Category Archives: Scotland

Glasgow, Sauchiehall – Store 283

164-168 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH

Woolworths opened their FOURTH Glasgow store on Sauchiehall Street, backing onto Renfrew Street in 1927. [The other Glasgow stores were Store 39 at Union Street, Store 118 at Argyle Street and Store 121 at Charing Cross Mansions.] They had acquired the Wellington Arcade on Sauchiehall Street, which was a continuation of a small shopping arcade called the Queens Arcade that was built in the mid-19th century. Woolworths demolished the Wellington Arcade to build their store.

Just two years after the store opened, there was a fire in 1929 and the facade had to be rebuilt. The store was reclad in tiles 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 Sauchiehall Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

Below you can see the M&S next door and why Woolworths wanted a grand facade.

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1938

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1938

Source: Mitchell Library / Hidden Glasgow

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1940s

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1940s

Source: Glasgow History

This is the back of the store on Renfrew Street. According to The Telegraph, the store was pictured in 1951 as a horse-drawn cart containing supplies pulls up outside. I can’t quite believe that’s how supplies were delivered in the 1950s!

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1951

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths 1951

Source: The Telegraph

Here is another photo of the back, from the style of the cars this would be late 1950s/60s?

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths back

Glasgow Sauchiehall Woolworths back

Source: Mitchell Library

The store closed in January 1984, and went through some redevelopment recently. The building is new but kept in a similar style of the old Woolworths, and is now a souvenir shop called I Love Glasgow.

Glasgow Sauchiehall Former Woolworths - I Love Glasgow

Glasgow Sauchiehall Former Woolworths – I Love Glasgow

Source: Local Data Search

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Coatbridge – Store 252

55 – 57 Main Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire ML5 3BB

Woolworths opened in Coatbridge in Scotland in 1927. I can’t find any early photos of the store, but the frontage in this photo looks 1950s, so there must have been a makeover around then.

Coatbridge Woolworths 1973

Coatbridge Woolworths 1973

Source: The Transport Library

Margaret Barber was the Assistant Manager at Coatbridge twice, with 24 years of service in total. She remembers a few different managers “Pauline Adams was the team leader when I left. First manager I had was Alan, then Pat Delargy, Steven and Paul that’s the only names I remember I think there was at least 4 more. A great bunch of staff at this store.” 

James Kelman was Pat’s assistant manager between August 1995 and July 1996. He remembers moving all the kids wear from the back of store to stop it getting stolen.

Coatbridge Woolworths 2008

Coatbridge Woolworths 2008

Former employee Nicola Clarke says the staff nights out were fab. She worked there from 2004 right until the end and was one of the last to have a Woolies baby, being four months pregnant when they closed. She wonders if the drains behind the old entertainment counter still flood in bad weather! Here’s a staff photo she has kindly shared.

Coatbridge Woolworths Staff 2000s

Coatbridge Woolworths Staff 2000s

And she has shared a photo of what must be the basement level – look at that vintage floor tiling.

Coatbridge Woolworths Interior

Coatbridge Woolworths Interior

Woolworths in Coatbridge closed in January 2009, and it stayed with the signage still there for a good few years. The business that later occupied the building painted a ‘NOT’ on the fascia and called themselves ‘Not Woolworths’. They sold beds and random screws and fittings apparently.

Coatbridge Former Not Woolworths

Coatbridge Former Not Woolworths

They left, and the building has lay empty ever since. I think somebody bought the building at auction and replastered the front so it looks better, and now they are just looking for a business to lease it. Note on the right side, the original Woolworths doors from the 1950s are still there.

Coatbridge Former Woolworths

Coatbridge Former Woolworths

Dumfries – Store 238

165 – 171 High Street, Dumfries DG1 2RD

Woolworths opened in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1926. You can see the store on the right of this photo – the white building. The store was all on the ground floor, with the stock room being upstairs. There was also a side entrance.

Dumfries Woolworths 1991

Dumfries Woolworths 1991

Source: Brooksbank B.

Margaret Douglas worked here right until the end. She says there was talk of the stock room being haunted, though she had never seen any ghosts. “It was certainly creepy. I remember going up in the elevator one day – we were not supposed to, but I did – and it got stuck between floors as it was a really old one. They had to phone the fire brigade to come get me out. I thought I wasn’t going to get out, leaving notes on cardboard boxes for my boyfriend at the time, as we were getting married 2 weeks later. I was so embarrassed when I got out! Everyone thought it was hilarious. On the plus side, the fire fighters were really nice lol”

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Dumfries Woolworths 2009

Dumfries Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

The store is now an Iceland. If you are ever in Dumfries and passing Iceland, now you will know that this store was a Woolworths.

Dumfries Former Woolworths - Iceland

Dumfries Former Woolworths – Iceland

Inverness – Store 233

13 – 15 High Street, Inverness

Woolworths opened in the Scottish town of Inverness on 11th September 1926. They had bought the premises from the Portree Wool Company and built their store here.

Inverness Woolworths 1930s

Inverness Woolworths 1930s

Source: Dawson M.

Inverness Woolworths - date unknown

Inverness Woolworths – date unknown

Source: Dawson M.

Inverness Woolworths 1950s

Inverness Woolworths 1950s

Source: Ambaile

In 1964, the store was ‘reskinned’ to give it a more ‘modern’ appearance. It certainly contrasted with the surrounding historic buildings.

Inverness Woolworths 1970s

Inverness Woolworths 1970s

Source: Guy

Molly Dawson worked at Inverness store from 1975 right until the end (33 years in total). She has kindly shared her memories of the store, as well as some of the photos featured in this post.

“233 Inverness was on the High Street and was a pretty large store, with two salesfloors and two stockrooms. There was a further floor above, where there were chillers and hooks on the ceiling from when the store had its own butcher. It used to sell groceries – fruit and veg, meats, cheeses and also broken biscuits.

The store had a lot of staff who worked 30+ years in the store. When I started I remember hearing stories of how there were basements where stock was stored. There were hatches behind the counters where staff could nip down and get stock. At some point a floor was put down and the flats above we’re converted to stockrooms.

Inverness Woolworths

Inverness Woolworths

Source: Dawson M.

The store also had an escalator installed. In its day this was a novelty, as it was probably the first in the town. My mam said my granny loved going in to get a wee go on the escalator.

Over the years there were several refits and the store looked fantastic after the 10/10 upgrade.

I can remember when Princess Di came to town. The town house was opposite. We had police on the roof and had a wee system in place whereby everyone got a chance to see her on the High Street. With our area manager (Terry Kelly) seeing the faces at windows on reporting Scotland.

Inverness Woolworths - Runrig store appearance

Inverness Woolworths – Runrig store appearance

Our ground floor was on a slant. When the weather was bad there was a drain which used to turn into a fountain. We’d have to battle to stop rain running into the escalator – happy days!

We always had fab parties. Some in store. Always trying to keep an eye on the young ones… they were always smarter than us. Many couples got together there, and lots of life-long friends made and still going strong. I have fabulous, happy memories of a non-related family.

Inverness Woolworths 1990s

Inverness Woolworths 1990s

Source: Zycinski J.

The managers I remember in my time are: Calum Keith, Pat Keeney, Terry Kelly (later our area manager), Kevin Burley, Angus McGibbon, Terry Nicholson, Simon Vesty and Graeme McDonald.”

Inverness Woolworths 1997

Inverness Woolworths 1997

Source: Patti

Andy Hayllar remembers doing the Kingstore install in Inverness in 2002. He says he “got stuck up there as the road got closed with a landslide. The store manager Graeme was sound as a pound. Great team.”

Inverness Woolworths 2008

Inverness Woolworths 2008

Source: Zycinski J.

The store closed in December 2008. Molly says “When the store closed we received lots of letters and cards from people for whom Woolworths was a big part of their childhood. Today our lovely store is Poundland so at least it’s not lying empty.”

Inverness Former Woolworths - Poundland

Inverness Former Woolworths – Poundland

 

 

Aberdeen (Union Street) – Store 228

111 – 119 Union Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UG

The second Woolworths to open in Aberdeen was a 3-storey superstore on Union Street that opened in 1926. The first was Store 79 on St Nicholas Street. This bigger Woolworths was not in a purpose-built store, and there is some interesting architecture with the arched windows.

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1926

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1926

Source: Soult G.

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1930s

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1930s

Here in the 1970s you can see the change in fascia.

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1970s

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1970

Tony Coglan remembers when he took over the Aberdeen district: “Whenever I asked a question of the staff, the manager had to interpret for me, the accent was so different! I soon got used to it and have to say the staff were magnificent in this store.”

Ann Baxter worked for over 35 years in Woolworths. She says “The staff were like a second family and I still meet up with some of them. I still miss Woolworths.” The Shand twins were supervisors, and ran the store as the story goes, back in the 1980s.

Colin Higgins remembers there being many regional meetings at the Aberdeen store as 228 was one of the “jewels in the regional crown”, and they wanted colleagues from South of the border to see it.

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1970s

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1970s

In 1985 Aberdeen Woolworths was the most profitable store in the company. It had an ‘Operation Facelift’ makeover with the experimental ‘Woolworths’ with an ‘s’ fascia. Inside the store, aisles were laid out like racetracks instead of being straight, with grey walkways flanked by high gondolas that maximised floorspace. (Source: Woolworth’s 100 Years on the High Street – K. Morrison)

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1985

Aberdeen Union Street Woolworths 1985

Source: Evening Express

Was this facelift a failure? If this store was the most profitable in the country in 1985, why did it close just 5 years later, in June 1990? Well, that is what happened.

Today you will find Shoe Zone and McDonalds where the Woolworths store was.

Aberdeen Former Woolworths - Shoe Zone and McDonalds

Aberdeen Former Woolworths – Shoe Zone and McDonalds

Montrose – Store 218

36 – 38 High Street, Montrose, Angus DD10 8JP

Woolworths opened in Montrose, Scotland, in 1926. It was an odd-looking building as it seems they demolished part of a terrace and built a single-storey store that didn’t match its neighbours. Woolworths traded from this location for over 80 years. Former employee Heather Murray kindly sent me a photo with the team in front – the uniform looks so bright and cheerful!

Montrose Woolworths 2002

Montrose Woolworths 2002

Source: Murray H.

Heather worked at Montrose Woolworths from 1981/82 until 2003. She says, “It was sad when it closed and still very missed in Montrose, as am sure it is in any high street.”

The store traded until the end, closing after the chain went bust in December 2008. In this photo from after closure, you can see it was a small store. You can see the peppermint-blue fixtures inside, and the frames in the windows for window POS.

Montrose Woolworths 2009

Montrose Woolworths 2009

It became an Original Factory Shop, which it still is today. It is recognisably a former Woolworths by the tiles on the side pillars and the shape of the entrance and windows.

Montrose Former Woolworths - The Original Factory Shop

Montrose Former Woolworths – The Original Factory Shop

 

Edinburgh – Store 213

10/14 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AW

In 1925, Woolworths built their Scottish flagship store on the busy and bustling Princes Street, opening its doors in March 1926. It was the second store in Edinburgh after the first one in Leith, but this one was much grander.

Edinburgh Woolworths 1926

Edinburgh Woolworths 1926

Source: ifo Apple Store

Here is it in 1933. Its location next to the Royal British Hotel and Palace Cinema, and opposite the infamous Waverley Steps made it a national landmark.

Edinburgh Woolworths 1933

Edinburgh Woolworths 1933

Source: RCAHMS

In 1956 they expanded into the cinema next door, demolishing it and extending their external facade and adding a floor in the roof. The F.W.Woolworth fascia was updated to extend the whole way across.

Edinburgh Woolworths 1956

Edinburgh Woolworths 1956

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Edinburgh Woolworths 1958

Edinburgh Woolworths 1958

 

Here it is in the 1980s shortly before closing, with it’s updated logo.

Edinburgh Woolworths 1980s

Edinburgh Woolworths 1980s

Source: The Scotsman

1984 they closed down when Kingfisher took over and closed most of their large Woolworth stores. A Wimpy soon opened in its place, here it is in 1986.

Edinburgh Wimpy 1986

Edinburgh Wimpy 1986

Source: Lost Edinburgh Facebook Group

In the 1990s the Wimpy became a Burger King. Here is the parade of shops in 2009, with Boots, Evans and Waterstones.

Edinburgh Princes Street 2009

Edinburgh Princes Street 2009

Source: Beth’s Blogging (design) Blog

All the shops left and the building was empty for a number of years. Then in 2011, Apple started a $20 million reconstruction of the whole building, with the insides totally changed but keeping the grand exterior facade as it was – as fortunately this is a listed building.

This is a photo taken by my brother in March 2015 – we can see it is an Apple Store and a Barclays, and the Royal British Hotel is still there. The Apple branding is very subtle, and the interior is completely open – quite different from it’s Woolworths day, yet the exterior is keeping its heritage. Good work Apple.

Edinburgh Apple Store 2015

Edinburgh Apple Store/Barclays 2015


 

This post was originally written in 2015.

Ayr – Store 211

12 – 16 High Street, Ayr, South Ayrshire

Woolworths opened in Ayr in 1926 on the site of the old King’s Arms Hotel, which was demolished to build the new store. Presumably there was an Art Deco facade, and in the 1950s there was probably a makeover so that it looked more like the store in the below photo.

Ayr Woolworths (12-16 High Street) after closure

Ayr Woolworths (12-16 High Street) after closure

Source: Hurst CJ

Unfortunately I cannot find any photos of the store when it was actually open, but I do have a memory from former employee Kevin Alexander. He remembers working with Ken Wilkinson, Tom Reilly and John Savil in the 70s. “Tom decided he wanted to move habby from the wall on the way up to the canteen to the left wall shopping with pictures. We used to display them on Huntley brackets on flat bars. It took me all of Wednesday afternoon’s half day closing. Tom rolls in at about 6pm with a dart board – he had taken up darts and wanted to practice, and didn’t want to be seen from main road.” Cheeky!

This Woolworths closed around 2007 and they moved to the other end of the High Street at numbers 127 – 137 High Street with a new store number of 1266. The old Woolworths along with the neighbouring stores had been acquired for redevelopment – see the below photo. The old Woolworths store is to the left. The plans are to transform this area to a modern riverside block (the River Ayr runs behind these buildings). The building have now been demolished and archaeologists have found the remains of the old King’s Arms Hotel where Woolworths was, along with pieces of medieval pottery and the walls of the pub.

Ayr Former Woolworths ready for demolition

Ayr Former Woolworths ready for demolition

Source: CorrieBob

If you compare the above photo with the below, you can see that Woolworths was exactly where the Kings Arm Hotel was, as the neighbouring buildings were the same.

Kings Arms Hotel Ayr - before Woolworths

Kings Arms Hotel Ayr – before Woolworths

Kilmarnock – Store 198

36/40 King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Woolworths opened in Kilmarnock in 1925, on the corner of King Street and Market Lane.

Kilmarnock Woolworths 1950s

Kilmarnock Woolworths 1950s

Source: Pinterest

They were at this location until the 1970s, when the buildings on this side of the road were demolished to make the Burns shopping centre. Today WHSmith is at numbers 36 – 40.

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths - WHSmith

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths – WHSmith

8-10 King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA1 1NU

The new Woolworths store was at numbers 8 – 10 of the same street as part of the new shopping centre, in bigger premises. There was an entrance from King Street and an entrance inside the shopping centre. From the fascia in this photo, we can see it had a 10/10 refurb in the 2000s. The store closed in January 2009.

Kilmarnock Woolworths 2008

Kilmarnock Woolworths 2008

Source: Daily Record

After closure the unit was empty for a while before being split into two units. The unit with the shopping centre entrance is now Home Bargains. The King Street side is New Look.

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths - Home Bargains

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths – Home Bargains

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths - New Look

Kilmarnock Former Woolworths – New Look

Perth – Store 197

111/117 High Street, Perth, Tayside, Scotland

Woolworths opened in Perth, Scotland in September 1925, on the High Street (see on the right of this photo).

Perth Woolworths 1940s 1950s

Perth Woolworths 1940s 1950s

Source: Stevenson S.

In 1966 the store was extended and the building reskinned. The new store had a restaurant on the upper floor. A small Salisbury’s store was at the side of the store, but within the same building.

Perth Woolworths 1966

Perth Woolworths 1966

Former employee Scott Barber remembers John Bain being the store manager and Mary Bisset the Assistant Manager while he worked there. He says “The restaurant was closed when I started there but the old prices were still in the stairway leading from it. The walk to the office involved 158 steps up the staircase. The store had its ghost, and more lifts than any other store I’ve ever been in. We got flooded when the Tay burst its banks and I had to get a pump to empty the basement switch cupboard out. We closed for one day and had half lights for a week.”

Perth Woolworths 1966

Perth Woolworths 1966

Source: Historic England

May Banach remembers training days at Perth store, and like Scott, she remembers that there were lots of stairs to go up and down.

Tony Coghlan says his best memory of the store was “one Christmas when John Bain had set up a Santa’s Grotto in one of the lifts at the back of the store. As he showed me, the lift went up to the stock room without the doors being closed! Something that can’t happen. But it did! I also remember a Christmas conference there and we took the roof off with We are the champions. And you know what? We really were.”

Another Tony, Tony Jenkins, had a Saturday job on the tills around 1994. He remembers it being a great job, working his way up to cash desk supervisor, and having lots of nights out with his colleagues!

Perth Woolworths 2008

Perth Woolworths 2008

Source: Allen K.

Marriane Ellis first went to Perth store in 1984. Store 124 Dunfermline had been sold and she had been asked to go to Perth to help with the planned closure of the store. “I closed the upper sales floor where the café and furniture department was. However Head Office contacted us to stop the process as it turned out Perth was a lease and not owned by Woolworths. Paternosca was only interested in properties that they could sell. Next time I was back was 1986 to deliver “Feelings” warm fuzziest and cold pricklies!!”

Now, if you are wondering what Marriane is talking about, “Feelings” was a customer service incentive scheme in the mid-80s, based around the concept of giving customers a ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling and not a ‘cold prickly’ feeling. There’s a whole article about the scheme, if you fancy reading more about it.

Perth Woolworths 2008

Perth Woolworths 2008

Perth Woolworths closed in December 2008 when the chain went bust. After the store closed, it lay empty for quite a few years. There were plans to demolish the building and create a new street connecting the High Street with the Concert Hall. But lucky for us Woolworths fans, the building remains and it is now Next and New Look.

Perth Former Woolworths - New Look and Next

Perth Former Woolworths – New Look and Next

Leith – Store 180

170 – 174 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6AQ

The 180th Woolworths store opened in Leith in 1925. It took over the Queen’s Hotel, and the architecture was kept as it was. The statue of Queen Victoria, located in front of the store, was erected in 1907. It was the result of a meeting at the hotel.

Leith Woolworths 1960s

Leith Woolworths 1960s

Source: Canmore

In this photo you can just make out the 1970s lettering of Woolworth in the background, and you can see the recognisable Woolworths doors and mosaic pillars.

Leith Woolworths 1970s/80s

Leith Woolworths 1970s/80s

Source: Darcy J.

Marianne Ellis was the store manager for a couple of years. She remembers that the stockroom still had a staircase and stained glass window from the Queen’s Hotel.

She says “I believe the stockroom was haunted. Kay and I were working in the stationery aisle and photo albums decided to fall out of the bins!! The entertainment stockroom was the old butchery prep area and the old cold storage fridge.

In the 1960’s my Aunt, Patricia Holligan, worked in the stockroom to set it up to the standards she had in 124 Dunfermline as she was the stockroom manager.”

Leith Woolworths 2005

Leith Woolworths 2005

Source: Nolan M.

Another employee, Scott Barber, says the ghost was called Mary the stockroom ghost, and Wilma Johnson describes the building as a “very creepy but very interesting building as well”.

Leith Woolworths 2006

Leith Woolworths 2006

Source: Bass D.

The store had a 10/10 refit, and you can see the change of fascia in this photo.

Leith Woolworths 2008

Leith Woolworths 2008

Source: Radioclyde

There was another entrance to the store – it was an L-shaped store that backed on to New Kirkgate (pictured below on the left).

Leith Woolworths - New Kirkgate Entrance 2008

Leith Woolworths – New Kirkgate Entrance 2008

After Woolworths closed in December 2008, the store was split into two units. The front side became a British Heart Foundation shop.

Leith Former Woolworths - British Heart Foundation Shop

Leith Former Woolworths – British Heart Foundation Shop

Source: Soult G.

The New Kirkgate side became Poundland.

Leith Former Woolworths - Poundland

And Queen Victoria still stands proud at the front.

Dundee – Store 174

48 – 60 Murraygate, Dundee, Angus DD1 2BD

Woolworths opened in Dundee up in Scotland in November 1924. Initial plans were to face this building in cream-coloured terracotta but the plans were abandoned.

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

In the 1939 the building was updated to become a three-storey one with a faience front.

“I can remember Woolies in the 60s when they still had the original old wooden counters, but around the beginning of the 70s the store was modernised and got itself some new open plan style rack shelving.

One of the relics from the old store they kept going, however, was the huge weighing machine tucked away in the corner beside the photo booth. A big red & silver thing it was, a penny a go.

Another memory from the 70s I always associate with Woolies were the budget priced “Top Of The Pops” albums with glamour girls on the LP covers. 12 chart hits for 60p or something. For that price though you didn’t get the original artists, oh no, these were 2nd rate rogues imitating our favourite pop groups. The work of session musicians in fact, and they were mince!

Oh yes, and get this, I was once thrown out of Woolies when aged around 12/13. I was in the Murraygate store just having a look around, probably been there for 15/20 minutes, when this frumpy middle-aged wifie (the floor-walker) came over to me and escorted me to the door. Was I stealing? No. Causing a scene with a shop assistant? Nope. My crime, she told me on the way out, was “being in the shop too long”. What the…??!!!”

Source: Retro Dundee

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Source: Pinterest

“‘We’ll cut through Woolies,’ was a welcome statement by my mum, coming at the end of a joyless eternity of staring at rolls of fabric in Smith and Horner’s.

I don’t think sometimes we even stopped in Woolies as we ‘cut through’ on our way to the bus – in the Murraygate entrance, through the shop, up the wee stair and out the back door into the court, then through the pend to Albert Square.”

Memory from Neale E.

The store closed in March 1984 and John Menzies moved in. They were bought by WHSmith in 1998 and I assume that is when this store closed and became a Tesco on the ground floor with JJB Sports on the upper floors.

Dundee Former Woolworths - John Menzies

Dundee Former Woolworths – John Menzies (1987)

Source: Retro Dundee

Today Tesco Metro operates from this building, but if you look up you can see the 1930s Woolworths architecture. The JJB Sports floors are To Let in this photo, but today Intersports trades from here.

Dundee Former Woolworths - Tesco Metro

Dundee Former Woolworths – Tesco Metro

Source: Ballysundriven

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

Hamilton – Store 146

Quarry Street, Hamiton, Lanarkshire

Woolworths opened in Hamilton in 1923, originally on Quarry Street.

Hamilton Woolworths 1932

Hamilton Woolworths 1932

Source: Old Hamilton

29 Regent Way, Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 7EQ

In 1965 a new shopping centre was built and Woolworths moved here. This was where they stayed until the chain closed in December 2008. From this photo you can see there was a blue fascia up, which means this was a 10/10 trial store.

Hamilton Woolworths 2008

Hamilton Woolworths 2008

Source: Daily Record

Today Wilkos is in its place.

Hamilton Former Woolworths - Wilko

Hamilton Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: The Regent Shopping Centre

Kirkcaldy – Store 145

234 – 242 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife

The 145th Woolworths store opened in Kirkcaldy in Scotland. There are no photos of it on the internet at all, but we can guess from the photo of the building today, that it had a makeover in the 1950s/60s, being extended to become a huge store.

The store closed down on 28th June 1986.

In the 1990, a Woolworths Music and Video store opened at 148 High Street (Store 1168) and then in the late 1990s, a traditional Woolworths returned to Kirkcaldy at the Mercat Shopping Centre on the High Street (Store 1201).

Today the building of the original store at 234 – 242 High Street houses the Kirkcaldy Indoor Market, which gives an idea of the size of the Woolworths store that was. The Woolworths does are still in use after all these years.

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths - Indoor Market

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths – Indoor Market

Source: Flickr

And what is exciting is that an original mosaic Woolworths floor still exists in front of the fire doors at the far right of the building.

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

If you do have any photos of any of the Kirkcaldy Woolworths store, please do send them in, it would be great to see how they looked.

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

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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

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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

22 – 26 Charing Cross Mansions, St Georges Road, Glasgow G3 6UJ

Woolworths opened their third Glasgow store in 1922. The first store was on Union Street (Store 39) and the second on Argyle Street (Store 118), which also opened in 1922. This store was on the Charing Cross side of Glasgow, backing on to Renfrew Street.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

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It wasn’t a purpose-built building, they opened in the existing Charing Cross Mansions. The below photo shows a sweet scene, it looks like a father and son looking through the shop window.

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths 1930s

Source: Skyscraper City

The store traded from this location for about 50 years before closing in the early 1970s.

Very recently, some original signage was revealed at Renfrew Street (the back of the store) – and it is still there today. It’s literally at the end of Renfrew Street where it becomes Buccleuch Street. You can see it on Google Streetview, but why don’t you go to Glasgow and take a look at it!!

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths Ghost Sign

Glasgow Charing Cross Woolworths Ghost Sign

Source: Hidden Glasgow

Going by Streetview and comparing with the 1930s photos above, the building the housed the front of Woolworths still exists and today it is two units – a traditional toy shop (very appropriate) called The Big Top and a cafe called Tinderbox.

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Glasgow Charing Cross Former Woolworths

Source: Google Streetview

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 same year (1922) a third Glasgow branch opened in Charing Cross. The design of the Argyle Street 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

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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