Category Archives: Merseyside

Southport – Store 400

41 – 49 Chapel Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1AJ

Woolworths opened their 400th store in Southport in 1930. It was a very large store right from the start, although I am not sure if this is a purpose-built store – the upper floor architecture is different from the other Woolworth stores. It could be possible, with this being the milestone of the 400th store to open, that they built this store to be a superstore of the 1930s.

Southport Woolworths 1930

Southport Woolworths 1930

This is a photo of the staff going on a day trip – presumably on a Sunday when the store would have been closed. There is no date on the photo, but I am guessing 1960s?

Southport Woolworths date unknown

Southport Woolworths date unknown

Source: Visitor

The back of the store was on Lord Street, and the architecture at the back is certainly recognisable with the curtain wall. The store was probably extended at the back in the 1950s.

Southport Woolworths 1990s

Southport Woolworths 1990s

With Woolworths’ front entrance directly opposite the train station, people often used the store as a shortcut to get to Lord Street, which is the main shopping area with Victorian canopies.

Southport Woolworths 2008

Southport Woolworths 2008

Reggie White was the Assistant Manager at Southport, and he says that Miran Maldryck was SM at the time.

Southport Woolworths 2008

Southport Woolworths 2008

Woolworths in Southport closed in December 2008.

Southport Woolworths Back 2008

Southport Woolworths Back 2008

Source: Google Maps

Southport Woolworths 2008

Southport Woolworths 2008

Source: Mayer, P.

It was split into three units, with New Look and H&M at the front, and a BHF shop at the back. The H&M has since closed down.

Southport Former Woolworths

Southport Former Woolworths

Source: Mayer, P.

Southport Former Woolworths back

Southport Former Woolworths back

Source: Mayer, P.

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Liverpool (Great Homer Street) – Store 387

88 – 90 Great Homer Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L5 3LF

Woolworths opened another Liverpool store in 1930, this time in the North End side. It was on Great Homer Street which became an exclusive shopping street in the 1930s. Below is a photo of the Woolworths store in the 1960s.

Liverpool Great Homer Street Woolworths 1960s

Liverpool Great Homer Street Woolworths 1960s

Source: scottiepress.org

You can see how the market was in the 1970s – 90s from these photos taken by Tom Wood – click here. This Woolworths branch closed in the 1960s. Today the street has lost of lot of its old buildings, but strangely enough the Woolworths building is still standing. It’s currently unoccupied.

Liverpool Great Homer Street Former Woolworths

Liverpool Great Homer Street Former Woolworths

Bootle – Store 386

Stanley Road, Bootle, Merseyside 

Woolworths opened in Bootle in 1930. It was on Stanley Road, in an existing building. See it in the photo below – it had Burton on one side, Weaver & Wearer on the other.

Bootle Woolworths 1960

Bootle Woolworths 1961

Source: Bootle Times

35 years later, the shops on one side of Stanley Road were to be demolished to make way for a new shopping centre. This photo shows the old Woolworths store empty.

Bootle Woolworths closing in 1960s

Bootle Woolworths closing in 1960s

Source: Bootle Times

55-58 New Strand Shopping Precinct, Medway, Bootle, Merseyside L20 4TH

In October 1968 the New Strand Shopping Precinct was officially opened, and Woolworths had a new larger store inside with a front and back entrance.

Bootle Woolworths 1970

Bootle Woolworths 1970

Source: Liverpool Echo

Former manager Kevin Alexander worked there for 4 years from 1986 to 1990. He remembers, “Fantastic team that I still hold fond memories of. Never known a store like it for selling Easter eggs – our sales went from £23000 up to £140000. Got awarded Golden Egg for our sales.”

Bootle Woolworths 1999

Bootle Woolworths 1999

The store closed in December 2008 and became a B&M Bargains store.

Bootle Former Woolworths

Bootle Former Woolworths