London’s lost Woolies flagships

Graham Soult

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  1. John says:

    I last went in that Wilton Road branch of Woolworths in 1975. My recollection is that it occupied the entire block and I got the impression that it was like a series of adjacent shops where doorways had been knocked through from each to the next.

    I also well remember the huge Harlow branch which can be seen at

    But the image that really evokes the era is this one of Harlow:

    Now as a young teenager in 1967, I went to Harlow with a group of school friends in the lead up to Christmas, which would have been around the time of that black and white photograph.

    When we went into that (then new) Woolworths, we were astounded and commented as to how huge it was and one of us, a bit of a wag, exclaimed “in years to come, when people talk about this, you’ll be able to say that you were there.”

    And silly as that statement seemed at the time, he was right.

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