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Old Woolies fascia exposed as Byker Wetherspoon’s readies for October opening

Exposed 1970s Woolworths fascia at new Byker Wetherspoon pub (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Exposed 1970s Woolworths fascia at new Byker Wetherspoon pub (28 Aug 2013)

The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – … Continue Reading

Pick ‘n’ mixed grill: the ex-Woolworths that are now Wetherspoons

Plaque at former Woolworths (now Wetherspoon's), Prestwick (21 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Plaque at former Woolworths (now Wetherspoon’s), Prestwick (21 Nov 2012)

As well as covering the long-gone Woolworths stores in Harrow Station Road and Sudbury Hill, another intriguing post on Stuart … Continue Reading

Rescued for the fourth time, can Ethel Austin really have a future?

Former Ethel Austin site, Wallsend (30 Jul 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Ethel Austin site, Wallsend (30 Jul 2012)

When value clothing retailer Ethel Austin fell into administration for the fourth time in as many years three weeks ago, it’s fair to say that its chances of surviving again were not highly rated.

Indeed, the headline in … Continue Reading

Hessle Road’s long-gone Woolworths and its successors

Sainsbury's Local (formerly Woolworths), Hessle Road, Hull (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Sainsbury's Local (formerly Woolworths), Hessle Road, Hull (11 Oct 2011)

While tearing around Barnsley and Hull visiting UGO supermarkets last month, I was pleased to be able to work in an unexpected ex-Woolworths. Not knowing Hull very well at all beforehand, … Continue Reading

As South Shields’ Woolies is filled, there’s good news for Byker and Wallsend too

Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), South Shields (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), South Shields (22 Sep 2011)

Store Twenty One has opened its doors in South Shields today, meaning that the whole of the former Woolworths unit at 100-108 King Street (store number #104) is now back … Continue Reading

From no sprouts to no claims – an unusual use for an old Safeway

Former Safeway, Byker (6 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Safeway, Byker (6 Jun 2011)

It’s amazing how a throwaway remark can prompt an entire discussion on something unexpected…

In my January post about the divvying up of Netto’s North East store estate following the chain’s acquisition by Asda, I made passing reference to Birtley’s former Safeway – a store … Continue Reading

Redcar’s original ex-Woolies – and a new real shop among the virtual ones

Original former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), Redcar (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Original former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), Redcar (4 May 2011)

One of my main motivations for visiting Redcar yesterday was to get a photo of the town’s original former Woolworths at 19 High Street, above, which – inexplicably – I’d failed to spot when I was there … Continue Reading

Remembering Byker Woolies’ Mr Corson and his Staff

Around the Stores (The New Bond, August 1949)

Around the Stores (The New Bond, August 1949)

I’ve mentioned Woolies’ old ‘house journal’, The New Bond, almost as often as I’ve written about the history of Byker’s Woolworths stores, so I was pleased to find a reference to the latter in a recently acquired edition … Continue Reading

Mystery of Shields Road ‘Woolies’ building solved

The building in question. Photograph by Graham Soult

The building in question

Since I first blogged about it just over a year ago under the heading ‘Is this shop in Shields Road, Byker an old Woolies?’, the history of the building in question at 47-49 Shields Road (pictured above) has prompted … Continue Reading

Eth-alworth Austin

Shuttered Ethel Austin store. Photograph by Graham Soult

Shuttered Ethel Austin store

As variety chain Alworths celebrates its first birthday today, the opening of stores in Newark and Maidenhead has now been confirmed for later this month – and both will be in former Ethel Austin premises. 

While a rump of 90 Ethel Austin stores were saved in April, and are gradually being converted to a … Continue Reading

Piecing together the history of Shields Road’s old Woolies

Former Woolworths in Shields Road. Photo from Newcastle City Council, P&T Image Archive

Former Woolworths in Shields Road. Photo from Newcastle City Council, P&T Image Archive

(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location, from 1927 until 1954)

Since I first wrote about back it in January, we’re still yet to establish whether the … Continue Reading

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail

New Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010)

Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene while I’ve been away. 

As well as Asda’s plans for the old Byker Woolies getting the … Continue Reading

Logging the North East’s long-closed former Woolies

Former Linthorpe Road Woolworths, Middlesbrough. Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Linthorpe Road Woolworths, Middlesbrough

Last week’s blog post about the long-closed former Woolworths in Benwell seems to have opened the floodgates to lots of comments and insights about other nearly-forgotten Woolies in the North East – many thanks indeed for all your contributions!

While Seamaster … Continue Reading

Finding old Woolworths stores in unlikely places, courtesy of The New Bond

Copies of The New Bond. Photograph by Graham Soult

Copies of The New Bond

One of the things I most love about researching retail history is the way that interesting stories can emerge from the tiniest leads.

As a Woolworths enthusiast, I’ve recently discovered that a fantastic starting point for retail history nuggets of a Woolies nature is The New Bond, the ‘house journal’ of F. W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd that was published between 1935 … Continue Reading

The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies

Still not sure if this is an old Woolies or not... (7 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Still not sure if this is an old Woolies or not… (7 Mar 2010)

(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location.)

Back in January I … Continue Reading

Lost in (Ethel) Austin?

Ethel Austin, Bishop Auckland. Photograph by Graham Soult

Ethel Austin, Bishop Auckland

Reports that value fashion retailer Ethel Austin and its sister homewares business, Au Naturale, are poised to enter administration – less than two years after both chains were rescued from previous administrations - is sad and disappointing news, as well as being quite surprising in its timing. 

True, there has been talk of an impending refinancing deal for … Continue Reading

Is this shop in Shields Road, Byker an old Woolies?

Is this an old Woolies? (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult

Is this an old Woolies? (27 Sep 2009)

(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location, from 1927 until 1954)

Here’s a retail history question for you – was this building (above), in Shields Road in Byker, once a Woolworths?

I spotted it … Continue Reading

Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 3 – North East)

Former Woolworths, Consett (10 Oct 2009)

Former Woolworths, Consett (10 Oct 2009)

After Parts 1 and 2 of my former Woolworths photo gallery, it’s time to finish up – at least for the moment – with some more shots of old Woolies sites up here in the North East.

First up is the former store in … Continue Reading