Category Archives: West Midlands

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

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Dudley – Store 32

38A High Street, Dudley, West Midlands

On 21st March 1914 Woolworths bought a 25 year lease on a narrow-fronted building at 38A Market Place on Dudley High Street. The store was very successful, famous for its queues, but there was no room for extension.

Dudley Woolworths 1914

Dudley Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

They must have got out of the lease early as they moved along the road to 43 High Street 21 years later, with a grand reopening on 12th April 1935. Though this is numbered 34 on the most recent store list.

Dudley Woolworths 1935

Dudley Woolworths 1935

Source: Woolworths Museum

Below you can see the store on the right of this photo in the 1950s.

Dudley Woolworths 1955

Dudley Woolworths 1955

Source: Express and Star

In 1960 a basement floor was added, fronting King Street, which became a Shoppers World store from 1975 to 1983. This was the Woolworths’ version of Argos.

Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Inside Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Inside Shoppers World Dudley 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Dudley Woolworths 2004

Dudley Woolworths 2004

Source: Express and Star

The Dudley store closed in 2008. The building has been converted into a mini mall, so it must have been a huge Woolworths inside if there are now loads of shops inside. The building sadly is looking very sorry for itself and could do with a lick of paint. Nevertheless, if you are shopping in Dudley, do have a look above the Plaza Mall and see a bit of Woolies architecture.

Dudley Former Woolworths | Plaza Mall 2017

Dudley Former Woolworths | Plaza Mall 2017

Source: Butler P.

And as for the back basement floor entrance of Woolworths and the former Shoppers World of King Street – this is now the back of Plaza Mall and a former Rock Zombie bar, which closed due to violence.

Dudley Back of Former Woolworths Shoppers World - now Plaza Mall 2017

Dudley Back of Former Woolworths / Shoppers World – now Plaza Mall 2017

Source: Google Maps


 

The next store – Southend Store 33 – has already been written about here.