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 an article from January 2009 in the Worksop Guardian with some memories from former employees:
Pensioner Sheila Jordan, 75, worked for seven years in Worksop’s Woolworths when she was a teenager and now her granddaughter faces unemployment having lost her job there.
“It used to be a great place to work, with a lovely atmosphere,” said Sheila, 75. “I started in 1948. I went there to work at Christmas, and they kept me on,” she said.
Sheila began working in the jewellery and toiletries department when she was 15-years old, before moving on to the ice cream parlour. Husband Stan said he first spotted his wife when she was working there. “I used to pop in and have a look and I thought ‘that’s for me’,” he said.
Sheila even starred on the front cover of Woolworths’ in-house national magazine when she was 19-years-old. “I was delighted when they picked me,” she said.
Mr Jordan said the whole family was really disappointed at the news of the closure. “You don’t expect a company like Woolworths to go,” he said.
Granddaughter Katy Jordan, 20, had been working in the offices for Woolworths for six months, and is now out of work. “We were all really disappointed when we heard it was closing,” said Katy, “We just kept thinking it wouldn’t happen. I think some people thought it could have been saved.”
Source: Worksop Guardian
Bridge Street was pedestrianised in 1989, and I am guessing that was when the Priory Shopping Centre was built. Woolworths stayed in its location on Bridge Place but had a rear entrance on the shopping centre side (pictured below).
Source: Sheffield History Forum
The store closed in December 2008, and it became a B&M. This is the front entrance.
And this is the rear entrance.
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 there was a refurbishment in the 1950s/60s.
Source: Our Mansfield and area
And it looks as thought the store was halved in size over time, as there was a bank and Dorothy Perkins on the left side of the building when Woolworths closed down.
Today New Look is trading from the site.
Source: Green & Partners