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Dublin, Grafton Street – Store 31

65-68 Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland

Store 31 was the first ever Irish store, opening in Grafton Street, Dublin, on 23rd April 1914. It was on a corner site in fine Edwardian red brick buildings, seen on the left of this postcard.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1914

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

Opening in Ireland had its obstacles. The IRA formed in 1919 to bring about independence, there was violence and antipathy against any retailer selling non-Irish products and there were boycotting campaigns. Woolworths became increasingly reliant on Irish suppliers to fill their counters here.

This is a photo from the store’s 25th anniversary in 1939.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1939

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1939

Source: Woolworths Museum

In the 1960s it still had it’s unique look, but soon after it was replaced by the standard house style, with all three Edwardian buildings sadly being demolished.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1960s

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1960s

Source: Ireland Then and Now

The store closed in 1984 when Woolworths decided to leave Ireland. The building was split in two – one half was HMV, the other half Next.

Dublin Grafton Street Former Woolworths | HMV, Next

Dublin Grafton Street Former Woolworths | HMV, Next 2014

Source: Nialler

Today the building shared by Massimo Dutti and Boss – you can see the 60s architecture with it’s triangular windows when you look up. And if you look next door at Monsoon, you can see how the original Edwardian building would have looked.


 

If you are looking for Store 30, Edgware Road, it has already been written about – you can read all about that store here.

 

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Preston – Store 2

30-31 Fishergate, Preston PR1 3PU

Woolworths’ second UK store opened in Preston, 35 miles north of Liverpool, on 5th February 1910. It was chosen because it was a market town with fine buildings and affluent factory workers. Originally the store was on the junction of Guildhall Street until 1922. It was in a prominent position at the top of Fishergate, facing the cotton town’s elegant town hall.

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1910
Preston Fishergate Woolworths, 1910

Source: Woolworths Museum

In the below postcard from 1901, you can see the store that Woolworths took over – the one with the hanging lanterns. Today the building does not exist. A plain-looking building housing Mountain Warehouse and HMV is in its place (have a look at the photo at the end of this post).

Preston Fishergate pre-Woolworths 1901

Preston Fishergate pre-Woolworths 1901

Source: Blog Preston

The long queues started to annoy local councillors trying to get to work, so after a number of court battles, in 1922 a larger store was built a few doors down, with a classic Art Deco style frontage. As the store was long and narrow, it was given a strong centrepiece at the top.

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1959

Preston Fishergate Woolworths, 1959

Source: Woolworths Museum

See how busy the store was in this 1960s photo.

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1963

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1963

1970s

Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1972

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1972

Source: Blog Preston

1980s

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1984

Preston Fishergate Woolworths 1984

Source: Preston Historical Society

In the mid-eighties, the store was trialed as a Weekend store. The inside was divided into areas, colour-coded in pastel shades. There were circular ‘cash and wrap’ points. There was a V-shaped lobby, and the door and window-frames were coloured peppermint blue (Source: Woolworth’s 100 years on the High Street, Morrison K.) You can see below the thin blue ‘Weekend’ strip inderneath Woolworths and how the doors go in diagonally to make the V-shaped lobby.

Preston Fishergate Woolworths Weekend Store 1986

Preston Fishergate Woolworths Weekend Store, 1986

Source: Preston Historical Society

The ‘Weekend’ name was dropped quite soon after, but the V-shaped lobby and peppermint blue window and door frames stayed for over 20 years, until the end in 2008.

Woolworths Fishergate Preston 2008

Woolworths Fishergate Preston 2008

Source: Thompson, G.

Today Next has taken over the building and the beautiful Art Deco facade remains. You can see a few shops along are HMV and Mountain Warehouse, where the original Fishergate store was.

Preston Fishergate Next (former Woolworths) 2012

Preston Fishergate Next (former Woolworths) 2012

Source: Thompson, G.

Next time you are shopping along Fishergate in Preston, look up if you go into Next and take in the wonder of Woolworths past!

Bexleyheath – Store 390 / 1226

93/105 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7JN

Woolworths originally opened in Bexleyheath at 93 The Broadway in 1930. This is a photo of the Broadway in 1935, the Woolworth store is possibly one of these buildings.

Bexleyheath Broadway 1935

Bexleyheath Broadway 1935

Source: Idealhomes.org.uk

In 1984 the Broadway Shopping Centre was built. The whole parade of shops on the Broadway was demolished and Woolworths moved into the centre, with a very large store with an entrance facing the Broadway at no. 77 (which is Argos today) and an entrance facing the inside of the shopping centre.

Argos Bexleyheath 2014

Argos Bexleyheath 2014 (was Woolworths)

Source: Local Data Company

1n 1990 the store was cut in half.  The half they gave up was split into 3 units – one became Miss Selfridge, then HMV and then Select, the second unit became Superdrug, and the third became Argos. Woolworths traded as a smaller store from the other half.

In 2000 Woolworths relocated across the shopping centre into the old Safeway unit, which was funnily enough back at 93 The Broadway. It had a new store number – 1226.

Woolworths Bexleyheath 2008

Woolworths Bexleyheath 2008

Source: Chase, J., Museum of London

The store traded from here until it closed for good in 2008.

Bexleyheath Woolworths 2009

Bexleyheath Woolworths 2009

Source: Flickr

Now the building is occupied by New Look inside the shopping centre and H&M from the Broadway side.

H&M Bexleyheath 2014

H&M Bexleyheath 2014

Source: Flickr