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Tottenham Court Road – Store 175

20 – 21 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 0BU

Woolworths opened their 175th store in London on Tottenham Court Road, as known as Bloomsbury. The building was designed by an outside architect called Peter Dollar.

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths 1965

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths 1965

In the 1970s there was a huge redevelopment scheme of Tottenham Court Road, and the buildings, including Woolworths, were demolished and replaced by a large office block and retail development. Below is a photo of the store after it had closed and ready from demolishment. There are some great photos of Tottenham Court Road before the redevelopment here.

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths ready for demolition 1972

Tottenham Court Road Woolworths ready for demolition 1972

Source: Pinterest

The Woolworths store was where the Hi Fi/Sony Centre and the Samsung Centre are today.

Tottenham Court Road Former Woolworths - Brian's Hi Fi and Samsung Centre

Tottenham Court Road Former Woolworths – Brian’s Hi Fi and Samsung Centre

Source: Soult G.

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Smethwick, Birmingham – Store 170

63 – 65 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, West Midlands B66 4SF

Woolworths opened its 170th store in Smethwick, which is a town 4 miles west of Birmingham City Centre. It opened on Cape Hill and it looks like it was a small store from this photo.

Smethwick Cape Hill Woolworths 1980s

Smethwick Cape Hill Woolworths 1980s

The date is closure is unknown, but looking at the above photo, that might possibly be a red ‘Closing Down’ poster in the right window with the date Sat 28 Sept, and on the upper floor could that be a For Sale sign? Closure in the 1980s when Kingfisher took over is more than likely.

Today the building is occupied by TSB Bank.

Smethwick Cape Hill Former Woolworths - TSB

Smethwick Cape Hill Former Woolworths – TSB

Paisley – Store 168

14 – 16 High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Woolworths opened on Paisley High Street in Scotland in 1924. Again I have no early photos of the store, just this one where we can gather there was a store makeover in 1969, with the oversized ‘Woolworth’ letters experiment on the fascia.

According to a local Facebook group, the tallest man in Paisley (who was 7ft tall) was working here as a store detective until the store closed in 1988.

Paisley Woolworths 1969

Paisley Woolworths 1969

Source: Historic England

After Paisley Woolworths closed, the unit was subdivided and became a WHSmith and an Etam store. Etam stores closed down nationwide and now that unit is Sports Direct.

Paisley Former Woolworths - WHSmith and Sports Direct

Paisley Former Woolworths – WHSmith and Sports Direct

Source: Ballysundriven

Stirling – Store 166

7 – 13 Port Street, Stirling FK8 2EJ

Woolworths opened in the Scottish town of Stirling in 1924. It’s original location is unknown, but in 1962 they moved to numbers 7 to 13 Port Street, adding a 1960s shopfront to an older building. The fascia had pale grey Saivo mosaic, with red and gold lettering and a projecting illuminated Woolworth sign (see on the far right on this photo). The structural columns were also clad in the mosaic. (Source: Woolworth’s 100 years on the high street – Morrison K.)

Stirling Woolworths 1970s

Stirling Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

In 1977 the Thistles Shopping Centre opened and Woolworths moved into there. The Port Street building is now occupied by a Bank of Scotland branch.

Stirling Former Woolworths - Bank of Scotland

Stirling Former Woolworths – Bank of Scotland

Source: Citylets.co.uk

42 Orchard Croft, Thistle Centre, Stirling FK8 2EE

The store inside the Thistles shopping centre kept the store number 166. This was what Woolworths looked like inside. It closed in December 2008.

Stirling Woolworths 2005

Stirling Woolworths 2005

Source: Emily and James

Today H&M is in it’s place.

Stirling Former Woolworths - H&M

Stirling Former Woolworths – H&M

Source: Soult G

Scarborough – Store 165

23 – 26 Westborough, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Woolworths opened in Scarborough in 1924 on the main shopping street called Westborough. We don’t know much about the early years of the store, but from these photos we know there was a 1960s makeover. The store was rebuilt to a large size, the length of it going down Vernon Road. We can tell this photo is from the 1970s when Woolworths experimented with oversized letters.

Scarborough Woolworths 1970s

Scarborough Woolworths 1970s

Source: Johnstone Press

Here the logo has been updated to the ‘modern’ 1980s one.

Scarborough Woolworths 1986

Scarborough Woolworths 1986

Source: Lane K.

In 1990 the new Brunswick shopping centre was built next to Woolworths, and the front of the store had a skin put on top to match the style of the shopping centre. The store was kept open during this makeover, with an entrance to the side on Vernon Road. In this photo, if you look at the side of the building on the left of the photo, you can see it is the same building with the same windows as the above photos.

Scarborough Woolworths 2009

Scarborough Woolworths 2009

Source: Godley S.

The store closed in December 2008 and became Poundland.

Scarborough Former Woolworths - Poundland

Scarborough Former Woolworths – Poundland

Redhill – Store 164

3-7 High Street, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1RE

Woolworths opened on Redhill High Street in 1924, two doors down from a public house (The Junction). You can see it below on the left side of this 1933 photo, the second shop in.

Redhill Woolworths 1933

Redhill Woolworths 1933

Source: Francis Frith

Here is a later photo from 1955, from another angle. Woolworths is on the right side and unchanged from 1933.

Redhill Woolworths 1955

Redhill Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

There are no more photos on the internet, but they expanded into the shops next door, so it spanned from 3 – 7 High Street. I would guess this happened in the 1970s when the high street was redeveloped.

In the 2000s, Redhill Woolworths was chosen to be a 10/10 trial store, which meant trying out the blue and red fascia and ‘ Woolworths’ in lower case as seen below. Personally I never liked this look. It was also a ‘Christmas store’ when head office would mock up what Christmas would look like instore when it was actually July.

Here it is on it’s last day of trading, 27th December 2008.

Redhill Woolworths 2008

Redhill Woolworths 2008

Source: ephotozine

Today the building is occupied by Wilkos, looking a lot brighter now the grime has been painted over!

Wilko Redhill

Wilko Redhil

Sutton Coldfield – Store 155

97 The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

The 155th Woolworths store opened in the royal town of Sutton Coldfield (made royal by Henry VIII in 1528). It opened on The Parade on the former site of a cinema. It must have done well, as a zebra crossing was put in front of the store – I am guessing there would have been high footfall at this location.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Source: www.sutton-coldfield.net

68-74 Parade, Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1PR

In the 1960s Woolworths moved across the road from number 97 to a much larger site at numbers 68-74. In 1974 the Gracechurch Centre was opened and Woolworths backed into this shopping centre, with a second entrance. It was an extremely large store on multiple floors that included a cafe.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008 and it lay empty for 18 months, probably due to it’s size and the fact that most major brands were already present in Sutton Coldfield. In the end H&M moved from inside the shopping centre to this building, as well as the Card Factory to the left.

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths - Card Factory and H&M

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths – Card Factory and H&M

Pen-Y-Graig – Store 149

48 Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig, Rhondda, Glam.

Woolworths opened in the Welsh village of Penygraig (or Pen-Y-Graig) in 1923. It does look like Pen-Y-Craig with a C on the 1972 store list, but Tylacelyn Road is actually in Penygraig.

There’s not any information on the store on the internet, and no closing date either. We know today that the address is for the Co-op store, which from this photo we can guess that is was a small Woolworths village store.

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

Source: Jaggery

If you lived in South Wales, do you or any of your family members remember the Woolworths in Pen-Y-Graig? Please do share any memories/photos.

Sunderland – Store 144

7 – 10a Fawcett Street, Sunderland, County Durham SR1 1SL

Woolworths opened in Sunderland on the 5th October 1923. It was a very large store, though I assume it started off small and was then extended. This photo shows the store in 1940 with wooden shutters over the windows to protect from potential bomb blasts in the Second World War. The facade was an Art Deco design applied in 1936-7, with the windows having decorative stepped heads.

Sunderland Woolworths 1940s

Sunderland Woolworths 1940

Source: Historic England

In 1976 a planning application was put in to extend the ground floor, which was approved. But in 1987 an application was put in to reduce the sales floor.

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Source: @WearsideEchoes (twitter)

This photo was taken a few years before the store closed down in 2004.

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Source: Sunderland Echo

The reason it closed in 2004 was because Primark offered a sum that Woolworths could not refuse, and so they bought this building.

Sunderland Former Woolworths - Primark (2011)

Sunderland Former Woolworths – Primark (2011)

Source: Ballysundriven

But Primark recently moved into the nearby shopping centre, after all that. In 2016 a designer fashion retailer called Flannels moved in. Regardless of all the changes, the Woolies architecture remains above the store.

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Source: Soult G

Sheffield (The Moor) – Store 143

15 – 19 The Moor, Sheffield S1 3LF

Woolworths opened in Sheffield on The Moor in 1923. It was the first branch in Sheffield – a second Woolworths opened in nearby Haymarket very soon after.

Sheffield was heavily bombed in World War II and Woolworths was destroyed along with most of the buildings along The Moor.

Woolworths was rebuilt and you can recognise the familiar style of the facade in this 1952 photo.

Sheffield Woolworths 1952

Sheffield Woolworths 1952

Source: Sheffield City Council

These are some more photos of the store over the decades.

Sheffield Woolworths 1960s

Sheffield Woolworths 1960s

Source: Sheffield History

Sheffield Woolworths 1978

Sheffield Woolworths 1978

Source: Sheffield History

Shortly after this photo was taken in the 1980s, Woolworths reduced it’s size and the left side became Superdrug.

Sheffield Woolworths 1980s

Sheffield Woolworths 1980s

Source: Sheffield City Council

In this photo you get a nice close-up of the stairs up to the store and you can see what was typically inside a Woolworths in the noughties. Look at the peppermint blue pillars and those blue wire baskets on the right.

Sheffield Woolworths 2006

Sheffield Woolworths 2006

Source: Evissa

Sheffield Woolworths 2007

Sheffield Woolworths 2007

Source: DJN

Sheffield Woolworths 2009

Sheffield Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

This Woolworths closed in 2008 when the chain went bust, and it became a Peacocks store.

Sheffield Former Woolworths - Peacocks (2012)

Sheffield Former Woolworths – Peacocks (2012)

Source: Barr, P

Then it became a TJ Hughes, but they went bust also.

Sheffield Former Woolworths - TJ Hughes

Sheffield Former Woolworths – TJ Hughes (2013)

Source: Budby

Today all the stores along this side of The Moor are empty and this street in being redeveloped. Who knows if the Woolworths facade will be kept or not. If you want to have a look at it, be quick!

St Helens – Store 142

59 – 69 Church Street, St Helens, Lancashire

In 1923 Woolworths opened in St Helens on Church Street. It started off as a small store.

St Helens Woolworths 1924

St Helens Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

In 1960 the store was extended and had a huge makeover. Below you will see photos of the store over the decades.

St Helens Woolworths 1960

St Helens Woolworths 1960

Source: St Helens Local History and Archives Library

St Helens Woolworths 1963

St Helens Woolworths 1963

St Helens Woolworths 1960s

St Helens Woolworths 1960s

 

St Helens Woolworths 1982

St Helens Woolworths 1982

Source: Flickr

The store closed in December 2008.

St Helens Woolworths 2009

St Helens Woolworths 2009

Source: Flickr

It became a Poundland but this since moved into the nearby shopping centre, so the building is currently empty.

St Helens Former Woolworths

St Helens Former Woolworths

Lancaster – Store 136

3 – 7 Penny Street, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1UA

Woolworths opened in Lancaster in 1923. The building was purpose-built with an Art Deco facade (see below on the left).

Lancaster Woolworths 1954

Lancaster Woolworths 1954

Source: Francis Frith

The store closed (in the 1980s?) and eventually a newer store was opened on Market Street (Store 1178). Today the O2 shop and Topshop/Topman are at the Penny Street location, and you can still see the Art Deco facade above.

Lancaster Former Woolworths - O2 and Topshop

Lancaster Former Woolworths – O2 and Topshop

Source: Place North West

 

Swansea – Store 135

242-246 Oxford Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 3BA

Woolworths must have done well in Swansea, as 11 years after opening their first store on the high street (Store 14), a second store was opened on nearby Oxford Street in 1923.

Swansea Woolworths 2008

I actually can’t find any information at all about this particular store, or how it looked between 1923 and 2008. But the style of this building does look 1960s/70s. Today Poundland is at this location.

Swansea Poundland 2017

If you have any old photos of the Swansea Oxford Street store that you don’t mind sharing, do let me know in the comments.

Pontypool – Store 130

Crown Buildings, George Street, Gwent NP4 6YP

We are back in Wales with the 130th Woolworths store, that opened in Pontypool in 1923.

This photo shows the store in 1937, with a number of its staff outside celebrating the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The staff look so proud and happy, almost like cheerleaders.

Pontypool Woolworths 1937

Pontypool Woolworths 1937

Source: Freepresseries

The building does not look purpose-built, and the store was next door to the shoe shop Stead & Simpson.

Pontypool Woolworths 1940s

Pontypool Woolworths 1940s

Source: Pontypool Museum

Pontypool Woolworths 1950s

Pontypool Woolworths 1950s

Source: Pontypool Museum

“The staff of Woolworth Pontypool in Wales show off their spectacular display of dolls, nursery teaware and Easter Bunnies in 1951” Woolworths Museum

Pontypool Woolworths 1951

Pontypool Woolworths 1951

At some point the store was extended into the Stead & Simpson unit.

Pontypool Woolworths 2000s

Pontypool Woolworths 2000s

Source: Facebook

Pontypool Woolworths 2009 (after closure)

Pontypool Woolworths 2009 (after closure)

Source: Ballysundriven

And today it is Iceland.

Pontypool Former Woolworths - Iceland

Pontypool Former Woolworths – Iceland

Source: Jaggery

Southampton – Store 128

64/66 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO9 5UD

Woolworths opened a branch on Above Bar Street on 7th February 1923, alongside the original Southampton Woolies on East Street (Store 24) which opened in 1913. This newer one was a larger store.

Southampton Woolworths 1930s

Southampton Woolworths 1930s

Source: http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/images/0128Southampton-1930s.jpg

Former resident Margaret House remembers this store, “From memory, the original Woolies there was a long narrow shop, one storey, with a sloping floor. Had a cafe area at the far end of the shop where Mum would treat me to a Horlicks drink. That would have been late 40s early fifties.” Source: Southampton Memories: People and Places Facebook Group

Unfortunately this building got destroyed in the Blitz and had to be rebuilt. “The branch had re-opened in stages from 1949 until 1954. The final wave saw the opening of an upper salesfloor, with a customer restaurant and a large new clothing department. Garments were displayed hanging on the walls. The shopfit included new spotlighting to give extra prominence to the feature. For the first time customers were invited to select for themselves from the displays rather than asking an assistant for help. The product selection included a number of garments costing between twenty and forty shillings (£1 to £2).”
Source: http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1950s-i-fasion.htm

Below shows how the new building looked:

Southampton Woolworths 1960s

Southampton Woolworths 1960s

 Source: http://www.facebook.com/SouthamptonMemories

Southampton Woolworths 1960s

Southampton Woolworths 1960s

Source: Southampton Heritage Photos Facebook Group

Ex-Woolworths employee Ganesh Jillah who worked at Southampton from 1997-1999 says, “I remember when Titanic was released on video in October ’98. We were all working a late shift, and we had on Titanic t-shirts. The store was open as a special event from 9pm ’til 11pm on the Sunday, or maybe it was 8 ’til 12. There was a big queue of people outside the store all along the street! We had an orchestra playing like they had in the Titanic.” I asked him why Southampton in particular. He said it was because the Titanic had sailed from Southampton.

Woolworths Titanic Poster - Southampton

Titanic Poster – Southampton Woolworths

 

Southampton Woolworths 2006

Southampton Woolworths 2006

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/_moonpie/230871673

Southampton Woolworths 2007

Southampton Woolworths 2007

Source: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/heritage/hampshireheritage

The store closed in September 2007 to the shock of many locals and employees, after the landlord offered them loads of money to end the lease 10 years early. TK Maxx and the Card Factory took it’s place. The canopies have gone but you can still see the same windows from the 1960s photo.

Southampton TK Maxx 2014

Southampton TK Maxx 2014

Source: www.192.com

Woolworths bosses then decided to open a new store in nearby Bitterne, in October 2008 (even though there was already a closed store in this area – store 1005, 401/403 Bitterne Road). Well this new one ended up being the last new store to be opened before the chain collapsed.

Palmer’s Green – Store 126 / 2000

240 – 244 Green Lanes, Palmer’s Green, London N13 5TU

Woolworths opened in Green Lanes in Palmer’s Green, North London, in 1922. Green Lanes is an ancient route running from Stoke Newington to Enfield, running through quite a few North London neighbourhoods, each with their own shopping area. It was a good choice to put a Woolworths store here.

In the February 2000, Palmer’s Green became a pilot ‘General Store’ and was renumbered ‘2000’.

Palmers Green Woolworths 2008

Palmers Green Woolworths 2008

Source: Flickr

The ‘General Stores’ concept had actually been developed 15 years earlier, in 1985. It came alive in the year 2000, with the conversion of a few Woolworths stores to become convenience stores, selling food, health and beauty, having a pharmacy as well as photo processing, faxing and photocopying services.

I actually visited this store – I was at university and living in a student house in the area, and I remember walking into the store and feeling very disappointed. This was not a Woolworths!! Gone were the departments you would expect in a Woolworths, and instead were these tiny offerings. A bit of food, a bit of makeup. It looked very sparse.

The trial was called off in July 2002, as ‘at the end of the day, customers do not want to buy food from Woolworths’. All 22 general stores went back to being traditional Woolworths, but they did not bother to change the fascias back.

This Woolworths closed down for good in December 2008, and today it is an Iceland.

Palmers Green Former Woolworths - Iceland

Palmers Green Former Woolworths – Iceland

 

 

Rugby – Store 117

30 High Street, Rugby, Warwickshire

Woolworths opened in Rugby in 1922. I can’t find much information about the store from the early years, but from this photo we can see they had a large store upgrade in 1962.

Rugby Woolworths 1962

Rugby Woolworths 1962

Source: Historic England

I’m wondering if the below photo is of a back entrance, as the buildings to the right are different.

Rugby Woolworths 1960s

Source: Petcher A

The store was one that spent the longest time without a refurb, as after 1962 there wasn’t another refurb until 2006!!

The store closed in December 2008.

Rugby Woolworths 2008

Rugby Woolworths 2008

Source: Petcher A

Today it is Poundland (previously 99p store), and you can still see the Woolies architecture above.

Rugby Former Woolworths - now Poundland

Rugby Former Woolworths – now Poundland

Source: Ballysundriven

 

Reading – Store 111/1180

61/64 Broad Street, Reading RG1 2AJ

Woolworths originally opened at 51 Broad Street, Reading in the Spring of 1922, which is where H&M is today. Some pretty fantastic vintage photos of the Reading store have been put up on www.reading-forum.co.uk by markjuk. (http://www.reading-forum.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5709&p=51409)

THEN:

Reading Woolworths 1920s

Reading Woolworths 1920s

Source: http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1261402.PDF

NOW:

Reading H&M 2014

Reading H&M 2014

Source: http://uk-retail.pldbgw-dtz.maximalls.net/dynamic/image/2374271?x=340

The store was expanded to have entrances in Broad Street, Friar Street, Union Street and West Street, often used as a shortcut by shoppers to get from Friar Street to Broad Street. It sounds like it was MASSIVE, I can’t even imagine!

THEN:

Reading WW 1950

Reading Woolworths 1950

Source: http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0111Reading-1950.htm

Reading Woolworths 1955

Reading Woolworths 1955

Source: http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1285592.pdf

According to the Wargrave Local History Society, “Woolworths had moved to their present position in 1939, having earlier been nearer Union Street, although for a period in the late 80’s it was a shopping mall, then becoming Woolworths again.” Source: http://www.wargravehistory.org.uk/nov98.html

Reading WW 1945

Reading Woolworths Interior 1945

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolworths_Group#mediaviewer/File:A_Picture_of_a_Southern_Town-_Life_in_Wartime_Reading,_Berkshire,_England,_UK,_1945_D25360.jpg

Reading WW West Street Entrance 1979

Reading Woolworths West Street Entrance 1979

Source: http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1317811.PDF

Reading WW back

Reading Woolworths Friar Street Entrance 2013

Source: http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/2013/03/16/pick-n-mixed-grill-the-ex-woolworths-that-are-now-wetherspoons/

Now this shopping mall concept sounds interesting. According to 100thbirthday.co.uk, it was originally a prototype for a new large store format called ‘Jupiter’, but they decided on ‘The Woolworth Mall’, piloting Ladybird clothing, the ‘Le Cafe’ restaurant, as well as opticians, show repair and estate agent concessions and selling large kitchen appliances! The mall used yellow and grey colours rather than the traditional red and white, although not for long as the concept was dropped quickly in favour of getting rid of huge city centre stores.

Reading Woolworths 1980

Reading Woolworths 1980

Source: http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1317805.PDF

Reading Woolworths 1980

Reading Woolworths 1980

Source: http://readingimages.epixtech.co.uk/loc/1304042.PDF

“The site was closed for redevelopment in 1989, closing on 17th June. When the development was complete Woolworths moved into a small store in part of its original footprint, which opened on the company’s 85th birthday, 5th November 1992 (Store 1180).” Extract from 100thbirthday.co.uk (Source: http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0111Reading-1950.htm)

Reading WW 2008

Reading Woolworths 2008

When I took these photos, I did notice how new the building looked – definitely not an original. The Reading Forum clarified this – Markjuk recalls “that a fire in the early 90s caused by squatters who in habited the derelict building, set fire to it causing extensive damage to the old Broad Street entrance prompting it to be demolished a few months later. Rather than save this art deco architecture, it was demolished and replaced with a bog standard brick building of no significance.” (Source: http://www.reading-forum.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5709&p=51409)

NOW:

Reading Clas Olsen 2014

Reading Clas Ohlson 2014

And today it is a shiny new Clas Ohlson, selling pretty much what Woolies used to sell. I do like their pastel coloured straws 🙂

Taunton – Store 110 / 1189

18a/19 East Street, Taunton, Somerset /
40-42 Fore Street, Taunton. Somerset TA1 1NE

The store address of the Taunton store is a bit of a mystery. From the store number 110, I can gather it opened in the spring of 1922. The 1970s store list says it was at 18a/19 East Street, of which the Woolworths Museum has the below photo.

Taunton Woolworths 1950s

Taunton Woolworths 1950s

Source: Woolworths Museum

This is a side angle from 1985.

Taunton Woolworths 1985

Taunton Woolworths 1985

Source: Hayman T.

These are more recent photos, where you can see the building is the same one as from the 1950s photo, but the address of the photos say it is Fore Street. Also the new store number 1189 would have been allocated in the 1990s, similar to the Reading store.

Taunton Woolworths 2003

Taunton Woolworths 2003

Source: cic

Taunton Woolworths closed on 5th January 2009. This photo from my Facebook group shows it before it closed:

Taunton Woolworths 2008

Taunton Woolworths 2008

TK Maxx opened in the building in 2009, with the address listed as 40 – 42 Fore Street.

Taunton TK Maxx 2013

Taunton TK Maxx 2013

Source: Ballysundriven

The building does not look like a 1950s building, it is certainly older, so perhaps the street numbering was changed sometime between the 1950s and today – I don’t know. 19 East Street today houses Sports Direct which looks like a new building. What I can say that the Woolworths building still looks grand, and it is easy to see why it was called the grandest Woolworths store in Somerset.

South Shields – Store 104

100 – 108 King Street, South Shields, County Durham NE33 1JG

Woolworths opened in South Shields in 1921 on King Street. The town was heavily hit in World War II, and the store got destroyed. It took 8 years for it to be rebuilt.

South Shields Woolworths 1949

South Shields Woolworths 1949

The store lasted until the end in December 2008.

South Shields Woolworths 2007

South Shields Woolworths 2007

Source: Cornfoot R.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland and Peacocks (previously Store Twenty One pictured).

South Shields Former Woolworths - Poundland Peacocks

South Shields Former Woolworths – Poundland and Peacocks