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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!

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Whitby – Store 384

51-52 Flowergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3AT

Woolworths opened in the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby in 1930. It was in a interesting location, on a bend on a street called Flowergate. It backed on to St. Ann’s Straith which faced the harbour, and the land was on a hill going down on to the harbour. The architects designed the store in a way so that you couldn’t see the building’s steep incline from street level. The result was a recognisable Woolies frontage that looked a bit stretched.

This is the earliest photo I could find, from the 1980s. This is the Flowergate entrance, looking down the hill.

Whitby Woolworths 1980s

Whitby Woolworths 1980s

Source: Newble A.

And this is the other side of the building, facing the harbour, where you can see the frontage is taller than usual.

Whitby Woolworths 2008

Whitby Woolworths 2008

Source: McCulloch, S.

Here is the harbourside entrance from another angle.

Woolworths Whitby 2008

Woolworths Whitby 2008

Source: Godley, S.

After it closed down in December 2008, it became a Pine Valley store.

Whitby Pine Valley 2009

Whitby Pine Valley 2010

Source: Soult, G.

With the other side on Flowergate becoming The Wilderness Factory Outlet Store.

Whitby The Wilderness 2010

Whitby The Wilderness 2010

Source: Soult, G.

But today the whole building is occupied by Mountain Warehouse, which opened in 2013.

Whitby Mountain Warehouse 2013

Whitby Mountain Warehouse 2013

Source: Le Monde1

St Ives – Store 863

35-37 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HF

Woolworths arrived in the Cornish seaside town of St Ives in the mid-1950s. The building they chose was set in a hill by the harbour, with the front facing the busy shopping area of Fore Street, and the back facing the harbour on Wharf Road.

Here is the front of the store on Fore Street.

St Ives Woolworths 2005

St Ives Woolworths 2005

Source: Flickr, Rutter R

And this is the harbour side on Wharf Road.

St Ives Woolworths 2007

St Ives Woolworths 2007

Source: UKCoastline.com

St Ives Woolworths 2008

St Ives Woolworths 2008

Source: Scaysbrook C

This is 8 days before they closed down.

St Ives Woolworths 2008

St Ives Woolworths 2008

Source: Flickr, textlad

The store closed on 2nd January 2009, becoming a Mountain Warehouse store on Fore Street, and a Pizza Express on Wharf Road.

St Ives Mountain Warehouse 2015

St Ives Mountain Warehouse 2015

Source: geograph

St Ives Pizza Express 2015

St Ives Pizza Express 2015

Source: Lewis Investments

Other Cornish Stores you may be interested in:
Truro – Store 836