Category Archives: Norfolk

Great Yarmouth – Store 134

114 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AB

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth in 1923 on Regent Road. It was located opposite the Regal Cinema, and it had the Luciana Billiards Hall on the upper floor.

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1955

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1956

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1956

Source: Our Great Yarmouth

Woolworths moved from this site in 1959 to bigger premises on Market Place, and today you will find KFC and McDonalds in the old Regent Road building. If you look above, you will see the original architecture, and it looks like Lloyds Pharmacy is where the entrance to the billiards hall would have been.

 

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths - KFC

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths – KFC

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths - McDonalds

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths – McDonalds

23 – 24 Market Place, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1LZ

In 1959 Woolworths moved to this purpose-built building, with its recognisable 50s style and pale blue panels. Here are some photos from across the decades.

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1970s

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 2000

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 2000

Source: Historic England

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 2008

Great Yarmouth Woolworths 2008

Source: Evans K.

The store closed in January 2009, and today you will find Poundland located here.

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths - Poundland

Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Ballysundriven

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King’s Lynn – Store 119

73/75 High Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Woolworths opened on the High Street in King’s Lynn in 1922. It was a small store next to a shop called Joys.  In the 1950s, they took over the Joys unit and created a larger store, pictured below.

King's Lynn Woolworths 1950s

King’s Lynn Woolworths 1950s

Source: King’s Lynn Forum

King's Lynn Woolworths 1970s

King’s Lynn Woolworths 1970s

Source: King’s Lynn Forum

There is no confirmed closing date but I am guessing it closed in the 1980s. I read on a forum that there was a Superdrug here. Knowing that a lot of Woolworths stores became Superdrug in the 1980s as they were both part of Kingfisher, this may have happened in King’s Lynn – if I am incorrect, do let me know.

A new Woolworths store opened in Broad Street which I think became part of the Vancouver shopping centre (Store 1262).

The building on the High Street still exists today and it is occupied by Bon Marche and Monsoon/Accessorize.

King's Lynn Former Woolworths - Bon Marche and Monsoon/Accessorize

King’s Lynn Former Woolworths – Bon Marche and Monsoon/Accessorize

Source: Ballysundriven

Norwich – Store 44

21-25 Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, Norfolf NOR 50E

In November 1914, the 44th Woolworths store opened in Norwich on Rampant Horse Street. The store was popular despite initial resistance to chain stores and national brands. Bigger premises were needed so in 1929, a larger store was built on the opposite side with a cafeteria on the first floor (pictured below).

Norwich Rampant Horse Woolworths 1929

Norwich Woolworths, Rampant Horse Street 1929

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1937 Woolworths won the award for best dressed store in Norwich for the coronation of King George VI.

Norwich Woolworths 1937

Norwich Woolworths, Rampant Horse Street 1937

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store got destroyed in the Blitz of WW2 in 1942, and was rebuilt in the 1950s. While it was being rebuilt, staff were transferred to the Magdelen Street branch, store 556, where they worked for nearly a decade.

Norwich Woolworths, Rampant Horse Street 1950s

Norwich Woolworths, Rampant Horse Street 1950s

Source: Pinterest

The new Norwich store had a high ceiling, fluorescent lighting and a shiny terrazzo marble floor. The new stores significantly outperformed the old pre-war stores, which inspired a major upgrade programme during the Fifties and drove rapid sales growth.

Inside Norwich Rampant Horse Woolworths 1951

Inside Norwich Rampant Horse Woolworths 1951

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store closed shortly after the below photo was taken, when Woolworths moved into the shopping centre in the 1980s.

Norwich Rampant Horse Woolworths 1986

Norwich Rampant Horse Woolworths 1986

Source: Eastern Daily Press

Today it is part of M&S. The main part of M&S is to the left so this is almost the forgotten bit. Next time you are in Norwich, now you’ll know this was a Woolworths.

Norwich Former Woolworths now Marks and Spencer 2018

Norwich Former Woolworths now Marks and Spencer 2018

Source: Lees, I.