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On the hunt for Houghton-le-Spring’s original Woolworths

Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring (13 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring (13 Mar 2012)

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know by now that Woolworths in its prime had a long record of modernising its estate: both in terms of redeveloping existing sites (such as Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Road), and, as in … Continue Reading

M&Co and the ex-Woolies in Sidmouth and Sherborne

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Sherborne (5 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Sherborne (5 Sep 2011)

In previous posts, I’ve noted the difficulty I have in finding time to blog about all the former Woolworths sites that I’ve visited – not a great surprise, now that I’ve passed the 200 mark!

Though I previously mentioned its … 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

Houghton has a le-Spring in its step – the changing fortunes of the North East’s ex-Woolies sites

Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe (1 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe (1 Mar 2011)

With a dwindling number of empty Woolworths stores remaining in the North East, it doesn’t take too long to check out whether anything’s happening on the ground.

I … Continue Reading

The ghosts of Washington’s former Woolworths

Former Woolworths (now Heron Foods), New Washington (Concord) (17 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Heron Foods), New Washington (Concord) (17 Jun 2010)

Back in February, I blogged about the former Woolworths store in Sunderland’s Fawcett Street, which closed in 2004 following its acquisition by Primark.

At the time, I noted the curious lack of Woolies stores left on Wearside … Continue Reading

Sunderland’s old Woolies – a survivor almost to the end

Former Woolworths (now Primark), Sunderland (21 Nov 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Primark), Sunderland (21 Nov 2009)

In an earlier post, I talked about some of the large, city centre Woolworths stores – such as the branches on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street and Sheffield’s Haymarket – that were closed down in the 1980s as the retailer trimmed its ranges and focused on generally smaller shops.  

However, one flagship Woolies that lasted … Continue Reading

Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 1)

Former Woolworths in Houghton-le-Spring

Former Woolworths in Houghton-le-Spring

Though I can’t claim to make a habit of visiting six old Woolies stores in the same day (including Houghton-le-Spring, above), I have managed to build up a pretty good collection of former Woolworths pics over the last year or so – snapping them as I spot them, and, it must be admitted, making the occasional detour expressly to get another one.

I figured that it … Continue Reading

How many former Woolworths can Graham visit in one day?

How about SIX?

Former Woolworths, Redcar

Former Woolworths, Redcar (17 Sep 2009)

Stop one is High Street in Redcar, where the former Woolworths store has recently become a branch of the Yorkshire Trading Company. As always seems to be the case with old Woolies stores, it still looks and feels much like a Woolworths inside, and appears to sell a similar range of goods – homewares, gardening products, confectionery, and the like. However, when I visited there … Continue Reading