Category Archives: Scotland

Dunfermline – Store 124

52 – 58 High Street, Dunfermline, Fife

We’re in Scotland again! Store 124 was on the medieval High Street of Dunfermline, Fife, and it opened in 1922.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1922

Dunfermline Woolworths 1922

Source: Dunfermline Through Time – Simpson E., Robertson G.

In the 1939 they moved across the road and built a new store with an Art Deco facade, contrasting with the French Gothic neighbouring buildings.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1939

Dunfermline Woolworths 1939

Source: Postcard on Ebay

The store was the one that drew the crowds on this High Street.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1950s

Dunfermline Woolworths 1950s

Source: Flickr

This Woolworths closed in 1984, and today it is a Poundstretcher. And if you are ever shopping on Dunfermline High Street, do take a look above Poundstretcher. Though it looks like the windows have been covered up, you can still see the remains of the Woolworths Art Deco facade.

Dunfermline Former Woolworths - Poundstretcher

Dunfermline Former Woolworths – Poundstretcher

Source: Acuitus

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Dumbarton – Store 122

97 – 99 High Street, Dumbarton, Strathclyde G82 1PH

In 1922 Woolworths opened another Scottish store in the Glasgow area – in the town of Dumbarton. They opened next to the Earl of Glencairn’s Greit House of 1623 (the building with the arches on the left of this photo)

Dumbarton Woolworths 1922

Dumbarton Woolworths 1922

Source: Historic England

In the 1930s the store had an Art Deco update to its look. The fact that this was allowed shows the clout that Woolworths had in such towns with historic buildings.

Dumbarton Woolworths 1950s

Dumbarton Woolworths 1950s

Source: Pinterest

There were updates to the fascia through the years.

Dumbarton Woolworths 1971

Dumbarton Woolworths 1971

Source: Historic England

Dumbarton Woolworths 1979

Dumbarton Woolworths 1979

Source: West Dunbartonshire Council

It was branded a Woolworths ‘Local’ store until its last days in December 2008.

Dumbarton Woolworths 2008

Dumbarton Woolworths 2008

Source: Dunbartonshire Council

And today it is a Wetherspoons pub, the Art Deco facade is still there and you can sit and have a drink in this old Woolworths.

Dumbarton Former Woolworths - Wetherspoons

Dumbarton Former Woolworths – Wetherspoons

Source: Flickr

Glasgow, Charing Cross – Store 121

164-168 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH

Woolworths opened their THIRD Glasgow store in the Charing Cross area in 1922. It was on Sauchiehall Street, backing onto Renfrew Street. The other Glasgow stores were Store 39 in Union Street and Store 118 in Argyle Street.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1920s-30s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1920s-30s

Source: Pinterest

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths- Sauchiehall Street

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths – back entrance

Source: Guardian

The store was reclad in tiles in 1936-6 to add a touch of style, in order to compete with Marks and Spencer’s striking new premises next door (Extract from Woolworth’s 100 Years on the High Street K. Morrison)

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1938

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1938

Source: Mitchell Library / Hidden Glasgow

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths back

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths back

Source: Mitchell Library

The store closed some time before 1972, as it is not listed on the store list of that year.

Very recently, some original signage was revealed at Renfrew Street – this photo was taken in 2015.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths - Ghost Sign 2015

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths – Ghost Sign 2015

Source: Flickr

It has all gone now, and the store next to M&S, in the spot where Woolworths was, is now a souvenir shop called I Love Glasgow.

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths - I Love Glasgow

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths – I Love Glasgow

Source: Local Data Search

Glasgow Argyle Street – Store 118

36/48 Argyle Street, Glasgow, C.2

Woolworths opened their second Glasgow store on Argyle Street in 1922. The first opened in Union Street 8 years earlier. The design of the new store was the opposite of reserved, almost a ‘look at me’ store.

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

Unusually the fascia has the “NOTHING IN THESE STORES OVER 6D” in the centre. “WOOLWORTHS STORES” also appears in a semi-circle above the parapet wall.

The adaptations were agreed with the landlord, replacing signs from a previous occupant.

-Woolworths Museum

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Source: Glasgow History

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1930s

Source: Pinterest

In 1960 there was a huge fire.

“The street was closed for six hours as the spectacular blaze showered embers on a large area of the city centre, and caused an explosion. In all, 80 firemen worked to stop the blaze spreading and six later needed hospital treatment for burns. The fire began in the basement where stocks included fireworks and Christmas decoration. The store, at the corner of Miller Street, was burned out but it later reopened.”

Glasgow Evening Times

This photo was taken in 1963 of the new rebuilt store, it does have a sixties Woolworths style to it.

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1963

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 1963

Source: Pinterest

This store closed, the date is unknown. And today it is TK Maxx, where you can see the windows have changed but other than that, it looks the same.

Glasgow Argyle Street Former Woolworths - TK Maxx

Glasgow Argyle Street Former Woolworths – TK Maxx

Source: Evening Times

Store 1188

199-201 Argyle Street, Glasgow

In 1994 Woolworths opened in another location on Argyle Street. It would have been a very large, L-shaped store.

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 2008

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 2008

Source: Nugent T

Today it is Poundland – this photo is a crossover one in 2011, where Poundland has opened but the Woolworths signage is still up.

Glasgow Argyle Street Woolworths 2008

Glasgow Argyle Street Former Woolworths – Poundland (2011)

Source: Farrington A

Greenock – Store 96

75 – 77 Hamilton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire

Woolworths opened their 96th store in Greenock, Scotland. Greenock’s main shopping thoroughfare was Hamilton Street, which connected West Blackhall Street in the west to Clyde Square in the east. Woolworths was at number 75 to 77, which you can see below on the left side with the Art Deco facade.

Greenock Woolworths 1966

Greenock Woolworths 1966

Source: McLean Museum

41 Hamilton Way, Shopping Mall, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1RS

In 1975 Hamilton Street disappeared along with several other streets as the area was pedestrianised as Hamilton Way. Woolworths was at number 41 Hamilton Way, keeping it’s store number 96. In the 1990s a shopping centre was built on Hamilton Way, incorporating Woolworths. The store was a large L-shaped one with two entrances. Below you can see the outside entrance on Charles Place. There was also an entrance on the shopping centre side.

Greenocks Woolworths 2008

Greenocks Woolworths 2008

Source: Nugent T

The store closed in January 2009 when the chain went bust, and today Wilkos is in its place. This is the shopping centre side.

Greenocks Former Woolworths - Wilko

Greenocks Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: Acuitus

Glasgow Union Street – Store 39

62 – 70 Union Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde G1 3QS

Woolworths opened their first Scottish store in Glasgow on 2nd October 1914, next to a cinema.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1914

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1921 the store was extended, taking over the cinema next door. Shortly after the works were finished, a serious fire broke out in the stockroom that affected neighbouring buildings, causing alarm to the City as it was so close to the station.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1921

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths 1921

Source: Woolworths Museum

By the 1950s, the store was considered off-location, as it sales were being dwarfed by the nearly Argyle Street branch. The store was closed in 1971, the freehold sold.

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths - no date

Glasgow Union Street Woolworths – no date

Source: Evening Times

Today part of Poundland and Rymans are where the Woolworths store was. The building is Category B Listed (that’s the Scottish version of Grade II), so although it’s not Woolworths architecture, it is still a historical building to admire.

Glasgow Union Street Former Woolworths | Poundland Rymans

Glasgow Union Street Former Woolworths | Poundland Rymans

Source: NovaLoca


You can read about Store 38 – Swindon here.