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.
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.
Source: McCulloch, S.
Here is the harbourside entrance from another angle.
Source: Godley, S.
After it closed down in December 2008, it became a Pine Valley store.
Source: Soult, G.
With the other side on Flowergate becoming The Wilderness Factory Outlet Store.
Source: Soult, G.
But today the whole building is occupied by Mountain Warehouse, which opened in 2013.
Source: Le Monde1
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.
Source: Flickr, Rutter R
And this is the harbour side on Wharf Road.
Source: Scaysbrook C
This is 8 days before they closed down.
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.
Source: Lewis Investments
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