6-8 Silver Street, Gainborough, Lincolnshire
Woolworths opened in Gainsborough in 1930 – you can see the store in the below photo on the left. It was a purpose-built store with the classic architecture – single storey with a central pediment.
It looks like a market was held in the street in front of Woolworths in the 1960s.
Today the original store has been split in two – occupied by Betfred and Sense. But look up and you will recognise the Woolworths architecture.
32 Market Place, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2BY
I read this comment on Flickr regarding the change of address in the 1970s.
“In the early 1970s the Woolworth chain was so prosperous that they bought the “other” Woolworth’s shop in Market Place (the one that has just closed), and linked the two shops back-to-back. That “Super Woollies” lasted, I suppose, until about 1990, when they reverted to just one store, this time closing the original shop.” Source: tatraškoda
Strangely I can’t find any recent photos of this Woolworths, and it closed in December 2008. Today Heron Foods is in the building.
14 Market Place, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9PA
Woolworths opened in Louth in 1930 on Market Place – you can see the store on the left in the postcard below.
It wasn’t a purpose-built store, it opened in an existing building where they traded right until the end. In this 1972 photo, the store is still as it was when it first opened in the 1930s, and it is lovely to see an original store in colour.
Updates did come though, and it was converted to a Woolworths local. That sign on the right says “Golden Fleece Entrance Through Passage”. The store closed in December 2008.
Today Bargain Buys is in the building, but you can still recognise the Woolworths doors, windows and tiled central pillar,
55 – 59 Lumley Road, Skegness, Lincs PE25 3LT
Woolworths opened their 330th store in the seaside town on Skegness. It doesn’t look like a purpose built store, as the windows on the upper floor look older. Here is a staff photo from 1938.
Sadly I can’t find any more photos of the store through the years, but it did last right up until the end. Here it is in a Google Street View screenshot from 2008. We can see a window poster saying 3 for 2 on All Clothing. Marks and Spencers was next door, but that is now Poundland.
Here are some videos from the closing days.
Today the Yorkshire Trading Company trades from the old Woolworths unit.
15 Bridge Street, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1XE
Woolworths opened in the market town of Spalding in 1928. Sadly just 13 years afterward, the store was badly hit in WW2.
Source: A Pictorial History of Spalding
Woolworths picked themselves up and quickly put up a temporary store in the shell.
Source: Woolworths Museum
A permanent store was built after the war, and they traded here until the end, closing for good in January 2009.
In this photo you can have a better look at how the whole building looked, the upper floor being a quite recognisable 50s style of Woolworths architecture.
After closure, it became a Store Twenty One, which then closed. Today it is Charmed Interiors.
22 Strait Bargate, Boston, Lincs
Woolworths opened in the small market town of Boston in 1924. Unfortunately I cannot find any old photos of the store, just this photo from when the store was closing in December 2008.
Former employee Matt Fox started his retail career at this store and he remembers it having a huge shopfloor with an even bigger warehouse and back of house area. The turnover was £5 – £6 million a year, this was in the 90s – 2000s. The store was in a great location, right in the centre of the town centre.
Source: Croft R.
The store became a branch of QD stores, but this has since closed.
Today Poundstretcher is in the building with a Pet Hut inside.
8 Market Place, Grantham NG31 6LJ
Woolworths opened in Grantham in 1924, originally on Market Place – this photo shows all the men who helped build the store.
Source: Longland, M.
Woolworths traded from Market Place for just over 30 years before moving to bigger premises (see on the left of this 1950s photo).
Source: Francis Frith
This building is occupied by the Gravity Bar today.
Source: Lincolnshire Reporter
If you take a closer look at the fascia of Gravity, you will see surviving Woolworths Lion Head consoles, with the W erased.
Source: Building Our Past
46 High Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire
In 1957 Woolworths moved to the High Street, and three shops – Dewhurst butchers, the Grantham Journal and O’Brien’s Cycle Shop – were demolished to make way for the new store. The Grantham Journal was incorporated into the new building. The newspaper had been on this site since 1868.
In the 1990s Grantham was a pilot Heartland store. Heartland stores were a formula for market towns including “the Kitchen shop, improved displays of Toys and Kidswear, as well as new third-party ranges that could be delivered quickly and cheaply. Video rental brought a new dimension, complete with the obligatory chute at the back of the stores to return tapes out of hours. The stores also offered a dry cleaning service. New products included Petcare, an extended offer of home cleaning products, and a welcome return for a limited range of toiletries after a year-long absence, as well as Newspapers and Magazines.” (Extract from Woolworths Museum)
Former assistant store manager Matt Fox has fond memories of the store, it had a key place on Grantham High Street.
The store closed in December 2008 and today you will find B&M Bargains in its place.
301 High Street, Lincoln
In 1924 Woolworths opened on the High Street in the historic City of Lincoln.
Source: Woolworths Museum
In the 1930s, the store had was extended and the property team had to adapt their standard store styling to secure permission to build. The store facade was timbered in Old England style, similar to the Kingston store.
The location was a prominent one, being close to the Lincoln Stonebow (The Stonebow is the south gate of the City, dating from the late 15th Century to early 16th Century).
Source: Francis Frith
The store closed in September 1989 as the land became part of the Waterside Shopping Centre developement. Below is how the former Woolworths side looks today.
A new Woolworths store opened inside the Waterside Shopping Centre at Unit 30 – presumably when the shopping centre opened. in March 1992. The new store number was 1171.
Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre – Store 1171)
Source: Lincolnshire Live
Former employee Matt Fox has great memories of working in this store, especially at Christmas time with the store being shoulder to shoulder with the Lincoln market. The location of the store was in the centre of the shopping centre.
They traded here for about a decade and then closed a few years prior to the chain going bust.
Source: Hitchborne D.
Primark took on the unit where it still is today.
84a Freeman Street, Grimsby DN32 7AG
The eighteenth store to open in the UK, Grimsby opened in 1913, completing a line of stores from the northwest to the northeast coasts. It originally opened on Cleethorpe Road. Grimsby store was popular with fishermen and docksmen, selling more hunting knives and budget breakfasts than any other branch.
Source: Woolworths Museum
This is an image from a postcard being sold of eBay. There is no date but it looks very early on.
Source: Roy Sharkey Postcard Collection
13 years later, Woolworths relocated to Freeman Street in a 4,174 sq ft store in April 1925. 9000 customers walked through the door in the first day and a half.
In 1964 the store was ‘reskinned’. Located near the docks, this store was overshadowed by a new town centre store on Victoria Street which had opened in September 1957.
This store closed in 1971, when the newer store had converted to self-service. Many towns with two Woolworths lost one in the 1970s.
The building is still around today, occupied by Grimsby Carpet Warehouse (GWC), which if you stick into Google, you get this lovely picture 😉
Source: Grimsby Telegraph