Remembering Shoppers World: Woolworths’ early Argos-style experiment

Graham Soult

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15 Responses

  1. Graham Soult says:

    Thanks Michael! I was aware that both Sale and Knutsford were early Woolworths closures, but not that they had closed for conversion into Shoppers World. Most useful!

  2. Michael Laybourn says:

    There was a Shoppers World in Sale,Knutsford which were both Woolworth stores….whilst at Northwich,part of Woolworths was given over to Shoppers World.

  3. michelle says:

    I bought my parents Christmas present at the accrington branch with my Christmas paper round tips in the early 80′s! I loved shoppers world!

  4. Thejnutts says:

    There used to be a shoppers world in accrington on little Blackburn road were Argos is now. My mum bought me my 1st digital led watch for my birthday. Happy days

  5. helen cooper says:

    I worked in the shoppers world store in derby in victoria st istarted at 16 when i left school in 1979 till the store closed i THINK IT WAS EARLY 1983 our manager was called to a a meeting on the day we heard the news on the radio in the shop that the stores were closeing was not even told about it i loved working there and have very happy memories

  6. Gary Hale says:

    I remember that Evesham’s Woolworths had a Shoppers World (I so want to pop an apostrophe in there!!), right at the back of the store. Suffice to say, it didn’t last long, and then the store was shortened to make way for the brand new Abbey Gates (now called Riverside) Shopping Centre. I would been about 5 at the time of Shoppers World, but unlike many, I do actually remember it!!!

  7. Peter Lewis says:

    Re your appeal for info regarding the location of both the former Shoppers World and Woolworth store in The Merrion Centre in Leeds. they definitely did not occupy the same unit.The Shoppers World had a street facing frontage along Woodhouse Lane approximately where there is currently a small Sainsburys store and I think may have interconnected with main interior mall although I’m not totally certain of this, whereas the Woolworth store was within the mall where the Pound store is that you show a photograph of.
    Hope this helps.
    Love the site.

  8. Shoppers World was before my time, but it is interesting to think what has happened to all the old Woolworths store locations in the last couple of years. This is perhaps one of the most significant changes on the high streets of the UK in my lifetime.

  9. Adam Walton says:

    There was a Shoppers World store incorporated into the large old Woolworths store on The Moor in Sheffield (photograph in Remember the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties in Sheffield book)

    • Graham Soult says:

      Excellent – thanks Adam! I’m starting to wonder how many Shoppers World stores were actually on newly acquired sites, as opposed to being a) a former Woolies or b) a carved-off portion of an existing Woolies.

  10. Lee Dymond says:

    Also part of Kings Heath is now Poundland

  11. Lee Dymond says:

    There was a Shoppers World in Huddersfield, this was a pat converted Woolworths which had entrances on two street with one being converted to Shoppers World, (photo link http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0051Huddersfield-1980.htm )This is now the new Ethel Austin brand Life and Style.

    There was another in Edgeley, Stockport. (Link http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/1019Edgeley-Stockport-1959.htm ). Now occupied by Life & Style, Greggs and a charity shop.

    According to 100thbirthday.co.uk ( Link http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0554KingsHeath-1971.htm ) another Shoppers World was at Kings Heath, Birmingham. This store also briefly traded as a Woolco, and returned to Woolworth main chain in 1983, and survived to the bitter end. Now open as Peacocks.

  12. Retrogadget says:

    HOT NEWS!!!!
    According to todays (18/2) Burton Mail the empty Woolworths in Burton is to be occupied by B&M Bargains. http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Woolworths-site-set-to-re-open-as-discount-store.htm

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