Category Archives: London

Hounslow – Store 106

263 – 277 High Street, Hounslow, Middx

Woolworths opened on Hounslow High Street in 1921. Sadly this store got completely destroyed in WWII.

Hounslow Woolworths 1940s

Hounslow Woolworths 1940s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Woolworths opened as a temporary store at 263 High Street in 1949. It is pictured here as a self-service supermarket – it may have been converted to this when a new Woolworths store opened at 269-270 High Street in 1959.

Hounslow Woolworths 1959

Hounslow Woolworths 1959

Source: Historic England

The lasting solution for Woolworths was to introduce food market departments to their traditional stores, so the two stores merged to become a huge store at 263 – 277 High Street.

In 1984 this branch became a prototype ‘Operation Facelift’ store, with geranium red walls and fixtures, wider shopping aisles, new wall signage, full lighting and perimeter cash desks.

In 1987 the Treaty Shopping Centre opened and Woolworths backed onto this shopping centre.

In 1991 the store was extended and refitted as a ‘store of the future’ with touch-screen ordering kiosks, and a new style cafe called ‘The Cafe’.

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Hounslow Woolworths 2008

Hounslow Woolworths 2008

The building became part of a huge redevelopment scheme – it was taken down and completely rebuilt to become a very modern looking H&M and Next.

Hounslow Former Woolworths - H&M and Next 2014

Hounslow Former Woolworths – H&M and Next 2014

Source: Quidnet Capital Partners

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Dalston Kingsland – Store 102

36 – 40 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8 2JR

Woolworths originally opened on Kingsland High Street in Dalston in 1921 at numbers 64 – 66. They traded here until the late 1960s (see below on the right).

Dalston Kingsland Woolworths 1939

Dalston Kingsland Woolworths 1939

Source: Hackney Council

This is now a Poundland and vape shop.

Dalston Kingsland Former Woolworths - Poundland

Dalston Kingsland Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Flickr

In the late 1960s, Woolworths moved along the road to numbers 36-40, directly opposite the train station. The building was a former theatrical store, but this was demolished to create a purpose-built Woolworths store. Although there are no photos of the store, you can recognised the style from this photo of the building today. Closing date is unknown, I am guessing the 1980s but I could be wrong. Today you will find a Hair & Cosmetics shop and a McDonalds.

Dalston Former Woolworths - McDonalds

Dalston Former Woolworths – McDonalds

Source: Loving Dalston

Hackney – Store 94

333-337 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY

Woolworths opened in Hackney, East London in 1921. It was right next to a railway bridge. The store had an Art Deco facade.

Hackney Woolworths 1968

Hackney Woolworths 1968

Source: Pinterest

In the 1970s the store was modernised and you can see the new fascia below.

Hackney Woolworths 1970s

Hackney Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pinterest

The store lasted to the end in December 2008.

Hackney Woolworths 2008

Hackney Woolworths 2008

Today the building is occupied by Iceland, and you can still see the Art Deco facade above it.

Hackney Former Woolworths - Iceland

Hackney Former Woolworths – Iceland

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

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.


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Torquay – Store 88

Stratford – Store 86

352 – 356 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4OW

The 86th Woolworths store opened in Stratford in East London in 1920. You can see it below on the far right.

Stratford London Woolworths 1920s

Stratford London Woolworths 1920s

Source: The Newham Story

The store is on the 1972 list with it’s High Street address. In 1974 the Stratford Shopping Centre was built, and Woolworths moved into there at some point.

Today the High Street building does not exist, as most of the High Street has been demolished for regeneration over the years. I think they are building flats there now . The nearest surviving building is The Builders Arm pub at number 302.

43-44 The Mall, Stratford Centre E15

Woolworths traded at its new location in the Stratford Centre, and unusually the store kept it’s store number 86.  It traded until the chain’s closure in 2008. Who knows if it would have survived anyway with neighbouring Westfield Stratford opening.

Stratford Woolworths 2008

Stratford Woolworths 2008

Source: Diamond Geezer

Today the unit is occupied by Poundland.

Stratford Former Woolworths - Poundland

 

Walworth – Store 82

367 – 369 Walworth Road, London SE17 2AL

Woolworths opened their 82nd store in 1919 in Walworth, South East London. Unfortunately there are no photos online of this store. It did exist, as it is mentioned in the Woolworths Museum.

I presume it closed in the 1980s, when there were mass closures.

The store at the address today is Argos, which you can see below. The building itself matches the rest of the shopping parade, so this was a store where Woolworths did not change the architecture.

Walworth Former Woolworths - Argos

Walworth Former Woolworths – Argos

On a side note, try saying Walworth Woolworths really quickly. It’s a bit of a tongue twister.


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Weston-Super-Mare – Store 81

Streatham – Store 78

148-154 High Road, Streatham, SW16 1DF

Woolworths opened their 78th store in Streatham, South London, in 1918. From the below photo you can see they built their own building amongst the continuous architecture of Streatham High Road, in the 1950s or 60s.

Streatham Woolworths 1960

Streatham Woolworths 1960

Source: Francis Frith

This windows on the top floor were filled in at some time. The store became a general store in the 2000s, and I actually visited this store – I bought some cans of paint to do a makeover to my bedroom. The paint was at the back of the store.

Streatham Woolworths 2008

Streatham Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

The store closed when the company went bust in December 2008, and it became a 99p store, which in turn became Poundland. You can still see the Woolworths architecture above – though I must admit this isn’t one of my favourite styles.

Streatham Former Woolworths - Poundland

Streatham Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: The Local Data Company


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Aberdeen – Store 79

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

Walthamstow – Store 70

115 High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7AA

Woolworths opened on Walthamstow High Street in 1916, at the top end on the junction with St James Street/Blackhorse Road, it was probably number 1 High Street. The store was opposite Burtons. It looks like it has a 1930s art deco update from the below photo. There was a side entrance on Blackhorse Road.

Walthamstow Woolworths 1960s

Walthamstow Woolworths 1960s

Source: Walthamstow in Pictures Facebook Group

The store was on an awkward road bend, where Blackhorse Road became St James Street. The sharp bend sometimes caused trolley buses to come off their connectors.

Sadly the store was demolished to make the road less awkward.

If you compare the below image with the 1960s one, you can see on the right the LCS (Coop) building is still there. And in the background those 3 shops are still there. The road goes through where Woolworths was.

Walthamstow Former Woolworths

Walthamstow Former Woolworths

Woolworths moved up the High Street to 115, and built a huge superstore with a warehouse style look. This opened on 15th June 1972.

Walthamstow Woolworths 1972

Walthamstow Woolworths 1972

Source: Pinterest

The store lasted until the end, closing in 2008.

Walthamstow Woolworths 2008

Walthamstow Woolworths 2008

Today it is Wilko’s.

Walthamstow Former Woolworths Wilko

Walthamstow Former Woolworths Wilko

Source: Twitter


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Tooting – Store 64

17 – 21 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PJ

Woolworths opened their 64th store in Tooting, South London in 1916. It was in a prominent location on the crossroads of Tooting Broadway. In 1926 Tooting Broadway Underground Station opened opposite the store which made it even more of an ideal location.

Tooting Woolworths 1926

Tooting Woolworths 1926

Source: Wandsworth Borough Photos

The building looks like a typical 1920s Woolworths building, though it appears the left side has been let out to another retailer. In the 1926 photo above, you can just about make out the 3d and 6d text next to F.W.Woolworth. In the below 1950s photos,  you can see the pricing has gone.

Tooting Woolworths 1959

Tooting Woolworths 1959

Source: Wandsworth Borough Photos

The building to the right of Woolworths became a Marks and Spencers store around 1968. They erected a purpose-built superstore, though some say this was looking tired in the noughties. Woolworths closed in January 2009, and the M&S had already closed in 2008.

Tooting Woolworths 2008

Tooting Woolworths 2008

Source: Wikimedia

The Woolworths store became a Poundland for a short period, while next door a brand new Primark store was being built in 2009.

Tooting Former Woolworths - Poundland

Tooting Former Woolworths – Poundland 2009

Source: Getty images

And today the unit is occupied by Wilkos, and you can still see the 1920s Woolies architecture above.

Tooting Former Woolworths - Wilko

Tooting Former Woolworths – Wilko 2012

Source: Ballysundriven

Stoke Newington – Store 61

142/146 High Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 7JL

One of the very early stores, Woolworths opened in the North London town of Stoke Newington in 1915. It was part of a parade of shops, not a specifically purpose-built store, and you can see it below through the decades looking relatively unchanged.

Woolworths Stoke Newington 1950s

Woolworths Stoke Newington 1950s

Source: Flickr, Hornbeam Arts

Woolworths Stoke Newington 1980s

Woolworths Stoke Newington 1980s

Source: Flickr, Hornbeam Arts

Stoke Newington Woolworths 2008

Stoke Newington Woolworths 2008

Photo from my Facebook group.

After Woolworths closed on 27th December 2008, Iceland bought the store in January 2009, where it is still trading today.

Stoke Newington Iceland 2012

Stoke Newington Iceland 2012

 

Wandsworth – Store 58

153 – 155 Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, London SW18 4JB

Staying on the South London side, the fifth-eighth Woolworths store opened on Wandsworth High Street in 1915. Below you can see the store on the left in the 1950s – it looks like it was a small one. The frontage is interesting with the central roof feature and the sun rays flaring out of the circular window.

Wandsworth Woolworths 1950s

Wandsworth Woolworths 1950s

Source: Wandsworth Borough Photos

In 1971, the Wandsworth Arndale Centre opened (the biggest covered shopping centre at the time) and Woolworths opened inside there, facing Garratt Street. We can assume the smaller Wandsworth High Street branch closed then.

Today the building still exists and it is quite eye-catching. If you are ever in Wandsworth, take a look above the British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical store.

Wandsworths Former Woolworths - British Heart Foundation Furniture Shop

Wandsworths Former Woolworths – British Heart Foundation Furniture Shop

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

Putney – Store 45 / 1264

45 – 53 Putney High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SZ

One of the very early stores, Woolworths opened on Putney High Street sometime between 1914 – 1915. You can see it in the below photo – the fourth building along.

Putney Woolworths 1958

Putney Woolworths 1958

Source: Roll the Dice, Flickr

In the 1960s, they moved across the road. Today Robert Dyas and Boots are where the Woolworths used to be at 45 – 53.

Putney High Street 2015

Putney High Street 2015

Source: Roll the Dice, Flickr

60 – 62 High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SF

This was the new building, in classic 1960s style. They traded here at 60 – 62 High Street until they closed on 5th January 2009.

Putney Woolworths 2008

Putney Woolworths 2008

Source: citykey.co.uk

On 8th October 2009, a TK Maxx opened in its place.

TK Maxx Putney 2015

TK Maxx, Putney 2015

Source: ballysundriven, Flickr

Kingston Upon Thames – Store 43

6 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

The 43rd Woolworths store opened in Kingston Upon Thames on 14th November 1914, completing a ring of stores around London’s metropolitan areas – the others were RichmondWimbledonLewishamIlfordPeckham, Croydon, Harlesden and Brixton. It was on a prime location between Clarence Street and Church Street, in the heart of town opposite Bentalls Department store and the post office.

Kingston Woolworths 1914

Kingston Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store was purpose built in a style that was in fashion at that time, with bold Classical flourishes, a strong centrepiece at the top. The centre of the store was difficult to light so a light well was put in. There was a first floor cafe and a small kitchen. In 1916 the store was widened towards the back and a second entrance was added at Church Street to help cope with the volume of trade, as well as the cafe being converted to another sales floor.

Kingston Woolworths, Clarence Street - 1920

Kingston Woolworths, Clarence Street – 1920

Source: Historic England

10/13 Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1JZ

Bigger premises were desperately needed, so they relocated to Market Place in 1931, where they demolished a hotel to build a half-timbered building with oriel windows and eyebrow dormers on Market Place. A taste for Old England facades came about at that time, possibly inspired by Liberty’s in London. The new store was built in stages, with sections added in 1933 and 1935.

Kingston Woolworths 1930s

Kingston Woolworths 1930s

Source: Woolworths Museum

The style of the building was considered vulgar by locals, so it was remodelled in 1959.

In 1972 the store was refurbished and a ‘Kwik Snax’ takeaway opened, replacing the old tea bar.

Kingston Woolworths 1978

Kingston Woolworths 1978

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 2003 Kingston was one of the 10/10 trial stores that got a new look, a new fascia and a red walkway in store with counters at an angle.

Kingston Woolworths 2003

Kingston Woolworths 2003

Source: Pinterest

The store closed when the chain went bust in 2008 and it now is Clas Ohlson.

Kingston Clas Ohlson Former Woolworths

Kingston Clas Ohlson Former Woolworths

Source: Local Data Company

The first store at 6 Clarence Street is now Barclays, it seems the little Woolworths building has gone.

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

Hammersmith – Store 41

84-90 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0PY

Store 41 opened in Hammersmith in October 1914 at 84 King Street, right next door to the Hammersmith Cinematograph Theatre – a cinema that went bust in 1915.

Hammersmith Woolworths was one of the best performing and most loved stores in the UK, so in the 1920s there were plans to redevelop the site. The neighbouring buildings were secretly bought. The new store was built at 84-90, finished in Portland Stone and marble, with art deco finishes that were more luxurious than the other stores.

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

Below is a close-up and you can see the windows boarded up during the second world war.

Hammersmith Woolworths 1937

Hammersmith Woolworths 1940

Source: Woolworths Museum

There is this extract from the Woolworths Museum on how they kept trading while building this store:

“The development must have been something to behold. The Board was determined not to allow any loss of trading during the development, so the new building was put up around the old one, with trade transferred into the new section midway through the project so that the old building could be pulled down and replaced before the Upper Floors, including a popular tea bar and restaurant, as well large stockrooms and comfortable staff accommodation could be added upstairs. The new premises were opened in stages through the 1930s, with neon signage added just before World War II as a response to a ‘hated competitor’, which I would be guess would be the British Home Stores branch which opened opposite at that time, run by a rival American consortium.

Weeks after the work was completed, the building was side-swiped by the Luftwaffe, causing minor damage to the facade but destroying the new fascia and breaking most of windows and damaged the polished brass window and door frames. These were hastily repaired/replaced to make the ‘We’re carrying on’ picture, which had to be approved by the Censor before it was published in a special staff magazine for employees serving in H.M. Forces. It was among the first in the country to have a fascia without a reference to ‘Nothing over Sixpence’ or ‘3D and 6D stores’, as the repairs came days after the chain was forced to drop its long-standing fixed prices by wartime inflation.”

 

In 1982, the store was closed and the freehold sold when Kingfisher took over.

Hammersmith Woolworths 1970s 80s
Hammersmith Woolworths 1970s 80s

Source: Pinterest

Today the building is occupied by KFC, Cashino Gaming and a Best Western Seraphine Hotel upstairs. So you can actually have a holiday in an old Woolworths building – who knows, you could be sleeping in the old stockroom!

Hammersmith Former Woolworths 2017

Hammersmith Former Woolworths 2017

Source: Best Western

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

Edgware Road – Store 30 / 2031

168-176 Edgware Road, London, W2 2DX

Woolworths opened on Edgware Road on 21st March 1914, the 30th store to be opened in the UK.

Edgware Road Woolworths 1935

Edgware Road Woolworths 1935

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

The above photo is from 100thbirthday.co.uk and is a “photo taken on a colleagues Woolworths sixpenny camera. It shows the funeral cortege of the late H.M. King George V passing the store front in 1935.”

The store was extended in 1936 to quite a large size, which was when an Art Deco facade was added.

Edgware Road Woolworths 1939

Edgware Road Woolworths 1939

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Morrison K.

In June 1986 it was one of the first ‘Operation Focus’ comparison stores, where a peppermint blue colour scheme was rolled out. Possibly this was when they extended into the shop next door on the right. As it was the closest store to Head Office, it often had trials taking place here.

In 2000 it became a Woolworths General Store, being one of the early pilots for this scheme, and was re-numbered to 2031.

Edgware Road Woolworths 2007

Edgware Road Woolworths 2007

Source: Barras, Jamie

Somewhere between 2007 and 2008, the powers that be decided to change the fascia back to the traditional red Woolworths one – a bit late as it stopped being a General Store long before 2008.

Edgware Rd Woolworths 2008

Edgware Rd Woolworths 2008

Source: bowroaduk

Then they decided to close the store anyway! This was in July 2008 when 4 London stores were chosen to stop trading, before the whole chain went bust at the end of the year. Here’s a picture I took just before it closed down.

Edgware Road Woolworths 2008

Edgware Road Woolworths 2008

Quite soon afterwards, Waitrose took over the building, so it wasn’t empty for long. Here it is last week when I was on my way to Oxford Street. Still got the Woolworths flagpole up, minus flag 😛

Waitrose Edgware Road 2015

Waitrose Edgware Road 2015