114 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2AB
Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth in 1923 on Regent Road. It was located opposite the Regal Cinema, and it had the Luciana Billiards Hall on the upper floor.
Source: Francis Frith
Source: Our Great Yarmouth
Woolworths moved from this site in 1959 to bigger premises on Market Place, and today you will find KFC and McDonalds in the old Regent Road building. If you look above, you will see the original architecture, and it looks like Lloyds Pharmacy is where the entrance to the billiards hall would have been.
Great Yarmouth Former Woolworths – KFC
23 – 24 Market Place, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1LZ
In 1959 Woolworths moved to this purpose-built building, with its recognisable 50s style and pale blue panels. Here are some photos from across the decades.
Source: Historic England
Source: Historic England
Source: Evans K.
The store closed in January 2009, and today you will find Poundland located here.
36 – 40 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8 2JR
Woolworths originally opened on Kingsland High Street in Dalston in 1921 at numbers 64 – 66. They traded here until the late 1960s (see below on the right).
Source: Hackney Council
This is now a Poundland and vape shop.
In the late 1960s, Woolworths moved along the road to numbers 36-40, directly opposite the train station. The building was a former theatrical store, but this was demolished to create a purpose-built Woolworths store. Although there are no photos of the store, you can recognised the style from this photo of the building today. Closing date is unknown, I am guessing the 1980s but I could be wrong. Today you will find a Hair & Cosmetics shop and a McDonalds.
Source: Loving Dalston
118 – 128 High Street, Watford, Herts WD1 2BH
Woolworths first came to Watford during World War One, when the fish and poultry shop owned by AE Smith at 124 High Street was replaced by “FW Woolworth and Co, bazaar” in 1916.
Over the years, the store expanded by taking over adjacent shops, and carried the “3d and 5d Stores” sign.
By the mid-1960s, the store had extended to the corner of King Street.
During a modernisation programme in the 1980s, a new shop was built on the corner of High Street and King Street.
Source: Guy, C.
However the store closed on 20th January 1990.
Watford was without a High Street Woolies for a decade, until the shop near Clarendon Road opened in 2000.
So what happened to the building? Well you wouldn’t recognise it but it is now McDonald’s, Waterstones and a TUI Holiday Shop.
46-48 George Street, Luton, Beds LU1 2BA
The 52nd Woolworths store opened in Luton on George Street in 1915, occupying two shop units.
Source: Postcard from eBay
On 17th June 1933, the store reopened after a rebuild. The design was quite a chaste Art Deco one with a hint of ornamentation.
Source: Woolworths Museum
In 1972 the Luton Arndale shopping centre opened, and Woolworths moved in, leaving the building on George Street. This is the exterior view of the shopping centre in the 70s.
Source: Luton Memories
In 1995 it became a prototype ‘City’ store, with a new ‘Kitchenshop’ department. The store closed in 2008.
Today the George Street building still exists – you can see the Art Deco beauty as it is now occupied by ‘Luton Mall’ – 10 units including McDonalds.
And as for the Arndale centre store, that is now M&S.
1-7 Wellington Place, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1NY
In July 1926, Woolworths bought the block of 2-6 Wellington Place and 15-20 Pelham. The buildings were demolished, and in their place a large ‘3 penny and 6 penny’ store was built (Source: Hastings Chronicle). This is how the store looked in the 1950s:
Source: Hastings & St Leonards Forum
Below is a photo of the store in 1982, where you can see there has been a major makeover – I am guessing this took place in the 1960s.
Source: Popkin, A
This photo was taken when the underground walkway was being built.
Source: gandalfthegrey, Flickr
This is a 1990s photo where you can see the Woolworths fascia has been updated.
Source: Goldsteinleigh Investments
Source: JJ justin, Flickr
A more recent photo here, just before the store closed for good on 2nd January 2009.
Source: Snapper Jude, Flickr
It soon became a Sports Direct – here’s a photo we took last week whilst on holiday in Hastings. It’s a large, prominent store – you can’t miss it. They have painted the blue tiles grey, but apart from that is looks exactly as it did as a Woolworths. And even the 4 little roof windows are recognisable from the earlier 1950s photo – a real piece of history.