Tag Archives: 2009

Chelmsford – Store 355

40/41 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1DF

Woolworths opened in the Essex town of Chelmsford in 1929. In the late 20s when Woolworths was rapidly expanding, the chain had started to take over old hotels. In Chelmsford they took over the site of the King’s Head Hotel, a building which had been in the High Street since the 15th Century. The building was demolished and the standard single storey Woolworths store was built in its place.

Chelmsford Woolworths 1930s

Chelmsford Woolworths 1930s

Source: Essex Record Office

Chelmsford residents fully embraced the new large store, believing the building improved the overall look of the High Street. You can see it below on the right of the photo, which shows the High Street junction with Springfield Road.

Chelmsford Woolworths 1930s-2

Chelmsford Woolworths 1930s

Source: Essex Record Office

During the World War II, the store was hit. Wooden counters caught fire, but luckily there were staff inside to put the flames out, and the store reopened soon after.

In the 1960s, the store expanded, having obtained 6 units on Springfield Road, so that it became a large L-shaped corner store.

Chelmsford Woolworths 1982/3

Chelmsford Woolworths 1982/3

Source: Flickr, Sarah

Chelmsford Woolworths 1985

Chelmsford Woolworths 1985

Source: Flickr, Sarah

In 1987, there was a conversion to a Focus store and the more familiar fascia we all remember.

Chelmsford Woolworths 1996

Chelmsford Woolworths 1996

Source: Flickr, Sarah

Chelmsford Woolworths closed on Friday 2nd January 2009.

Chelmsford Woolworths 2008

Chelmsford Woolworths 2008

(From my Facebook group)

Chelmsford Woolworths 2008Chelmsford Woolworths 2008 (Springfield Road)

Chelmsford Woolworths 2008 (Springfield Road)

Source: Flickr, Mathews T.

In 2010 Barclays Bank moved to the High Street side. The Entertainer and Lakeland moved into the Springfield Road side.

Chelmsford Barclays 2015

Barclays Bank 2015

Chelmsford Entertainer 2015

Chelmsford Entertainer 2015

Chelmsford Lakeland 2015

Chelmsford Lakeland 2015

Sources: 192.com

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Sutton – Store 1192

71 High Street, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1DT

After Woolworths closed at 148/150 High Street, they moved down the road to 71 High Street.

71 High Street was quite a historical building in Sutton. It was where Sutton’s first department store was located, called Shinner’s Department store, built in 1935.

Shinner's Department Store, Sutton 1935

Shinner’s Department Store, Sutton 1935

Source: K Park Prints and Collectables

Shinner's Department Store, Sutton 1935

Shinner’s Department Store, Sutton 1935

Source: Old UK Photos

In 1979 Shinner’s was taken over by Allders, and they stayed in this building until 1991 when they moved into the new St Nicholas Shopping Centre (and then became Debenhams). Woolworths moved here in 1994, with a new store number 1192. It looks as though the building was rebuilt from the new-looking red brickwork, so perhaps this is why there was a 3-year gap. Woolworths traded here for 14 years until it closed in early January 2009.

Sutton Woolworths 2008

Sutton Woolworths 2008

Source: Featherstone, P.

Waterstones moved in, and it was the first Waterstones to trial their Cafe W concept. Meanwhile, the former Sutton Woolworths store manager teamed up with another store manager to open the toy shop Toy Barnhaus, which is still successfully trading today with 7 branches.

Sutton Waterstones 2015

Sutton Waterstones 2015

Source: Sutton Film Office

Truro – Store 836

13-15 Princes Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2RF

One of the later stores, Woolworths opened during the 1950s in the only city of Cornwall (and place of my birth) – Truro. It was located in quite a prominent area, next to the City Hall, and opposite the Trustee Savings Bank (ie TSB) and a rather important looking statue.

Truro Woolworths 1960

Truro Woolworths 1960

Source: Francis Frith

I couldn’t find much information about the store, apart from the fact it was massive! With its front entrance on Prince’s Street, it stretched the length of a road leading to a back entrance on Back Quay, off Lemon Quay. I would guess from these photos that the Prince’s Street building is something original from before Woolies’ time, and the back entrance on Lemon Quay was built by Woolworths as you can recognise the building style. Here is the front entrance shortly before it closed down.

Truro Woolworths 2008

Truro Woolworths 2008

Source: alamy.com

The store closed down on 5th January 2009. Here’s a pic of me at the back entrance from when I visited a few months later.

Truro Woolworths 2009

On 25th June 2009 it reopened as a Poundland. They temporarily took the whole site, but then found it was too large for their needs, so split it into 2 units – Poundland taking the front and Cotswold Outdoors taking the back. You can also see the TSB bank is now Pizza Express.

Truro Poundland 2009

Truro Poundland 2009

Source: Ballysundriven, Flickr

Truro Cotswold 2011

Truro Cotswold 2011

Source: Soult’s Retail View

Other Cornish stores you may be interested in:
St Ives – Store 863