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Watford – Store 68

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.

Watford Woolworths 1930s

Watford Woolworths 1930s

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.

Watford Woolworths 1964

Watford Woolworths 1964

During a modernisation programme in the 1980s, a new shop was built on the corner of High Street and King Street.

Watford Woolworths 1981

Watford Woolworths 1981

Watford Woolworths 1983

Watford Woolworths 1983

Watford Woolworths 1984 - inside

Watford Woolworths 1984 – inside

Source: Guy, C.

However the store was one of the ones sold when Kingfisher took over, and it closed in the mid-80s.

Watford was without a High Street Woolies for nearly 20 years, until the shop near Clarendon Road opened in 2000.

Information from the Watford Observer
Photos from Watford Museum

So what happened to the building? Well you wouldn’t recognise it but it is now McDonald’s, Waterstones and a TUI Holiday Shop.

Watford Former Woolworths - McDonalds Waterstones TUI

Watford Former Woolworths – McDonalds Waterstones TUI

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Luton – Store 52

46-48 George Street, Luton, Beds LU1 2BA

The 52nd Woolworths store opened in Luton on George Street in 1915, occupying two shop units.

Luton Woolworths 1930s

Luton Woolworths 1930s

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.

Luton Woolworths 1950s

Luton Woolworths 1950s

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.

Luton Woolworths 1978

Luton Woolworths 1978

Source: Luton Memories

In 1995 it became a prototype ‘City’ store, with a new ‘Kitchenshop’ department. The store closed in 2008.

Luton Woolworths 2006

Luton Woolworths 2006

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.

Luton Former Woolworths - Luton Mall McDonalds 2017

Luton Former Woolworths – Luton Mall McDonalds 2017

And as for the Arndale centre store, that is now M&S.

Luton Former Woolworths - M&S 2017

Luton Former Woolworths – M&S 2017

Source: symettrys

Hastings – Store 251

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:

Hastings Woolworths 1950s

Hastings Woolworths 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.

Hastings Woolworths 1982

Hastings Woolworths 1982

Source: Popkin, A

This photo was taken when the underground walkway was being built.

Hastings Woolworths 1988

Hastings Woolworths 1988

Source: gandalfthegrey, Flickr

This is a 1990s photo where you can see the Woolworths fascia has been updated.

Hastings Woolworths 1990s

Hastings Woolworths 1990s

Source: Goldsteinleigh Investments

Hastings Woolworths 2004

Hastings Woolworths 2004

Source: JJ justin, Flickr

A more recent photo here, just before the store closed for good on 2nd January 2009.

Hastings Woolworths 2008

Hastings Woolworths 2008

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.

Hastings Sports Direct 2015

Hastings Sports Direct 2015