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Londonderry – Store 85

28 – 32 Ferryquay Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Woolworths opened in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 1920 at number 32 Ferryquay Street, taking over a Victorian building that was a furniture shop. You can see it on the far right in this photo.

Londonderry-Woolworths-1935

Londonderry Woolworths 1935

Source: Foyle Civic Trust

In this 1955 photo, you can see an Art Deco style facade has been added.

Londonderry Woolworths 1955

Londonderry Woolworths 1955

Source: Foyle Civic Trust

In the 1960s the site was redeveloped to make a purpose-built store, taking over numbers 28 and 30 also. The lettering on the fascia was large, similar to Bromley’s 1960s store.

Londonderry Woolworths 1960s

Londonderry Woolworths 1960s

Source: Pinterest

Woolworths trading from here right until the end in 2008.

Londonderry Woolworths 2008

Londonderry Woolworths 2008

Source: BBC

Today the building is occupied by Poundland.

 

Londonderry Former Woolworths-Poundland

Londonderry Former Woolworths-Poundland

Source: Kenneth Allen

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Streatham – Store 78

148-154 High Road, Streatham, SW16 1DF

Woolworths opened their 78th store in Streatham, South London, in 1918. From the below photo you can see they built their own building amongst the continuous architecture of Streatham High Road, in the 1950s or 60s.

Streatham Woolworths 1960

Streatham Woolworths 1960

Source: Francis Frith

This windows on the top floor were filled in at some time. The store became a general store in the 2000s, and I actually visited this store – I bought some cans of paint to do a makeover to my bedroom. The paint was at the back of the store.

Streatham Woolworths 2008

Streatham Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

The store closed when the company went bust in December 2008, and it became a 99p store, which in turn became Poundland. You can still see the Woolworths architecture above – though I must admit this isn’t one of my favourite styles.

Streatham Former Woolworths - Poundland

Streatham Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: The Local Data Company


The next store has already been written:

Aberdeen – Store 79

Ramsgate – Store 72

12a/14 High Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9AF

Woolworths opened their 72nd store by the Kent seaside on Ramsgate High Street in 1916. Ramsgate store is unique as it is a rare example of an early purpose-built branch that still survives today. New stores were built from 1913 by in-house architects North & Robin, who continued to design Woolworths’ stores until c.1919.

 

Ramsgate Woolworths 1916

Ramsgate Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England Archive

Ramsgate store was was built on the site of the Bull and George Hotel which was badly damaged in WW1 (you can see photos of the hotel and a surviving wall in the stock room here).

The store was later extended to the left – you can see in the above photo where the extension starts, above the ‘OO’ of ‘WOOLWORTH’. It remained the same from the outside, and finally closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Ramsgate Woolworths 2008

Ramsgate Woolworths 2008

Source: Mike’s Photography

After Woolworths closed, the building was taken over by the 99p store, which more recently became Poundland.

Ramsgate 99p Store

Source: Thanetonline

If you are ever visiting Ramsgate, do take a minute to take in some original Woolworths architecture.

Ramsgate Former Woolworths - Poundland

Ramsgate Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Historic England Archive


 

If you are looking for Store 71 and 73, they have already been written:

Store 71 – Sutton
Store 73 – Brighton

Tooting – Store 64

17 – 21 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PJ

Woolworths opened their 64th store in Tooting, South London in 1916. It was in a prominent location on the crossroads of Tooting Broadway. In 1926 Tooting Broadway Underground Station opened opposite the store which made it even more of an ideal location.

Tooting Woolworths 1926

Tooting Woolworths 1926

Source: Wandsworth Borough Photos

The building looks like a typical 1920s Woolworths building, though it appears the left side has been let out to another retailer. In the 1926 photo above, you can just about make out the 3d and 6d text next to F.W.Woolworth. In the below 1950s photos,  you can see the pricing has gone.

Tooting Woolworths 1959

Tooting Woolworths 1959

Source: Wandsworth Borough Photos

The building to the right of Woolworths became a Marks and Spencers store around 1968. They erected a purpose-built superstore, though some say this was looking tired in the noughties. Woolworths closed in January 2009, and the M&S had already closed in 2008.

Tooting Woolworths 2008

Tooting Woolworths 2008

Source: Wikimedia

The Woolworths store became a Poundland for a short period, while next door a brand new Primark store was being built in 2009.

Tooting Former Woolworths - Poundland

Tooting Former Woolworths – Poundland 2009

Source: Getty images

And today the unit is occupied by Wilkos, and you can still see the 1920s Woolies architecture above.

Tooting Former Woolworths - Wilko

Tooting Former Woolworths – Wilko 2012

Source: Ballysundriven

Stroud – Store 63

1 King Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3BU

Woolworths opened in the market town of Stroud in Gloucestershire in 1916 in quite a prominent historical building at number 1 King Street.

Stroud Woolworths 1955

Stroud Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

Stroud Woolworths 1965

Stroud Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

Some time after 1965, I presume in the 1970s, the store was modernised and a third floor added to the building. The lovely old facade was lost though and it became a rather plain blocky building.

Stroud Woolworths 1990s

Stroud Woolworths 1990s

Source: Gloucesteshire Live

Stroud Woolworths 2008

Stroud Woolworths 2008

Source: Flickr – this is actually a video

The store lasted right to the end in December 2008. It became a 99p store which in turn became a Poundland. But look to the ends and you can see the Woolworths tiled pillars, and the entrance has been kept pretty much as it was.

Stroud Former Woolworths - Poundland

Stroud Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Flickr, Bazzadarambler


If you are looking for stores 61 and 62, I have already written about them here:

Store 61 – Stoke Newington
Store 62 – Peterborough

Plymouth – Store 56

66 – 68 New George Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RS

Woolworths originally opened in Plymouth in 1915 at 39 Tavistock Place, in an ordinary street house according to cyber-heritage.co.uk. In 1930 the store was extended and had an Art Deco facade added.

In the Second World War, Plymouth was severely hit and Old Town Street was wiped out by bombing raids night after night. Most shops were destroyed, including Woolworths.

In 1941, six months after being bombed, Woolworths in Plymouth joined other retailers in re-opening in the local market.

Plymouth Woolworths 1940s

Plymouth Woolworths (Temporary Market) 1940s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Woolworths had an outlet in the market for 10 years. Meanwhile a huge superstore replacement was being built and this opened in November 1950.

“Each re-opening attracted a huge queue. The most spectacular was in Plymouth, where the chain had ‘carried on’ in the market for almost ten years after its original store was destroyed in a sustained campaign of bombardment by the Luftwaffe. The replacement was built in New George Street. It opened its doors for the first time on 24 November 1950. The Western Evening Herald reported that the grand opening drew a crowd of over 8,000!” Source: Woolworths Museum

Plymouth Woolworths 1951

Plymouth Woolworths 1951

Source: Woolworths Museum

Plymouth Woolworths 1950s

Plymouth Woolworths 1950s

You can see video footage of the store in the 1950s here:

This store survived right until the end, with a cafe on the first floor (there was a back entrance to it). This photo was taken after the store closed in December 2008.

Plymouth Woolworths 2009

Plymouth Woolworths 2009

Source: ballysundriven

Today the ground floor is occupied by Poundland, and on the right side space has been created to put in an escalator to the first floor for another retailer (vacant at the mo). All in all, good news that you can still see the 1950s frontage and it does look like the windows have been restored.

Plymouth Former Woolworths - Poundland

Plymouth Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Stratton Creber Commercial

As for the original store on Tavistock Place, the Plymouth Social Club is in its place.

Hanley – Store 55

7-9 Upper Market Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST1 1PY

In 1915, World War One did not stop Woolworth expanding and they opened their 55th store on Upper Market Square in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. As with many war-time stores, it had a similar design to Kingston-upon-Thames (Store 43), with an open pediment and a Venetian window.

Hanley Woolworths 1920s

Hanley Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

In 1937 the store had a makeover, and as it was a long-store, the design was Art Deco with a centrepiece at the top.

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Source: ThePoterries.org

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1958

Hanley Woolworths 1958

Hanley Woolworths 1960s

Hanley Woolworths 1960s

Source: Pinterest

In the 1970s the store was modernised along with the conversion to self-service. A typical frontage design was to have long narrow brick sections alternating with aluminium panels. As for the entrance, the display windows were moved to the sides and a panel of doors installed across the centre.

Hanley Woolworths 1970s

Hanley Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

The store survived until the end, and it closed down in December 2008.

Hanley Woolworths 2008

Hanley Woolworths 2008

Source: ThePoterries.org

TJ Hughes took over the building but they went bust.

Hanley Former Woolworths | TJ Hughes

Hanley Former Woolworths | TJ Hughes

Source: ballysundriven

So Poundland came along and that is still occupying the space today.

Hanley Former Woolworths | Poundland

Hanley Former Woolworths | Poundland

Source: Staffordshire Daily Photo

 

 

Huddersfield – Store 51

49-57 New Street, Huddersfield HD1 2BL

Huddersfield Woolworths opened on New Street in 1915. It was expanded in 1934 to include an entrance on Victoria Lane. The upper trading floor retailed funiture and also had a cafeteria.

Huddersfield Woolworths 1955

Huddersfield Woolworths 1955

Source: Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Woolworths 1956

Huddersfield Woolworths 1956

Source: Pinterest

The shop was expanded again in 1964 from two storeys to six.

Huddersfield Woolworths 1980s

Huddersfield Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pictures of England

In the mid-seventies, a Shoppers World floor opened at Huddersfield – this was Woolworths catalogue shop, like the first ever Argos.

Huddersfield Woolworths and Shoppers World 1970s

Huddersfield Woolworths and Shoppers World 1970s

Source: Woolworths Museum

Shoppers World was very successful but the American owners decided to sell as it wasn’t doing too well over there.

In 1980 the store was extended and refurbished at a cost of £750,000. The work included expanding the Victoria Lane entrance by acquiring two small shops next door.

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane Entrance 2006

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane Entrance 2006

Source: Flickr

In 1990, with the introduction of the business rate, Woolworths took the commercial decision to remove the two top floors to reduce their rating liability.  They also split the ground floor into two separate shop units and let them off. Woolworths, as a result traded only on the lower sales floor, which had a ‘frontage’ at the rear of the building onto a pedestrian area. They retained two entrances at front ground floor onto New Street level.

Huddersfield Woolworths New Street 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths New Street 2008

Source: Flickriver

This was the Victoria Lane entrance which used to be the back and is now the front of the store, as it faces the Piazza shopping centre.

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Source: Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Huddersfield Woolworths Victoria Lane 2008

Source: Flickr

The store closed in December 2008 when the chain went bust, and Poundland now occupies the building. Here is the New Street back entrance:

 

Huddersfield Former Woolworths New Street Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths New Street – Poundland 2017

And here is the Victoria Lane front entrance:

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane - Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane – Poundland 2017

You can see how large a Woolworths store it would have been from this photo.

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane - Poundland 2017

Huddersfield Former Woolworths Victoria Lane – Poundland 2017

Source: Acuitus

Shoreditch – Store 982

142/146 Hoxton  Street, London N1 6SH

This is going to be the first of a few ‘short but sweet’ posts, as I find it fascinating that there were so many London Woolworths stores that we see day to day without realising. Here is the Shoreditch store, which opened in 1957. Hoxton Street was severely bombed in the Blitz, so many streets had to be rebuilt. Here it looks as though Woolworths purpose built this one in the late 50s. I don’t know when it closed, possibly in the 1980s. Today it is a Poundland.

Shoreditch Poundland 2017 Former Woolworths

Shoreditch Poundland 2017 – Former Woolworths

Source: LDS

Swansea – Store 14 / 135

Store 14:
239-242 High Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 1PL

The FIRST Welsh store to join the chain, this store opened in 1912 on Castle Street.

Swansea Woolworths 1912

Swansea Woolworths 1912

Source: Woolworths Museum

Swansea Woolworths 1927

Swansea Woolworths 1927

Source: Francis Frith

The store was so successful that they bought out the neighbouring Hotel Cameron premises in 1927 and moved there in 1928. The original premises vanished in a junction improvement scheme.

Swansea Woolworths 1930s

Swansea Woolworths 1930s

Source: Swansea Recalled

The building was demolished down to the first floor after being bombed in the Blitz.

Swansea Woolworths 1940s

Swansea Woolworths 1940s

Source: Swansea Recalled

It was then used up to the first store, without the use of the old upper floor offices which had proved difficult to sub-let in the Great Depression anyway. Here is how it looked in 1949. The Cafeteria signage was the same, but the 3d and 6d lettering was dropped.

Swansea Woolworths 1949

Swansea Woolworths 1949

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Kathryn A Morrison

1n 1958-59, the store was rebuilt in a 60s style, as you can see in the photo below, opening on 16th November 1959. This is the building that Swansea locals will recognise as Argos today. On 28th June 1986 the store closed as part of cost-cutting back in the 1980s, and sold to Argos. Understandable as there was another Woolworths store just 5 minutes walk away from this site.

Swansea Woolworths 1959

Swansea Woolworths 1959

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Kathryn A Morrison

Here is it as Argos today.

Swansea Woolworths-Argos-2017

Swansea Woolworths-Argos-2017

Store 135 :
242-246 Oxford Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 3BA

Meanwhile over at Oxford Street in Swansea, a Woolworths store opened in 1923.

Swansea Woolworths 2008

Swansea Woolworths 2008

I actually can’t find any information at all about this particular store, or how it looked between 1923 and 2008. This building is now Poundland.

Swansea Poundland 2017

Swansea Poundland 2017

If you have any old photos of the Swansea Oxford Street store that you don’t mind sharing, do let me know in the comments.

New Malden – Store 672 / 2019

106-110 High Street, New Malden, Surrey KT3 4EY

Woolworths opened in a small store on New Malden High Street in 1936, then extending in 1939. You can see it below on the right, 3 stores down from Timothy Whites (which is now Boots).

New Malden Woolworths 1955

New Malden Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

In 1964, the store extended into the neighbouring building and was refurbished, modernised and converted to self-service.

New Malden Woolworths 1962

Woolworths New Malden 1964

Source: Pinterest, O’Malley N

New Malden Woolworths 1965

Woolworths New Malden 1965

Source: Francis Frith

There was further modernisation in 1978.

In 2000 the store was converted to a Woolworths General Store format, with a new store number 2019. Two years later it went back to being a normal Woolworths, and was then upgraded to a 10/10 store. It closed down in December 2008.

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Woolworths New Malden 2008

Source: Flickr, Dawson F

The building was then taken over by a discount store who didn’t take the Woolworths fascia down! This photo was taken in 2010:

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Discount Store, New Malden Old Woolworths building, 2010

Source: Flickr, Ballysundriven

And now it is a Poundland.

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Poundland New Malden, 2012

Source: Flickr, Ballysundriven

Crawley – Store 768

6 Grand Parade, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BU

Woolworths opened on the High Street in Crawley on 26th July 1940. It was the last store in the chain to open for another 6 years, due to World War 2. Below you can see it’s the building with the awning and a car parked in front of it. The Woolworth architects had designed an upper balcony and a small turret on the roof.

Crawley Woolworths 1940s

Crawley Woolworths 1940s

Source: Grandma P’s Ramblings

This store closed in 1957 when they moved to the ‘new town’. The building was subsequently occupied by a Halifax branch, and today it is a Wetherspoons pub – The Jubilee Oak. The building has not changed at all.

Crawley Jubilee Oak

The Jubilee Oak – Crawley (former Woolworths)

Source: Tripadvisor

17-19 Queens Square, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1EA

In the 1950s, Crawley was designated as a ‘new town’ by the government due to it’s rapidly expanding population. Woolworths moved from it’s small High St store to Queens Square where it opened as the largest self-service store of the 1950s.

Crawley Woolworths 1957

Crawleys Woolworths 1957

Source: Woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

Here is an extract from the Woolworths Museum:

“In 1957 Woolworth bosses went a step further, opening a much larger self-service store in Crawley New Town. A small store in the High Street was replaced by a much larger branch in nearby Queen’s Square. Executives hoped that a halo effect from the marketing of the new town, which portrayed it as ultra-modern, would help to break down customer resistance to the new format. The store layout included a number of new display ideas, with fully redesigned fixtures and fittings. For the first time gondola islands were used, with shelving from top to bottom, without understocks cupboards at the base. This style of shelving remains the standard for most retailers in the twenty-first century. At the time it was a first and proved quite controversial. Some customers complained that they had to stoop to pick up items on the bottom two shelves, while company bosses worried that the stock cost to fill the Crawley store was almost double the level of a comparable personal-service store. Despite the reservations of some older customers, the overall feedback from the Crawley shoppers was positive. Most liked the layout and thought the store was very up-to-date.”
Source: woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

Now here’s something random. You can buy a 252 piece jigsaw puzzle of the Crawley Woolworths 1950s store front from Amazon here. Shipped from America. Weird!

Crawley Woolworths 1950s

Crawley Woolworths 1950s

Here you can see it in 1971, looking a bit shabby after 14 years.

Crawley Woolworths 1971

Crawley Woolworths 1971

Source: Flickr, JR James Archive

Another random fact, Chico did an instore signing of his single D.I.S.C.O in Crawley Woolworths in August 2006.

Here is the store in 2008, before it closed later that year.

Crawley Woolworths 2008

Crawley Woolworths 2008

Source: CrawleyTV

Today the building is occupied by Poundland. It was planned to demolish the building in 2013 as part of the Queens Square regeneration, but it is staying put and the actual square is being renovated now.

Crawley Poundland 2012

Crawley Poundland 2012

Source: Flickr, Ballysundriven

Weston-super-Mare – Store 81

64 High Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1HX

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare very early on, in 1919. You can see the building before it was a Woolworths in the below photo – in the centre with the roof windows.

Weston-Super-Mare High Street 1901

Weston-super-Mare High Street 1901

Source: Past and Present Publications

Here is a photo of the Woolworths store when it was trading. You can see they did not change the building at all, apart from removing the roof windows. Quite interesting, perhaps they were not allowed to demolish and build in their own style, as they had in other towns. It is a beautiful building, so I’d say this was a good thing. Bhs next door had demolished their building, replacing it with a rather 50s looking building.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2008

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2008

(Photo from my Facebook group)

The store closed for good on 30th December 2008.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Source: White R., Flickr

The following year, Poundland opened, and here it is from when I visited the busy high street this week.

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Eastbourne – Store 172

97-101 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, Sussex

In the 1920s, Woolworth’s headquarters in London would receive nomination letters every day, suggesting a town where the chain should open. One of those towns was Eastbourne, for which the architects created a rather grand design. The store opened in 1924 on Terminus Road.

Eastbourne Woolworths 1924

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1924

Source: Woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

This photo was taken in the 1950s – we can tell by the number plate on the bus. In 1955, a second Woolworths store opened in Eastbourne in the old Regal Cinema building at 143 Seaside (Store 849)  – I’ll cover that store in a separate blog post.

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Source: Godfrey G., Flickr

According to locals on The History of Eastbourne Facebook page, the back doors opened up on to Tideswell Road. There used to be an alley that ran along the left side of the store to this road. In 1980, the Arndale Shopping centre was built behind the shops on Terminus Road, and the back of the Woolworths store was knocked through to the new shopping centre.

Eastbourne Woolworths is not on the 2008 store list, so it closed before the company went into administration.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland at 97-99, and Thomas Cook is at 101.

Eastbourne Poundland 2011

Eastbourne Poundland and Thomas Cook, Terminus Road, 2011

Source: Fawcett Mead

Chippenham – Store 493

24-25 High Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3ET

Woolworths opened on Chippenham High Street in April 1933.

Chippenham Woolworths 1930s

Chippenham Woolworths 1930s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

The store was modernised in 1957/58.

Chippenham Woolworths 1952

Chippenham Woolworths 1952

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Then in 1974, the store was converted to self-service, with further modernisation the following year. In 1977 a Garden Centre was added as an annex. This was when the recognisable single floor frontage was replaced with a smooth 2-floor frontage which you can see below.

Chippenham Woolworths 1970s

Chippenham Woolworths 1970s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Chippenham Woolworths was an Early Operation Focus comparison store, having a full refurbishment in 1986. In 1990, the Garden Centre annex  was closed and put up for sale. During the 1990s the store was used for concept development, pioneering the Heartland store format (which included reopening the Garden Centre as a salesfloor extension, giving space to reintroduce petcare, a limited range of toiletries and video rental). The store appeared in Analysts video in 1995 to illustrate how the business had changed and managed to generate £100m profit in a single year. Heartland elements were progressively dropped and the store narrowly escaped selection as a Woolworths General Store – instead it was upgraded to the latest 10/10 specification after demerger. (Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk)

Chippenham Woolworths 2008

Chippenham Woolworths 2008

Source: Wright J.

2008 photo from my Facebook group:

Chippenham Woolworths 2008

Chippenham Woolworths 2008

The store closed in January 2009. I took this photo when I visited Chippenham in April 2009:

Chippenham Woolworths 2009

Chippenham Woolworths 2009

Today the unit has been split into two stores – Poundland and Costa Coffee.

Poundland and Costa Coffee, Chippenham 2013

Poundland and Costa Coffee, Chippenham 2013

Source: ballysundriven, Flickr

Penzance – Store 651

106-108 Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2LA

Woolworths came to Penzance in April 1936, opening on Market Jew Street. The store was extended in 1938. Below is a 1955 photo – Woolworths in the centre on the right hand side, with the triangle feature on the roof.

Penzance Woolworths 1955

Penzance Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

In 1972, the store was modernised, refurbished and converted to self-service, and then in 1986 there was an upgrade to the Comparison Store format.

Penzance Woolworths 1980s

Penzance Woolworths 1980s

Source: Hearson M, Flickr

There was a further refurb in 1993. Below is a photo in 2007, a year before they closed down.

Penzance Woolworths 2007

Penzance Woolworths 2007

Source: Burford R, Flickr

They closed for good on 27th December 2008. Here is when the letters were took off just before the annual Mazey Day celebrations.

Penzance Woolworths 2009

Penzance Woolworths 2009

Source: Hughs, R

In July 2009, a Poundland (surprise, surprise!) opened in this building. Here it is:

Penzance Poundland

Penzance Poundland

Source: Ballysundriven, Flickr

Dates source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Basingstoke – Store 107

5 – 7 London Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7AB

Woolworths originally opened at 5 London Street in Basingstoke Old Town on 19th November 1921, taking over the premises of William Cannon, the butchers. They extended in 1935 into part of the drapery shop of J Boyer next door, making a larger store.

Basingstoke Woolworths 1950

Basingstoke Woolworths 1950

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In Febraury 1959 the store was extended and modernised further. Below is how the new store looked.

Basingstoke Woolworths 1966

Basingstoke Woolworths 1966

Source: R L Brown, Sense of Place South East

1/13 Chiswick House, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7LD

On 23rd October 1970 they relocated to Basingstoke’s new shopping centre, opening a HUGE new self-service store, with a restaurant, in a 3-storey building called Chiswick House. The Post Office moved into the empty London Street store. From this photo it looks as though it was all an indoor shopping centre, but today that ceiling has been opened up.

Basingstoke Woolworths 1970

Basingstoke Woolworths 1970

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

The move to self-service was a big deal in the 70s. On February 1971 they celebrated “D” Day – when half of all Woolworths stores had moved to self-service and decimalisation. Here is the cash wrap desk upstairs in the Clothing department at Basingstoke.

Basingstoke Clothing Tills 1971

Basingstoke Clothing Tills 1971

Source: Woolworths Museum

1993 the store was cut to half its size, and other stores opened up in Chiswick House. Today Poundland, Vision Express and Specsavers trade from that side.

In the 2000s it was one of the stores chosen to be a 10/10 store, still trading with a cafe, until it’s closure in December 2008.

Basingstoke Woolworths 2008

Basingstoke Woolworths 2008

Source: Talbot, C

TODAY:

The Post Office is still trading from the London Street location.

Basingstoke Post Office

Basingstoke Post Office

And the Chiswick House Woolies has been split into 2 units. Greggs and a clothes store called Internacionale (I think) trade from there. Apologies for the grainy image, I actually took a photo of the wrong store (Poundland!), so have had to screenshot this off my vlog.

Chiswick House, Basingstoke 2015

Chiswick House, Basingstoke 2015

Other sources: Basingstoke Gazette

Other Hampshire Woolworths you may be interested in:
Portsmouth – Store 35Southsea – Store 50

Truro – Store 836

13-15 Princes Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2RF

One of the later stores, Woolworths opened during the 1950s in the only city of Cornwall (and place of my birth) – Truro. It was located in quite a prominent area, next to the City Hall, and opposite the Trustee Savings Bank (ie TSB) and a rather important looking statue.

Truro Woolworths 1960

Truro Woolworths 1960

Source: Francis Frith

I couldn’t find much information about the store, apart from the fact it was massive! With its front entrance on Prince’s Street, it stretched the length of a road leading to a back entrance on Back Quay, off Lemon Quay. I would guess from these photos that the Prince’s Street building is something original from before Woolies’ time, and the back entrance on Lemon Quay was built by Woolworths as you can recognise the building style. Here is the front entrance shortly before it closed down.

Truro Woolworths 2008

Truro Woolworths 2008

Source: alamy.com

The store closed down on 5th January 2009. Here’s a pic of me at the back entrance from when I visited a few months later.

Truro Woolworths 2009

On 25th June 2009 it reopened as a Poundland. They temporarily took the whole site, but then found it was too large for their needs, so split it into 2 units – Poundland taking the front and Cotswold Outdoors taking the back. You can also see the TSB bank is now Pizza Express.

Truro Poundland 2009

Truro Poundland 2009

Source: Ballysundriven, Flickr

Truro Cotswold 2011

Truro Cotswold 2011

Source: Soult’s Retail View

Other Cornish stores you may be interested in:
St Ives – Store 863

Birmingham Pallasades – Store 1172

1- 2 East Mews, The Pallasades, Birmingham B2 4XA

This store opened in the Pallasades Shopping Centre on 31st October 1991. It was the first time Woolworths had returned to Birmingham City Centre after the closure of the Bull Ring and New Street branches back in the 1980s. This photo is from my Facebook group, showing a great window display.

Birmingham Pallasades Woolworths 2008

Birmingham Pallasades Woolworths 2008

Here is the store just before it closed in December 2008.

Birmingham Pallasades Woolworths 2008

Birmingham Pallasades Woolworths 2008

Source: John M

Poundland traded from this spot for a few years, but it has now closed down as the whole shopping centre is being redeveloped into the shiny new ‘Grand Central Birmingham’.

Birmingham Pallasades Poundland 2014

Birmingham Pallasades Poundland 2014

Source: Soult, Graham

I wasn’t joking about it being shiny. Here is an artist’s impression of the development, which is due to open in September 2015:

Birmingham Grand Central Artist's Impression

Birmingham Grand Central Artist’s Impression

Source: New Street : New Start

Birmingham Grand Central Artist's Impression

Birmingham Grand Central Artist’s Impression

Source: The Midlands in Business

All pretty exciting, I may have to pay Birmingham a visit in September!

Nottingham Listergate – Store 36

22 – 26 and 34 – 38 Listergate, Nottingham NG1 7DG

Over 100 years ago in August 1914, Woolworths opened their first Nottingham store in historic Listergate. It possibly started off small, as between 1936-1937 F.W.Woolworth architects designed the most large-scale Art Deco front, extending the store to 22-26 Listergate. You can see how large it was in the below 1950s postcard.

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1950s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1950s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In the 1960s, Woolworths extended into 34-38 Listergate, so there was a link from 22-26 on the ground floor through to 34-38. It was one giant store split in two. There was an enormous cafeteria that would seat approximately 500 people –  some say the cafe was larger than some shops on the high street! Here is what the new half looked like.

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1972

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1972

Source: Roberts, George L – Picture the Past

1972 was when the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre was being built. Below is a photo showing this, and you can see the two halves of the Woolworths in the background.

Nottingham Woolworths 1973

Nottingham Woolworths 1973

Source: Nottinghamshire County Council

In the mid-70s, the fascias were updated to the new red ‘Woolworth’ and logo.

Nottingham Woolworths 1980s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1970s

Source: Baker, Reg – Picture the Past

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1980s

Nottingham Listergate Woolworths 1970s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In 1984 Kingfisher sold the store, as they were getting rid of large stores to get more capital. The Listergate stores were sold to Boots. By this time there were many other Woolworths branches scattered across Nottingham, and they reopened in the town centre in 1991 in the new Victoria Centre.

Today, 22-26 Listergate is occupied by M&S, and 34-38 Listergate is occupied by Poundland, Optical Express and WHSmith. Here they are, both buildings looking remarkably as they did in their heyday, with the Art Deco front still looking as elegant and grand on the M&S store.

Nottingham M&S 2015

Nottingham M&S 2015

Source: Soult, Graham

Nottingham 34 Listergate

Nottingham 34 Listergate – 2014

Source: HRH