84 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Woolworths opened Store 116 in Bishop Auckland in 1922. The architecture was of a standard Woolies style. You can see it has been kept the same through the years, with the fascia being updated.
Source: Northern Echo
In this photo you can see the canopy from the 1950s has gone, and the lettering is more chunky and all in caps.
Source: Northern Echo
In more recent years, tiling was put around the round pillars at the entrance, and the fascia was red and white. The store closed in December 2008.
Today it is Boyes, and if you are ever in Bishop Auckland, you will see the instantly recognisable Woolworths architecture above.
100 – 108 King Street, South Shields, County Durham NE33 1JG
Woolworths opened in South Shields in 1921 on King Street. The town was heavily hit in World War II, and the store got destroyed. It took 8 years for it to be rebuilt.
The store lasted until the end in December 2008.
Source: Cornfoot R.
Today the building is occupied by Poundland and Peacocks (previously Store Twenty One pictured).
78-79 Northgate, Darlington, Durham DL1 1TZ
The twenty-eighth Woolworths store was in Darlington. It opened on Northgate in 1913 with Frank W Woolworth personally opening it.
Source: Woolworths Museum
The store was extended in 1927, and this is possibly when an Art Deco facade was added. Graham Soult did a lot of research to find out what the building is today, as it seems the street numbering changes across the decades – you can read more about that here. He worked out by looking at the location of building in old postcards, that the Woolworths store would have been next to BHS at 56-58, formerly Burtons, then a £5 store and now vacant.
Source: Google Maps
12-18 Northgate, Darlington, Durham DL1 1TZ
On 20th September 1940, the store relocated to bigger premises at numbers 12-18, joining togther three shops by the looks of it.
Source: The Durham Record
In the below photo, you can actually see the old store front further down the road.
The store closed in December 2008.
Source: Darlington Library
Now this old Woolworths is occupied by Next and the smaller side to the left is occupied by Holland and Barratt (not pictured here).
Source: Soult G.