Culver Square.

Today, this building is split into 3 units – Brighthouse, Paddy Power and Santander. Not a very exciting building in terms of architecture, but next time you walk past these units in Colchester High Street, at least you now know they were a Woolworths.

Colchester Former Woolworths | BrightHouse Paddy Power Santander

Colchester Former Woolworths | BrightHouse Paddy Power Santander

Source: KLM Retail

 

Glasgow Union Street – Store 39

62 – 70 Union Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde G1 3QS

Woolworths opened their first Scottish store in Glasgow on 2nd October 1914, next to a cinema.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1914

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1921 the store was extended, taking over the cinema next door. Shortly after the works were finished, a serious fire broke out in the stockroom that affected neighbouring buildings, causing alarm to the City as it was so close to the station.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1921

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1921

Source: Woolworths Museum

By the 1950s, the store was considered off-location, as it sales were being dwarfed by the nearly Argyle Street branch. The store was closed in 1971, the freehold sold.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths - no date

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths – no date

Source: Evening Times

Today part of Poundland and Rymans are where the Woolworths store was. The building is Category B Listed (that’s the Scottish version of Grade II), so although it’s not Woolworths architecture, it is still a historical building to admire.

Glasgow Union Street Former Woolworths | Poundland Rymans

Glasgow Union Street Former Woolworths | Poundland Rymans

Source: NovaLoca


You can read about Store 38 – Swindon here.

 

Bradford – Store 37

12/14 Darley Street, Bradford, Yorkshire BD1 3HJ

The thirty-seventh Woolworths store opened in Bradford in 1914, on the very steep Darley Street. At this time, coal and wool industries made Bradford the boom town of the north.

Bradford Woolworths 1914

Bradford Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

M&S soon opened next door, meaning Woolworths could not extend sidewards. Instead they extended upwards and behind, while keeping their Art Deco front which you can see in the photo below.

Bradford Woolworths 1937

Bradford Woolworths 1937

Source: Woolworths Museum

Below is the store in the 1950s, on the right in between M&S and Boots.

Bradford Woolworths 1950s

Bradford Woolworths 1950s

Source: Francis Frith

Unfortunately the Art Deco frontage has gone, as in the mid-1960s Woolworths built a huge concrete superstore, taking over the Boots store next door. The store closed in 1983 when Woolworths sold the freehold. In more recent years, the store was split into three, shared by Topshop/Topman, Scotts and Dorothy Perkins/Burton/Evans.

Bradford Former Woolworths |Scotts Dorother Perkin Burton Evans

Source: Primelocation

Today Scotts is still there but the other two units are vacant. Still, if you are interested in seeing some 1960s Woolworths architecture, do take a look at this building at 10-14 Darley Street.


These stores have already been written about, here are the links:

Store 35 – Portsmouth
Store 36 – Nottingham
Store 38 – Swindon

Clapham Junction – Store 34

36/44 St John’s Road, London SW11 1PP

Woolworths opened their thirty-fourth store in Clapham Junction, South West London in 1914. There is not much information from the early days, but there is a photo of the toy department from 1987.

Clapham Junction Woolworths Toy Department 1987

Clapham Junction Woolworths Toy Department 1987

Source: Woolworths Museum

From the below photo it looks like the store had a 1930s makeover, probably a smaller store extended to a large store with an Art Deco facade. Over time one side became Superdrug. They were part of the Kingfisher groups in the 1980s, so this may have happened then.

Clapham Junction Woolworths 2007

Clapham Junction Woolworths 2007

Source: Citykey

The store closed before the company went bust, in the summer of 2008 when about 5 stores were closed down.

Today Waitrose has taken its place, with Superdrug still on the side. It really is a beautiful building, with 1930s style windows – do have a look if you’re ever shopping in Clapham Junction.

Clapham Junction Former Woolworths | Waitrose 2012

Clapham Junction Former Woolworths | Waitrose 2012

Source: Ballysundriven


These store have already been written about, here are the links:

Store 33 – Southend
Store 35 – Portsmouth
Store 36 – Nottingham

Dudley – Store 32

38A High Street, Dudley, West Midlands

On 21st March 1914 Woolworths bought a 25 year lease on a narrow-fronted building at 38A Market Place on Dudley High Street. The store was very successful, famous for its queues, but there was no room for extension.

Dudley Woolworths 1914

Dudley Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

They must have got out of the lease early as they moved along the road to 43 High Street 21 years later, with a grand reopening on 12th April 1935. Though this is numbered 34 on the most recent store list.

Dudley Woolworths 1935

Dudley Woolworths 1935

Source: Woolworths Museum

Below you can see the store on the right of this photo in the 1950s.

Dudley Woolworths 1955

Dudley Woolworths 1955

Source: Express and Star

In 1960 a basement floor was added, fronting King Street, which became a Shoppers World store from 1975 to 1983. This was the Woolworths’ version of Argos.

Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Inside Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Inside Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Dudley Woolworths 2004

Dudley Woolworths 2004

Source: Express and Star

The Dudley store closed in 2008. The building has been converted into a mini mall, so it must have been a huge Woolworths inside if there are now loads of shops inside. The building sadly is looking very sorry for itself and could do with a lick of paint. Nevertheless, if you are shopping in Dudley, do have a look above the Plaza Mall and see a bit of Woolies architecture.

Dudley Former Woolworths | Plaza Mall 2017

Dudley Former Woolworths | Plaza Mall 2017

Source: Butler P.

And as for the back basement floor entrance of Woolworths and the former Shoppers World of King Street – this is now the back of Plaza Mall and a former Rock Zombie bar, which closed due to violence.

Dudley Back of Former Woolworths Shoppers World - now Plaza Mall 2017

Dudley Back of Former Woolworths / Shoppers World – now Plaza Mall 2017

Source: Google Maps


 

The next store – Southend Store 33 – has already been written about here.