Category Archives: Merseyside

New Ferry Woolworths – Store 521

76 New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral, Merseyside CH62 5AJ

Woolworths opened in New Ferry in 1933 on New Chester Road. It was a purpose-built store which you can see on the far left of this photo.

New Ferry Woolworths 1950s

New Ferry Woolworths 1950s

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Woolworths traded from this location for 75 years, closing in December 2008.

New Ferry Woolworths 2009

New Ferry Woolworths 2009

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It became a Heron Foods soon after, and they have kept the shopfront as it was – you can see the Woolworths windows and doors still in use.

New Ferry Former Woolworths

New Ferry Former Woolworths

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Liverpool (Walton Road) Woolworths – Store 479

221 – 225 Walton Road, Liverpool L4 4AP

Woolworths opened their 9th Liverpool store in 1932. It was on Walton Road, a purpose-built store on a corner plot (the junction of Walton Road and Croylands Street). Sadly I can’t find any photos of the store when it was open, or have a closing date. From the store lists we know it closed down after 1972 but before 1995. Today it’s a ‘Home Decor’ store, selling tiles, doors, wallpaper and paint. The windows are boarded up on the upper floor but it’s still recognisable as a Woolworths building.

Liverpool Walton Road Woolworths

Liverpool Walton Road Woolworths

 

Liverpool, Walton Vale Woolworths – Store 461

59 Walton Vale, Liverpool L9 4RG

Woolworths opened in the Liverpool suburb of Walton in 1932. It was on Walton Vale in a purpose-built store, with the standard architecture of 5 bays, 2 storeys and a central pediment. You can see it on the centre right side of this photo, with its canopy open.

Liverpool Walton Vale Woolworths 1940s

Liverpool Walton Vale Woolworths 1940s

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The store closed after 1972 but before 1995, but the actual date is unknown. Today it is a Heron Foods. The windows have been blocked off on the upper floor but you can still recognise the Woolworths architecture.

Liverpool Walton Vale Former Woolworths

Liverpool Walton Vale Former Woolworths

Liverpool (Wavertree Road) Woolworths – Store 455

62 – 64 Wavertree Road, Liverpool L7 1PH

Woolworths opened another branch in Liverpool in 1931 on Wavertree Road. The below photo was commisioned by Woolworths prior to the opening day of 19th September 1931. Look how enticing the window displays are.

Liverpool Wavertree Woolworths 1930s

Liverpool Wavertree Woolworths 1930s

Source: National Museums Liverpool

Woolworths traded here for 40 years, closing in the early 1970s. Today, Wavertree Road looks completely different to how it did in the 1930s, but somehow the original Woolworths building still exists. It is part of Taskers, a home store.

Liverpool Wavertree Former Woolworths

Liverpool Wavertree Former Woolworths

Waterloo (Liverpool) Woolworths – Store 419

84 – 90 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0NA

Woolworths opened in Waterloo, an area of Liverpool, in 1930. We can recognise the Woolworths architecture, slightly longer than usual. There’s not much information on the store from the early days. In the 2000s it became a General Store with a new store number of 2026.

Waterloo Woolworths 2008

Waterloo Woolworths 2008

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It closed January 2008 and became a Home Bargains. You can still recognise it as a Woolworths from the upper floor.

Waterloo Former Woolworths

Waterloo Former Woolworths

Southport Woolworths – 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.

Liverpool (Great Homer Street) Woolworths – 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

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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 Woolworths – 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