Tag Archives: Woolworths

Douglas, Isle of Man – Store 158

32 – 36 Strand Street, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2EG

Woolworths opened in the capital of the Isle of Man – Douglas – in 1924. 10 years later, the store was extended and had an Art Deco makeover with a facade made of stone.

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

I found this memory from 1946 online:

“At the Woolworth’s store in Douglas, Isle of Man, I can remember being lifted up to see the button counter and choosing buttons for a dress my mother was making for me. It was 1946 and I was four years old at the time. I think I asked to see the buttons every time we went there. I vividly remember the bright colours” Ruth Wyllie – Extract from The Wonder of Woolies: Memories from both sides of the counter by Derek Phillips

The store had a basement, a ground floor and 2 upper floors. Former store manager Peter Taylor remembers it being a great place to work with a great team.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

This was how the store looked inside on the last day of trading. It closed in December 2008.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Source: Hoare R.

Today you will find Dealz in the building – this is Poundland for the Isle of Man, but as everything is priced at £1.20, they had to give the store a different name. The Art Deco facade is still there, so take a look at this grand building if you are ever in Douglas.

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths - Dealz

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths – Dealz

Source: Lindley Mortimer

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Grantham – Store 157

8 Market Place, Grantham NG31 6LJ

Woolworths opened in Grantham in 1924, originally on Market Place – this photo shows all the men who helped build the store.

Grantham Woolworths 1924

Grantham Woolworths 1924

Source: Longland, M.

Woolworths traded from Market Place for just over 30 years before moving to bigger premises (see on the left of this 1950s photo).

Grantham Woolworths 1955

Grantham Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

This building is occupied by the Gravity Bar today.

Grantham Former Woolworths - Gravity Bar

Grantham Former Woolworths – Gravity Bar

Source: Lincolnshire Reporter

If you take a closer look at the fascia of Gravity, you will see surviving Woolworths Lion Head consoles, with the W erased.

Grantham Former Woolworths Lion Head - Gravity Bar

Grantham Former Woolworths Lion Head – Gravity Bar

Source: Building Our Past

46 High Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire

In 1957 Woolworths moved to the High Street, and three shops – Dewhurst butchers, the Grantham Journal and O’Brien’s Cycle Shop – were demolished to make way for the new store. The Grantham Journal was incorporated into the new building. The newspaper had been on this site since 1868.

Grantham Woolworths 1950s-60s

Grantham Woolworths 1950s-60s

In the 1990s Grantham was a pilot Heartland store. Heartland stores were a formula for market towns including “the Kitchen shop, improved displays of Toys and Kidswear, as well as new third-party ranges that could be delivered quickly and cheaply. Video rental brought a new dimension, complete with the obligatory chute at the back of the stores to return tapes out of hours. The stores also offered a dry cleaning service. New products included Petcare, an extended offer of home cleaning products, and a welcome return for a limited range of toiletries after a year-long absence, as well as Newspapers and Magazines.” (Extract from Woolworths Museum)

Former assistant store manager Matt Fox has fond memories of the store, it had a key place on Grantham High Street.

Grantham Woolworths 2008

Grantham Woolworths 2008

The store closed in December 2008 and today you will find B&M Bargains in its place.

Grantham Former Woolworths - B&M

Lincoln – Store 156

301 High Street, Lincoln 

In 1924 Woolworths opened on the High Street in the historic City of Lincoln.

Lincoln Woolworths 1924

Lincoln Woolworths 1924

Source: Woolworths Museum

In the 1930s, the store had was extended and the property team had to adapt their standard store styling to secure permission to build. The store facade was timbered in Old England style, similar to the Kingston store.

Lincoln Woolworths 1950s

Lincoln Woolworths 1950s

The location was a prominent one, being close to the Lincoln Stonebow (The Stonebow is the south gate of the City, dating from the late 15th Century to early 16th Century).

Lincoln Woolworths 1955

Lincoln Woolworths 1955

Lincoln Woolworths 1965

Lincoln Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

The store closed in September 1989 as the land became part of the Waterside Shopping Centre developement. Below is how the former Woolworths side looks today.

Lincoln Former Woolworths - Waterside Shopping Centre

Lincoln Former Woolworths – Waterside Shopping Centre

A new Woolworths store opened inside the Waterside Shopping Centre at Unit 30 – presumably when the shopping centre opened. in March 1992. The new store number was 1171.

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre - Store 1171)

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre – Store 1171)

Source: Lincolnshire Live

Former employee Matt Fox has great memories of working in this store, especially at Christmas time with the store being shoulder to shoulder with the Lincoln market. The location of the store was in the centre of the shopping centre.

They traded here for about a decade and then closed a few years prior to the chain going bust.

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre - Store 1171)

Lincoln Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre – Store 1171)

Source: Hitchborne D.

Primark took on the unit where it still is today.

Lincoln Former Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre) - Primark

Lincoln Former Woolworths (Waterside Shopping Centre) – Primark

 

Sutton Coldfield – Store 155

97 The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

The 155th Woolworths store opened in the royal town of Sutton Coldfield (made royal by Henry VIII in 1528). It opened on The Parade on the former site of a cinema. It must have done well, as a zebra crossing was put in front of the store – I am guessing there would have been high footfall at this location.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 1960s

Source: www.sutton-coldfield.net

68-74 Parade, Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1PR

In the 1960s Woolworths moved across the road from number 97 to a much larger site at numbers 68-74. In 1974 the Gracechurch Centre was opened and Woolworths backed into this shopping centre, with a second entrance. It was an extremely large store on multiple floors that included a cafe.

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

Sutton Coldfield Woolworths 2008

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008 and it lay empty for 18 months, probably due to it’s size and the fact that most major brands were already present in Sutton Coldfield. In the end H&M moved from inside the shopping centre to this building, as well as the Card Factory to the left.

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths - Card Factory and H&M

Sutton Coldfield Former Woolworths – Card Factory and H&M

Gateshead – Store 154

232 – 242 High Street, Gateshead, Co Durham NE8 1DL

In 1923 Woolworths opened on Gateshead High Street, on the site of the Queen’s Theatre that was fire damaged the previous year in 1922.

Sadly there are no photos of this Woolworths store when it was open, but from this photo it seems there was a 1950s makeover. And the facade to the right looks like it would have been a Burtons in the early days.

Former store manager Lee Pearson has fond memories of the store and the team, and took it through a 5/5 refit in the 2000s. He also remembers there being an Index catalogue shop next door.

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

After 2 years of the store laying empty, Poundland opened there in September 2010. But this branch only stayed there until 2014, when they moved to Trinity Square.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Poundland

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Soult G

Today the Newbridge Studios have taken over the building, so it is a gallery and an artist’s studio – quite different from what usually happens to former Woolworths building. And if you look up, you can seen the Woolies architecture is still in place.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Newbridge Studios

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Newbridge Studios

Bargoed – Store 153

5 – 6 High Street, Bargoed, Glam CF8 8YJ

Woolworths opened in the Welsh town of Bargoed in 1923. The High Street is on a hill, so although from the front it looks as though it was a single storey store, it did in fact have two lower floors, and there is an upper floor peeking behind the frontage. I’m guessing this was a 1950s/60s building from the rectangular look.

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008. The building lay empty for a few years, and then in 2011 The Original Factory Shop moved into the upper floor. The lower floors were converted into council offices.

Bargoed Former Woolworths - The Original Factory Shop

Bargoed Former Woolworths – The Original Factory Shop

Sadly it has recently been announced this July 2018 that The Original Factory Store would be closing many of their branches due to poor trading, so this building will be empty again.

Birkenhead – Store 152

220a Grange Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire L41 6EQ

Woolworths opened in Birkenhead in 1923. Although there are no early photos online, you can tell from this photo that this facade probably dates from the 1930s with it’s Art Deco design.

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Source: Tiger

It was a store where there were reportings of ghosts being seen in the basement, where there was a crypt. Spooky.

This photo shows the inside of the store on the closing day.

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Source: Wooley J.

And this is the last staff photograph. Thank you to Julie for sharing these.

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Source: Wooley J.

Primark was already next door. When Woolworths closed in December 2008, they extended into this space creating a mega superstore Primark. They covered up the windows on the upper floors too – it looks like they have been painted over.

Birkenhead Former Woolworths - Primark

Birkenhead Former Woolworths – Primark

Source: Mayer P

Still, next time you are shopping at Primark in Birkenhead, take a look up and admire the Woolies Art Deco facade (minus windows!).

Exeter – Store 151

190/191 High Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

Woolworths first opened in Exeter on 1st December 1923 on Fore Street, in former tobacconist building H C Lloyd & Son Ltd.

In 1934 they moved on to the High Street, purchasing 190 and 191, which were Garton & King and Pinder & Tuckwell. The two buildings were put together with an impressive Monks Park Stonework facade, installed by the Bath and Portland Stone Firms Ltd, which you can see below.

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Source: Exeter Memories

In 1976 they moved out of this building into the then new shopping centre. Today this building is occupied by McDonalds and MenKind.

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Source: Exeter Express and Echo

Unit 100, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

The new Guildhall Shopping Centre was built in the 1970s, and Woolworths moved into a 2-storey unit in 1976. Their site was on the North Street side, with entrances on Waterbeer Street and Trickhay Street. There was a cafe on the top floor, with a third entrance/exit which led to the first floor of the shopping centre.

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Source: Exeter Memories

The store closed in December 2008. Soon afterwards, Wilko took over the building, where it is still trading today. This is a view from inside the shopping centre.

Exeter Wilko 2015

Exeter Wilko 2015

Source: 192.com

 

Kilburn – Store 150

100-104 High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 4HX

The 150th Woolworths store to open was Kilburn in North London, in 1923. I can’t find any photos of the exterior from the early days, but there is this one of the inside from the 1930s, showing a spectacular spring bulbs display.

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1932

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1932

Source: Flashbak

This photo shows the inside in the 1960s, a very busy store showing the Woolworths girls each in charge of their counters.

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1960s

Kilburn Woolworths (inside) 1960s

Source: Museum of London

Kilburn Woolworths traded from the High Road all the way to the end, and apparently had wooden floors for the longest time out of all the Woolworths stores. It finally closed in December 2008.

Kilburn Woolworths 2008

Kilburn Woolworths 2008

Source: Oxyman

Today you will find Iceland in its place.

Kilburn Former Woolworths - Iceland

Kilburn Former Woolworths – Iceland

Source: Flickr

Pen-Y-Graig – Store 149

48 Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig, Rhondda, Glam.

Woolworths opened in the Welsh village of Penygraig (or Pen-Y-Graig) in 1923. It does look like Pen-Y-Craig with a C on the 1972 store list, but Tylacelyn Road is actually in Penygraig.

There’s not any information on the store on the internet, and no closing date either. We know today that the address is for the Co-op store, which from this photo we can guess that is was a small Woolworths village store.

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

48 Tylacelyn Road, Pen-Y-Graig

Source: Jaggery

If you lived in South Wales, do you or any of your family members remember the Woolworths in Pen-Y-Graig? Please do share any memories/photos.

Ipswich – Store 148

26 – 32 Carr Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1EL

On the 3rd November 1923 Woolworths opened in Ipswich on Carr Street. It was a single storey building with the only architectural embellishment being a central parapet.

Ipswich Woolworths 1923

Ipswich Woolworths 1923

Source: Historic England

Ipswich Woolworths 1938

Ipswich Woolworths 1938

Source: Field C.

In 1939 the store had a makeover to become two floors, with an Art Deco facade (you can see it on the right of this photo).

Ipswich Woolworths 1961

Ipswich Woolworths 1961

Source: Ipswich Lettering

In 1968 the building was replaced by a three-storey superstore, becoming the biggest Woolworths in the country that year.

Ipswich Woolworths 1968

Ipswich Woolworths 1968

Source: Field C.

The new-look store was bright, modern and massive. The lower floor, ie the basement, had household goods and toys. The food hall was on the ground floor along with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. There was also a Harvest cafe on this floor, that served fish and chips and Corona cherryade.

Ipswich Woolworths (Inside) 1968

Ipswich Woolworths (Inside) 1968

Source: Ipswich Star

Former employee Catrina Field tells us that people around Ipswich still talk about the large fish ornament that used to sit over the old Fish bar at the back. According to the Ipswich Star, water flushed down the front of the salmon drawing people to the counter – but this was taken out of the shop during the 1970s when the food hall was remodelled.

Ipswich Woolworths Fish Counter 1968

Ipswich Woolworths Fish Counter 1968

Source: Ipswich Star

What is quite exciting is that the fish is now in the window of a town centre shop! If you are ever in town, why don’t you have a look for it.

Ipswich Former Woolworths 1960s Fish Centrepiece

Ipswich Former Woolworths 1960s Fish Centrepiece

Source: Field C.

In the 1980s, Woolworths stopped selling food. The lower floor was shut, then reopened, and then shut again.

Ipswich Woolworths (back) 1980

Ipswich Woolworths (back) late 1980s

Source: Historic England

A garden centre was built at the back, but then dismantled a few years later. It seems as if Ipswich was a trial store.

Ipswich Woolworths (garden centre entrance) 1980

Ipswich Woolworths (garden centre entrance) late 1980s

Source: Historic England

Catrina also tells us that there were two levels for the stock room but they only used one. The second floor was utilised the last few years she was there and was very creepy – with a room that was once a butchers room and a room dubbed ‘the bird room’. Birds used to fly in and live there, making quite a mess as you can imagine.

The basement was converted to a JJB Sports store (see on the right of this photo).

Ipswich Woolworths 2008

Ipswich Woolworths 2008

Source: Evans K.

The store closed in December 2008 when the chain went bust. Six months on in Ipswich, the empty Woolworths store was still eerily lit up!

Ipswich Woolworths 2009

Ipswich Woolworths 2009

Source: The Telegraph

It eventually became a Poundland, with an Age UK Home shop on the right side. The 1960s facade is still up, so next time you are shopping at Poundland or Age UK, take a look up.

Ipswich Former Woolworths - Poundland

Ipswich Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Ipswich Star

 

Burton-on-Trent – Store 147

154 – 155 High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Woolworths opened in Burton-on-Trent in 1923, taking over the building of Pearson’s the tailor at number 154 High Street. The store did so well that they extended to number 155 the following year. There are no photos of the original store, this earliest photo I can find is this photo from when the store had a makeover in the 1970s. It wasn’t the prettiest of building, but it looked large and functional with a lot of entrance doors.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

On 21st November 1983, the store relocated to the Coopers Square, leaving the High Street building empty for a decade.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Source: Soult G

In more recent years the building is now occupied by pubs, with a makeover on the upper floors that is more pleasing to the eye.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Source: Ballysundriven

Meanwhile over on Coopers Square, the store was inside a shopping centre until the end in December 2008. Again I suspect this was a 10/10 trial store from the red flooring at the entrance and the large red fascia.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

Today it is B&M bargains, and they have kept the Woolworths doors.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths - B&M

B&M Bargains, Coopers Square

Source: Loc8nearme

Kirkcaldy – Store 145

234 – 242 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife

The 145th Woolworths store opened in Kirkcaldy in Scotland. There are no photos of it on the internet at all, but we can guess from the photo of the building today, that it had a makeover in the 1950s/60s, being extended to become a huge store.

The store closed down on 28th June 1986.

In the 1990, a Woolworths Music and Video store opened at 148 High Street (Store 1168) and then in the late 1990s, a traditional Woolworths returned to Kirkcaldy at the Mercat Shopping Centre on the High Street (Store 1201).

Today the building of the original store at 234 – 242 High Street houses the Kirkcaldy Indoor Market, which gives an idea of the size of the Woolworths store that was. The Woolworths does are still in use after all these years.

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths - Indoor Market

Kirkcaldy Former Woolworths – Indoor Market

Source: Flickr

And what is exciting is that an original mosaic Woolworths floor still exists in front of the fire doors at the far right of the building.

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

Kirkcaldy Woolworths W

If you do have any photos of any of the Kirkcaldy Woolworths store, please do send them in, it would be great to see how they looked.

Sunderland – Store 144

7 – 10a Fawcett Street, Sunderland, County Durham SR1 1SL

Woolworths opened in Sunderland on the 5th October 1923. It was a very large store, though I assume it started off small and was then extended. This photo shows the store in 1940 with wooden shutters over the windows to protect from potential bomb blasts in the Second World War. The facade was an Art Deco design applied in 1936-7, with the windows having decorative stepped heads.

Sunderland Woolworths 1940s

Sunderland Woolworths 1940

Source: Historic England

In 1976 a planning application was put in to extend the ground floor, which was approved. But in 1987 an application was put in to reduce the sales floor.

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Sunderland Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Sunderland Woolworths 1990s

Source: @WearsideEchoes (twitter)

This photo was taken a few years before the store closed down in 2004.

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Sunderland Woolworths 2001

Source: Sunderland Echo

The reason it closed in 2004 was because Primark offered a sum that Woolworths could not refuse, and so they bought this building.

Sunderland Former Woolworths - Primark (2011)

Sunderland Former Woolworths – Primark (2011)

Source: Ballysundriven

But Primark recently moved into the nearby shopping centre, after all that. In 2016 a designer fashion retailer called Flannels moved in. Regardless of all the changes, the Woolies architecture remains above the store.

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Sunderland Former Woolworths

Source: Soult G

Sheffield (The Moor) – Store 143

15 – 19 The Moor, Sheffield S1 3LF

Woolworths opened in Sheffield on The Moor in 1923. It was the first branch in Sheffield – a second Woolworths opened in nearby Haymarket very soon after.

Sheffield was heavily bombed in World War II and Woolworths was destroyed along with most of the buildings along The Moor.

Woolworths was rebuilt and you can recognise the familiar style of the facade in this 1952 photo.

Sheffield Woolworths 1952

Sheffield Woolworths 1952

Source: Sheffield City Council

These are some more photos of the store over the decades.

Sheffield Woolworths 1960s

Sheffield Woolworths 1960s

Source: Sheffield History

Sheffield Woolworths 1978

Sheffield Woolworths 1978

Source: Sheffield History

Shortly after this photo was taken in the 1980s, Woolworths reduced it’s size and the left side became Superdrug.

Sheffield Woolworths 1980s

Sheffield Woolworths 1980s

Source: Sheffield City Council

In this photo you get a nice close-up of the stairs up to the store and you can see what was typically inside a Woolworths in the noughties. Look at the peppermint blue pillars and those blue wire baskets on the right.

Sheffield Woolworths 2006

Sheffield Woolworths 2006

Source: Evissa

Sheffield Woolworths 2007

Sheffield Woolworths 2007

Source: DJN

Sheffield Woolworths 2009

Sheffield Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

This Woolworths closed in 2008 when the chain went bust, and it became a Peacocks store.

Sheffield Former Woolworths - Peacocks (2012)

Sheffield Former Woolworths – Peacocks (2012)

Source: Barr, P

Then it became a TJ Hughes, but they went bust also.

Sheffield Former Woolworths - TJ Hughes

Sheffield Former Woolworths – TJ Hughes (2013)

Source: Budby

Today all the stores along this side of The Moor are empty and this street in being redeveloped. Who knows if the Woolworths facade will be kept or not. If you want to have a look at it, be quick!

St Helens – Store 142

59 – 69 Church Street, St Helens, Lancashire

In 1923 Woolworths opened in St Helens on Church Street. It started off as a small store.

St Helens Woolworths 1924

St Helens Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

In 1960 the store was extended and had a huge makeover. Below you will see photos of the store over the decades.

St Helens Woolworths 1960

St Helens Woolworths 1960

Source: St Helens Local History and Archives Library

St Helens Woolworths 1963

St Helens Woolworths 1963

St Helens Woolworths 1960s

St Helens Woolworths 1960s

 

St Helens Woolworths 1982

St Helens Woolworths 1982

Source: Flickr

The store closed in December 2008.

St Helens Woolworths 2009

St Helens Woolworths 2009

Source: Flickr

It became a Poundland but this since moved into the nearby shopping centre, so the building is currently empty.

St Helens Former Woolworths

St Helens Former Woolworths

Ilkeston – Store 141

102 Bath Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8HA

Woolworths opened in Ilkeston in 1923. In the 1930s the store had an update with an Art Deco facade added.

Ilkeston Woolworths 1965

Ilkeston Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

Ilkeston Woolworths 1999

Ilkeston Woolworths 1999

This Woolworths store was one of the few that kept it’s original 1930s features – the bronze window and door surrounds, the curved glass, the detailing above the door. Though the upper floor windows had been covered up.

Ilkeston Woolworths Doorway Detail 1999

Ilkeston Woolworths Doorway Detail 1999

Source: Historic England

Ilkeston Woolworths 2005

Ilkeston Woolworths 2005

Source: Ilkeston Town Walk

Ilkeston Woolworths 2007

Ilkeston Woolworths 2007

Source: Flickr

On the inside of the store, the floor had not been updated since the 1950s/60s.

Ilkeston Woolworths 2008 - the floor

Ilkeston Woolworths 2008 – the floor

Source: Flickr

After closure in December 2008, the building lay empty for many years. But recently The Project have restored the building, keeping the original Woolworths art deco detailing. This is a wonderful thing, and worth taking a visit to Ilkeston to see – you can even have a coffee there.

Ilkeston Former Woolworths - The Project

Ilkeston Former Woolworths – The Project

Source: The Project

Merthyr Tydfil – Store 140

44 – 45 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glam.

The 140th Woolworths store opened in Wales in 1923, in a town called Merthyr Tydfil.

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1930s

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1930s

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1951

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1951

Source: Francis Frith

In the 1970s the store had a makeover, with this recognisable style. The makeover probably coincided with the conversion to self-service.

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1970s

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 1970s

Source: Alan George

The store closed in December 2008.

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 2008

Merthyr Tydfil Woolworths 2008

Source: WalesOnline

It became a B&M Bargains, but they then moved to a retail park – so this building is sadly empty again.

Merthry Tydfil Former Woolworths - B&M

Merthry Tydfil Former Woolworths – B&M

Source: Flickr

Weymouth – Store 139

10 – 14 St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Weymouth in 1923. It was a premier 1920s store, finished in Portland stone. The ornate look of stores like this was nicknamed the “cinema front”.

Weymouth Woolworths 1923

Weymouth Woolworths 1923

Source: Historic England

Weymouth Woolworths 1923

Weymouth Woolworths 1923

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1938 the store was extended with a grand Art Deco makeover, rivalling other stores for its sheer style. “It’s deeply channelled faience facings and stretched window bays were counter-cut by broad clusters of vertical fluting and topped by a gleaming green roof.” – Woolworth’s 100 years on the High Street, Morrison K.

Weymouth Woolworths 1938

Weymouth Woolworths 1938

Source: Historic England

Unfortunately the store had to be rebuilt in 1985, after water entered through cracks in the faience and rusted the steelwork. A bid to list the building was rejected, but had the building survived, it would have been regarded as an art deco classic. Today you will see a brick building in its place, where Dorothy Perkins/Burton is in this photo.

Weymouth Former Woolworths - Dorothy Perkins Burton

Weymouth Former Woolworths – Dorothy Perkins Burton

In 1999 Woolworths moved to  New Bond street with a new store number 1219.

Weymouth Woolworths 2000

Weymouth Woolworths 2000

Source: Wikimapia

This is the one that closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Weymouth Woolworths 2008

Weymouth Woolworths 2008

Source: Talbot C.

Today TK Maxx is in this building.

Weymouth Former Woolworths - TK Maxx

Weymouth Former Woolworths – TK Maxx

Source: Talbot C

Gillingham – Store 138

118 – 122 High Street, Gillingham, Kent

Woolworths opened in Gillingham in 1923, opening in the building of former furniture store Jermyn Smart & Smith.

Gillingham Woolworths 1923

Gillingham Woolworths 1923

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store was next to the Congregational church and hall, which you can see on the left of this photo – you can recognise the style of the Woolworths store in the centre left.

Gillingham Woolworths 1930s

Gillingham Woolworths 1930s

Source: Gillingham & Around From Old Photographs, B Joyce, S Miller

In 1971 this Woolworths store had a major makeover with an industrial style facade made of reinforced plastic panels and yellow illuminated letters. You can see ‘Fresh Fruit’ and ‘Fresh Foods’ signs on the wall, making the store look like a supermarket.

Gillingham Woolworths 1970

Gillingham Woolworths 1970

Source: Historic England

The logo was updated in the 1990s, and the store looked like this until its closure in 2008.

Gillingham Woolworths 1999

Gillingham Woolworths 1999

Source: Flickr

Gillingham Woolworths 2008

Gillingham Woolworths 2008

Source: Robinson D

After Woolworths closed, it soon became a 99p store. This caused a lot of excitement as this photo shows people queuing on the opening day.

Gillingham Former Woolworths - 99p store 2009

Gillingham Former Woolworths – 99p store 2009

Source: Robinson D

The 99p stores were bought by Poundland.

Gillingham Former Woolworths - Poundland

Poundland have now taken the panels off, but the windows, doors and floor are as they were when this was a Woolworths.

Gillingham Former Woolworths - Poundland

Gillingham Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Google Maps