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Mansfield – Store 100

16/18 Westgate, Mansfield, Notts

The 100th Woolworths store opened in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1921. It must have been very exciting to reach store number 100, but I don’t have any particularly exciting information on this store. It traded from Westgate all the way to the end in January 2009. From the architecture I would say there was a refurbishment in the 1950s/60s.

Mansfield Woolworths 1966

Mansfield Woolworths 1966

Source: Our Mansfield and area

And it looks as thought the store was halved in size over time, as there was a bank and Dorothy Perkins on the left side of the building when Woolworths closed down.

Mansfield Woolworths 2009

Mansfield Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

Today New Look is trading from the site.

Mansfield Former Woolworths - New Look

Mansfield Former Woolworths – New Look

Source: Green & Partners

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Belfast North Street – Store 99

157 – 161 North Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 1NE

Woolworths opened their second Belfast store, Store 99, at 59 North Street in 1921. The first store was on the High Street (Store 59).

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1920s

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1920s

Source: The Irish News

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1930s

Belfast North Street Woolworths 1930s

Source: Belfast Forum

In 1956 they moved to the site of the Gaiety Cinema at 157  – 161 North Street. The old site became the Northern Ireland Tourist Board – well actually the building doesn’t exist, it would have been where the tree is in the below photo.

Belfast North Street Former Woolworths

Belfast North Street Former Woolworths

As for the new store, there are no photos online of numbers 157 – 161 as a Woolworths store, but you can clearly recognise the architecture of the building from the below photo. This was taken in 1998 when it was a Star Bingo Club, so the Woolworths store closed before this date.

Former Belfast North Street Woolworths - Star Bingo 1998

Former Belfast North Street Woolworths – Star Bingo 1998

Source: Cinema Treasures

Today it still is a Star Bingo, it looks the same as it did in 1998 but with a different fascia. The area around it has a lot of graffiti and looks run down, perhaps that was the reason Woolworths left.

 

Pontypridd Store 98

Park Buildings, Taff Street, Pontypridd, Glam

Woolworths opened in Pontypridd, Wales, in 1921. The site was called ‘Park Buildings’ on Taff Street, and they traded here all the way to the end in December 2008. Here are some photos over the years.

Pontypridd Woolworths 1960s

Pontypridd Woolworths 1960s

Source: WalesOnline

Pontypridd Woolworths 1970s

Pontypridd Woolworths 1970s

Source: Beilby D

Pontypridd Woolworths 2007

Pontypridd Woolworths 2007

Source: Cornfoot R

Today B&M Bargains traded from this site, the building looking the same. You can still see the Woolworths tiles.

Pontypridd Former Woolworths - B&M

Pontypridd Former Woolworths – B&M

Source: Ballysundriven

Limerick – Store 97

37 – 39 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland

The 97th Woolworths store opened in Limerick, Ireland on O’Connell Street in 1921. The building was the Limerick Furnishing Warehouse.

Limerick Woolworths 1930s

Limerick Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

Extract from Limerick.com of Limerick Woolworths in the 1940s/50s:

“Woolworth’s now I can remember quite a number of stories about that store especially at Christmas. Going to shop with your 10/- shilling note to get presents for all your family. Purple bath salts in an ornate glass jar for a 1/- shilling, this was always for your Mother and 6d. hankies in a box for Dad. Counter loads of ‘sweets’ under the glass covers, biscuits lining the counter top from Jacob’s in their glass topped tins. You could buy a half pound of this kind and a half pound of another and you could also buy a pound of assorted broken biscuits for 3d.

Upstairs at Woolworth’s was always a winter wonderland at Christmas, at other times of the year this area held all the electrical and hardware goods for your home. But, Christmas was Santaland time, toys, decorations, christmas lights, sparklers and Christmas music playing are memories hard to forget. The boys chasing you to sprinkle you with ‘Jack Frost’. Do you remember?”

In 1963 the store was refurbished and had a brand new look.

Limerick Woolworths 1963

Limerick Woolworths 1963

Source: A Stroll Down Memory Lane

This was how the inside looked:

Limerick, A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Book 7 &emdash; 074 Woolworth, O'connell Street, Limerick
Limerick, A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Book 3 &emdash; O'Connell Street

Limerick Woolworths 1970

Limerick Woolworths 1970

Source: From Limerick with Love

Limerick Woolworths 1970s

Limerick Woolworths 1970s

Source: Memory Lane Limerick

The store closed with Woolworths left Ireland in 1984.

Today the build still exists, it could do with a clean, The store has been split into three units – Wokking Restaurant (which is on the upper floors), Marco Polo and Carraig Donn.

Limerick Former Woolworths

Limerick Former Woolworths

Greenock – Store 96

75 – 77 Hamilton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire

Woolworths opened their 96th store in Greenock, Scotland. Greenock’s main shopping thoroughfare was Hamilton Street, which connected West Blackhall Street in the west to Clyde Square in the east. Woolworths was at number 75 to 77, which you can see below on the left side with the Art Deco facade.

Greenock Woolworths 1966

Greenock Woolworths 1966

Source: McLean Museum

41 Hamilton Way, Shopping Mall, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1RS

In 1975 Hamilton Street disappeared along with several other streets as the area was pedestrianised as Hamilton Way. Woolworths was at number 41 Hamilton Way, keeping it’s store number 96. In the 1990s a shopping centre was built on Hamilton Way, incorporating Woolworths. The store was a large L-shaped one with two entrances. Below you can see the outside entrance on Charles Place. There was also an entrance on the shopping centre side.

Greenocks Woolworths 2008

Greenocks Woolworths 2008

Source: Nugent T

The store closed in January 2009 when the chain went bust, and today Wilkos is in its place. This is the shopping centre side.

Greenocks Former Woolworths - Wilko

Greenocks Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: Acuitus

Jersey, St Helier – Store 95

6 King Street, Jersey (St Helier), Channel Islands

Woolworths opened their 95th store in the Channel Islands, in Jersey, in 1921. The building was a former drapers shop, in fact there is a whole history of number 6 King Street written here.

This is a photo of the store, next to Burtons, in happier times before the war.

Jersey Woolworths 1930s

Jersey Woolworths 1930s

Source: IslandWiki

In 1940 the Channel Islands were under German control. There was no contact allowed with the mainland, stocks ran low. The manager initially had the Jersey close on Thursdays, before closing down totally until the end of the war. You can read more about what happened here.

In 1945, the Channel Islands were liberated and Woolworths set to reopen and modernise the Jersey store in time for Christmas. The store became one of the most profitable ones in the chain.

This photo shows people queueing for Battle of Flower tickets in 1957, they just happen to be outside Woolworths.

Jersey Woolworths 1957

Jersey Woolworths 1957

Source: IslandWiki

In 1966 the Jersey store had a ‘Diamond Bar’ installed, and it remained a talking point in the 1980s.

Jersey Woolworths 1970s

Jersey Woolworths 1976

Source: IslandWiki

And below is the store in more recent times, before it closed for good in December 2008.

Jersey Woolworths 2008

Jersey Woolworths 2008

Source: itv.com

Today the building is occupied by New Look.

Jersey Former Woolworths - New Look

Jersey Former Woolworths – New Look

Source: Jersey Evening Post

Hackney – Store 94

333-337 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY

Woolworths opened in Hackney, East London in 1921. It was right next to a railway bridge. The store had an Art Deco facade.

Hackney Woolworths 1968

Hackney Woolworths 1968

Source: Pinterest

In the 1970s the store was modernised and you can see the new fascia below.

Hackney Woolworths 1970s

Hackney Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pinterest

The store lasted to the end in December 2008.

Hackney Woolworths 2008

Hackney Woolworths 2008

Today the building is occupied by Iceland, and you can still see the Art Deco facade above it.

Hackney Former Woolworths - Iceland

Hackney Former Woolworths – Iceland

Portadown – Store 93

35-36 High Street, Portadown, Northern Ireland

Woolworths opened Store 93 in 1921 in Portadown, Northern Ireland on the site of a store called Anderson & Co. You can see it below with the awning, the building with 3 first floor windows.

Portadown Woolworths 1940s

Portadown Woolworths 1940s

Source: Sprott Collection

The store was extended to the right and modernised – the building looks 1950s in style. Here you can see how it looked in the 1980s, this photo was taken during a bomb scare.

Portadown Woolworths 1980s

Portadown Woolworths 1980s

Source: Henry Clark

This store lasted until the end, closing when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Portadown Woolworths 2008

Portadown Woolworths 2008

Source: P Flannagan

Today the building is occupied by Peacocks.

Portadown Former Woolworths - Peacocks

Portadown Former Woolworths – Peacocks

Source: Eric Jones

Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) – Store 90

89 Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

The 90th Woolworths store opened in Kingstown in Ireland, in 1920. In 1921, the town got renamed Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary). In the below photo you can see the store on the right with the three pointed roofs.

Kingstown Dun Laoghaire Woolworths 1920s

Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Woolworths 1920

Source: Historical Picture Archive

The store traded here for 64 years until Woolworths left Ireland in 1984. Since Woolworths closed, the building has been an M&S Simply Food.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - M&S

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – M&S 2009

Today it is occupied by a shop called Sostrene Grene.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - Sostrene Grene

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – Sostrene Grene

Worthing – Store 89

33 -35 – Montague Street, Worthing, Sussex

Woolworths first opened in Rowlands Road in Worthing on 28th August 1920.

Worthing Woolworths 1920s

Worthing Woolworths 1920s

Source: Pinterest

In 1930 the store was extended and a horizontal moderne Art Deco frontage was created. This was a style favoured for seaside towns such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Bexhill. Woolworths traded here for nearly 80 years, until the chain’s closure in 2008.

Worthing Woolworths 2009

Worthing Woolworths 2009

Source: Kidd. R

Today the Art Deco frontage still exists. If you are ever shopping in Worthing, take a look above H&M or the bookshop next door.

Worthing Former Woolworths - H&M

Worthing Former Woolworths – H&M

Source: ballysundriven


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Torquay – Store 88

Acton – Store 87

106 – 112 High Street, Acton, London W3 6RH

Woolworths opened on Acton High Street in West London on 31st July 1920. It wasn’t a purpose-built store as the architecture is uniform along the High Street. The store was extended on 14th February 1931, and then modernised in July 1937.

Nearly three decades late, the store was modernised in April 1964. Two years later there was further extension in December 1966, and in August 1978 the store was modernised again.

It was cut down in March 1986, with the unit sublet by Chartwell Land.

There are no photos of the store, but it did exist as my other half remembers shopping there in the 1990s. Acton Woolworths finally closed on 12th June 1993.

Today the building is occupied by the Belvedere pub.

Acton Former Woolworths - The Belverdere
Acton Former Woolworths – The Belvedere

 

With thanks to Graham Hill for supplying the dates.


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Torquay – Store 88

Stratford – Store 86

352 – 356 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4OW

The 86th Woolworths store opened in Stratford in East London in 1920. You can see it below on the far right.

Stratford London Woolworths 1920s

Stratford London Woolworths 1920s

Source: The Newham Story

The store is on the 1972 list with it’s High Street address. In 1974 the Stratford Shopping Centre was built, and Woolworths moved into there at some point.

Today the High Street building does not exist, as most of the High Street has been demolished for regeneration over the years. I think they are building flats there now . The nearest surviving building is The Builders Arm pub at number 302.

43-44 The Mall, Stratford Centre E15

Woolworths traded at its new location in the Stratford Centre, and unusually the store kept it’s store number 86.  It traded until the chain’s closure in 2008. Who knows if it would have survived anyway with neighbouring Westfield Stratford opening.

Stratford Woolworths 2008

Stratford Woolworths 2008

Source: Diamond Geezer

Today the unit is occupied by Poundland.

Stratford Former Woolworths - Poundland

 

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

Poole – Store 84

123 – 125 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AR

In 1920 Woolworths opened in Poole at 78 High Street – you can read a fascinating history of the building at the Poole High Street Project.

Poole Woolworths 1920

Poole Woolworths 1920

They traded at this building for 39 years, until 1959 when they moved to bigger premises. Number 78 became many things – Pearks, a grocers, a Chinese restaurant, a pizza restaurant, a pet shop, a pop-up reconstructed 1930s grocers and today it is a Salvation Army charity shop.

Poole Former Woolworths - Salvation Army Shop

Poole Former Woolworths – Salvation Army Shop

The new Woolworths store of 1959 was at 123 – 125 High Street. They traded here for nearly 50 years.

Poole Woolworths 2004

Poole Woolworths 2004

Source: JJ Justin

In December 2008 the store closed for good.

Poole Woolworths 2008

Poole Woolworths 2008

Source: JJ Justin

And today the building is occupied by This Is It.

Poole Former Woolworths - This is It

Cork – Store 83

39 – 41 Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland

Woolworths opened its third Irish store in Cork on Patrick Street on 6th February 1920. It was quite a large corner building.

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

In 1922-23 trading was suspended for 18 months due to a labour dispute.

Cork Woolworths 1931

Cork Woolworths 1931

Source: Twitter

Cork Woolworths was a popular, busy store. Below are some 1960s photos.

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Source: Cork Archives

Cork Woolworths 1970

Cork Woolworths 1970

Source: Listowel Connection

In 1974 it had a full refurbishment and you can see the new fascia in the below photo.

Cork Woolworths 1984

Cork Woolworths 1984

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store closed when Woolworths left Ireland in 1984.

Today the store has been split into 2 units. One was River Island until recently, the other is a bank.

Cork Former Woolworths - River Island and a Bank

Cork Former Woolworths – River Island and a Bank

Source: Buildings of Ireland

Walworth – Store 82

367 – 369 Walworth Road, London SE17 2AL

Woolworths opened their 82nd store in 1919 in Walworth, South East London. Unfortunately there are no photos online of this store. It did exist, as it is mentioned in the Woolworths Museum.

I presume it closed in the 1980s, when there were mass closures.

The store at the address today is Argos, which you can see below. The building itself matches the rest of the shopping parade, so this was a store where Woolworths did not change the architecture.

Walworth Former Woolworths - Argos

Walworth Former Woolworths – Argos

On a side note, try saying Walworth Woolworths really quickly. It’s a bit of a tongue twister.


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Weston-Super-Mare – Store 81

Bromley – Store 80

140 – 142 High Street, Bromley BR1 1HB

The 80th Woolworths store opened in 1919 on Bromley High Street. It was originally numbered 33-34, but later renumbered 140-142. In 1926 the store doubled in size. The architect had considered removing the original pediment of 1919 and installing a straight balustrade. But they went with recreating a second pediment.

In this photo you can see the original side is on the right, as the arc lights are hanging under the facade. There is a sign saying ‘No perambulators in this store after 2.30pm today’

Bromley Woolworths 1920s

Bromley Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

This photo is from 1969 when you can see the store has been updated and there is a rather out of scale ‘Woolworth’ fascia.

Bromley Woolworths 1969

Bromley Woolworths 1969

Source: Historic England

Bromley Woolworths closed down in the early 1980s when Kingfisher took over.

Today at 140 High Street is Deichmann (previously Miss Selfridge/Dorothy Perkin/Burton) and the building has been completely rebuilt.

Bromley Former Woolworths - Deichmann

Bromley Former Woolworths – Deichmann

Source: Michael Rogers


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Aberdeen – Store 79

Weston-Super-Mare – Store 81

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


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Aberdeen – Store 79

Dublin (Henry Street) – Store 76

18-19 Henry Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Woolworths opened their second Dublin store on Henry Street in 1918. The building was purpose-built, as the building that had previously been on the site was destroyed in the Easter Rising of April 1916. You can see the year ‘1917’ in the gable as this was when it was built. The store was bigger than the first Dublin branch on Grafton Street (Store 31), with an entrance on Henry Street and another entrance to a shopping arcade.

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Source: Historic England

The store was extended over time, taking over the two stores to the left.

Woolworths in Henry Street was famous in particular for its Ice Cream kiosk.

“Apart from cheap sweets and pop records, the great attraction of Woolworths for kids, and many parents, was its ice-cream kiosk. In the early 1930s, when refrigeration was still a novelty in many parts of the country, Woolworths had all the US-supplied equipment necessary to become the biggest seller of ice cream in Ireland. Queues formed in both of their Dublin stores from morning opening to evening closing to buy their famously creamy cones. Hughes Brothers (HB) won the contract to supply all of Woolworths’ ice cream in the late 1920s and the chain remained HB’s biggest customer until the late 1960s” Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Source: Pinterest

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Source: Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

In 1980 the store had a full makeover with a new fascia and pastel-coloured modernised units inside (you can read more about that here, and the lead up to the closure of all Irish Woolworth stores).

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

The store closed in 1984, and was sub divided into seven different units – four on Henry Street and three inside the arcade.

Today the original front of the building is occupied by Vision Express and HMV, with the extension occupied by Boots and Extrovert.  If you look above you can still see the original architecture.

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Source: Irish Times

With thanks to Stephen Nolan for his help on this post.


You can read about Store 75 Aberdare here

Ealing Broadway – Store 74 \ 1149

43-47 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5AX

Store 74 opened in Ealing Broadway in 1916 in a purpose-built store – the date can be seen in the pediment.

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1930

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1930

Source: Historic England

The store was extended some time between 1930 and 1965, and the building went up. You can see it below on the right side (the taller building in the middle)

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1965

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

In the 1987 it became a trial ‘Kidstore’ concept store, the first one of its kind, selling kids clothing, toys and confectionary only.  It was renumbered to 1149. Shoppers liked the new look and sales were good, leading to two further Kidstore branches in Colchester and Lewisham. You can read more about it here. The successes from Kidstore were implemented into all Woolworth stores. A lot of non-performing departments were dropped, such as food, furniture and adult clothing, and it also led to the rebrand of F.W.Woolworth to ‘Woolworths’.

Ealing Broadway Kidstore Woolworths 1980s

Ealing Broadway Kidstore Woolworths 1980s

Source: Pinterest

The store was branded back to ‘Woolworths’ in 1988/89.

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Source: Kinsella B.

The big calculator from the Kidstore days was kept as a display item at the cashpoint.

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Thank you to former employee Beverley Kinsella for these photos.

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

Inside Ealing Broadway Woolworths 1990

A couple of years later in 1992 the store closed. Today the building is occupied by Sports Direct.

Ealing Broadway Former Woolworths - Sports Direct

Source: All in London


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Aberdare – Store 75