104 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight
Woolworths opened their second Isle of Wight store in Newport in 1928. This first one opened in Ryde the previous year. The Newport store was originally at 104 High Street, as pictured below.
Some time after 1972, the store extended into the neighbouring building, so it spanned from 103 to 104 High Street. The store lasted until the chain went bust in December 2008.
Source: Capper I.
The unit was split – 103 is now Card Factory and 104 is Poundland. The Woolworths tiles at the sides are still present.
160 – 161 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Woolworths opened its first Isle of Wight store at the beginning of 1927. They chose to open in Ryde which is on the north of the island, 5 miles south of Portsmouth on the English coast.
There are no early photos of the store, but from this recent one, we can guess that two character buildings were demolished to build the Woolworths store, and that there was probably a 1950s makeover.
This photo was taken in June 2008, and we can see Price Drop posters in the window – Fruit Shoots down to 49p, Toblerones to £2. There’s an interesting red border sticker around the windows.
Source: Emily and James
The store closed in December 2008 and was empty for a while. It eventually became an M&Co, which it still is today.