Bulwell Woolworths – Store 818

69 Main Street, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire NG6 8QD Woolworths opened in Bulwell in 1953 in the former Olympia Theatre – hence it’s grand appearance. Source: Historic England Sometime in the 1960s/70s, they redid the front of the store. Source: Cinema Treasures (Rigby, H.) The store closed in January 2009. Today B&M Bargains is here: Source: Ballysundriven

Sutton-in-Ashfield Woolworths – Store 640

2-4 Outram St, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4AX Woolworths opened in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 1935 in a purpose-built store, originally on Outram Street. Source: Ellis, D. In 1971 they left these premises and moved to the new Idlewells Shopping Centre. Today Kickstart Gym is in the original Woolworths building. Source: Soult, G. With thanks to Graham Soult…

Hucknall Woolworths – Store 616

48 – 50 High Street, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7AZ Woolworths opened in Hucknall in 1935. I can’t find an early photo, but from the look of the building we can guess there was a makeover in the 1950s. The store closed in the 1980s when Kingfisher were selling off stores. The unit was split into…

Beeston Woolworths – Store 587

36 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2JS Woolworths opened in Beeston in 1934 in a purpose-built store with the classic architecture. Source: The Nottingham Forums @ Nottstalgia.com I love this photo, the fascias of Woolworths and the neighbouring stores are so bold. The window posters at Woolworths say 30% off and that something bright and…

Long Eaton Woolworths – Store 472

39 High Street, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire NG10 1JA Woolworths opened in Long Eaton in 1932. It was a purpose built store on the High Street with the Woolworths architecture you would recognise by now – 5 bays, red brick and a central pediment. Source: Facebook Long Eaton was seriously flooded in 1947 and this photo…

Nottingham (Radford Road) Woolworths – Store 468

79 – 83 Radford Road, Nottingham NG7 5DR Woolworths opened in Radford Road in Nottingham in 1932. From this photo we can see it wasn’t a purpose-built store, and the shopfront was longer than usual. Source: Historic England The store had a makeover in the 1960s. The letters are oversized as it was a bigger…

Newark-on-Trent Woolworths – Store 454

36 Stodman Street, Newark-on-Trent, Notts Woolworths opened in Newark-on-Trent in 1931 on Stodman Street. According to Our Nottinghamshire, The Newark Advertiser reported that ‘the interior will be 32ft wide and 156ft long – making a room nearly twice the size of the town hall ballroom’. Source: Our Nottinghamshire Monica Pollard worked at 454 Newark from…

Retford Woolworths – Store 345

14 – 15 Market Place, Retford, Notts Woolworths opened in Retford in 1928 on Market Place. It took the place of Marshall & Son and they put up a new building. Source: Facebook In this photo you can see how central the Woolworths store was, and it’s nice to see the 1950s cars. Source: Francis…

Arnold Woolworths – Store 313

79 Front Street, Arnold, Nottinghamshire NG5 7EN Woolworths opened in the town of Arnold in 1965, and strangely did not receive a new store number – it was assign 313 which was the old Elephant and Castle store number. Technically Arnold’s store number should have been in the 1100s if all the stores were numbered…

Nottingham, Hockley Woolworths – Store 279

1 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FJ Woolworths opened their second Nottingham branch in 1927. This first one was at Listergate – Store 36. The new second branch was a smaller single-storey store, on a corner plot of Hockley and Cranbrook Street. It became known by locals as ‘Little Woolies’ (see below). Source: Nottstalgia forum A former…

Worksop Woolworths – Store 178

60 – 62 Bridge Place, Worksop, Notts We are into 1925 now, and the first Woolworths to open in this year was in Worksop. There are no photos of the store from the early years. This photo is from the 1970s after the store had a makeover with oversized letters. Source: Worksop Guardian There was…

Mansfield Woolworths – Store 100

16/18 Westgate, Mansfield, Notts The 100th Woolworths store opened in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1921. It must have been very exciting to reach store number 100, but I don’t have any particularly exciting information on this store. It traded from Westgate all the way to the end in January 2009. From the architecture I would say…

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths – Store 36

22 – 26 and 34 – 38 Listergate, Nottingham NG1 7DG Over 100 years ago in August 1914, Woolworths opened their first Nottingham store in historic Listergate. It possibly started off small, as between 1936-1937 F.W.Woolworth architects designed the most large-scale Art Deco front, extending the store to 22-26 Listergate. You can see how large…