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Liverpool London Road – Store 3

93 London Road, Liverpool L3 8JD

The third Woolworths store to open in the UK was also in Liverpool, on London Road, just two miles away from the first store in Church Street. The building was offered at a low lease from Owen Owen (remember that department store!), whose owner was impressed by the product offerings in the Church Street store. It actually opened one day before Store 2 (there was a race between the stores as to which would be ready first), and they opened on 4th February 1910.

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1910

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1910

Source: Woolworths Museum

London Road was a distinct shopping area that attracted a fashionable clientele as well as students and academics, according to the Woolworths Musuem. But it was also reported that “on its first day the London Road store was mobbed by ‘shawlies’ – a name given to working-class Liverpool women who were usually elderly and of scruffy appearance – assistants fainted, counters were pushed around and many customers left having failed to pay for their purchases.” (Source: BBC Liverpool)

Liverpool London Road Woolworths Valentines Window Display 1937

Liverpool London Road Woolworths | Valentines Window Display | 1937

Source: National Museums Liverpool

From the caption in the below photo, it seems as though the original building may have been demolished, or they erected a new purpose-built store further along London Road, in 1962.

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1962

Liverpool London Road Woolworths 1962

Source: Getty Images

The store closed down, possibly another one of the casualties of the 1980s closures. The building was an amusement arcade for a while – though they kept the back of the Woolworths store windows, doors and mosaic floor. This photo was taken in 2009.

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2009

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2009

Source: Mayer, P.

It’s all gone now, not a trace left, as a Tesco Express now takes the place of 91-93 London Road, Liverpool.

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2015

Former Woolworths Liverpool London Road 2015

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Bognor Regis – Store 344

18-20 London Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1QA

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Bognor Regis in 1928. I have found an undated postcard below of London Road and it looks as though the tall building in the centre, left side, is the F.W.Woolworth store.

Bognor Regis Woolworths London Road

Bognor Regis Woolworths London Road – Undated

Source: Gravelroots

The store had a 1950s makeover, but then in 1974 the store was set on fire when there was an IRA bomb. Woolworths would not be beaten and just 65 hours later the store reopened.

Bognor Regis Woolworths 1974 fire

Bognor Regis Woolworths 1974 fire

Source: Bognor Regis Museum

There’s not much info on the store, apart from its closure in December 2008.

Bognor Regis Woolworths 2009

Bognor Regis Woolworths 2009

Source: Flickr, Mark

Wilkos now occupy the building, and you can clearly recognise it as the upper facade is exactly the same – a bit of Woolies architecture still on the London Road.

Wilko Bognor Regis 2010

Wilko Bognor Regis 2010

Source: Flickr, ballysundriven

Brighton London Road – Store 288

27/31 London Road, Brighton, Sussex BN1 4LE

Woolworths opened their second store in Brighton on 29th October 1927 at 1-2 London Road, on the corner of Cheapside. This branch was nearer to the two railway stations, whereas Store 73 was closer to the seafront.

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1930s

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1930s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

On 8th June 1934, the store was extended, it looks like into the roof, and possibly to the rear.

Brighton Woolworths,  London Road 1950s

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 1950s

Source: Brighton and Hove City Council

In 1965 Woolworths left the premises at 1-2 London Road. Sainsbury’s, who were next door at No.3, took it over to become a larger self-service supermarket at 1-4. What I find interesting it that with all the alterations, they kept the 3 little roof windows in the style of the original Woolworths store. They traded here until 28th February 2007.

Brighton Sainsbury's, London Road 2007

Brighton Sainsbury’s, London Road 2007

Source: Pipes, Alan (Fred)

More recently Aldi started trading from here, from 19th March 2009.

Aldi Brighton, London Road 2009

Aldi Brighton, London Road 2009

Source: Pipes, Alan (Fred)

In 1965 Woolworths relocated up the road to 27-31, a larger Art Deco building (a former department store called Roslings) with 3 floors. From the below photo it looks as though Woolworths bought the shop next door as well as Roslings, and then recreated the Art Deco front on the other side.

Brighton Roslings, London Road 1960

Brighton Roslings, London Road 1960

Woolworths traded at 27 -31 from 28th May 1965. In the basement they sold haberdashery, paint, gardening, household, DIY and toys. The ground floor sold food, soap powder, confectionery, records, butchery and deli produce and there was a long tea bar at the back of the store. Upstairs was the staff canteen with separate seating area for men and women. Some workers say there was a lady ghost wearing the uniform of Roslings. (Source: Clarkson, Paul – Working at Woolworths in the 1970s)

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 2007

Brighton Woolworths, London Road 2007

Source: Mould, Tony

The store was re-modernised in the 1980s, and then there was an arson fire in the basement in 1987 – so they had to close temporarily. The basement was never reopened, with the stairs covered up with a large display.

Woolworths London Road closed on 30th December 2008. 99p Stores took over the premises and opened nearly a year later on 19th November 2009. Here it is – would look really good if they re-painted the Art Deco front, it is looking rather grubby!

Brighton LR 99p 2014

Source: Ballysundriven