From Stanley to Spennymoor – another gallery of North East former Woolies stores

Graham Soult

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14 Responses

  1. Rich says:

    Gateshead Store will be Poundland which will open in a month or so (maybe sooner) :)

  2. Adam says:

    It was an empty Ethel Austin a couple of months ago but I have no idea of its current state. Back to Woolies, I think they may have ditched the ‘local’ branding from the Billingham store by the time it closed. Obviously the signage is now long gone now anyway.

  3. Graham Soult says:

    I haven’t got to Billingham yet Adam – one of the three I’m missing!

    What is the old Billingham Woolies now, anyway? I know it was Ethel Austin, but I’m not clear whether it’s one of the stores that was later rescued or not.

  4. Adam says:

    The Woolies in Peterlee is the spitting image of the one in Billingham.

  5. stephen moody says:

    blimey !! what were those new town planners on at the time ?? I know money was tight , but the 50’s and 60’s gave our high streets some hideous buildings , which only look worse with age … they all seem to be off the same blueprint – concrete where possible !!
    great blog btw , I look in daily , and find it fascinating , am trying to look at ex woolies in east anglia !

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