End of an era as Newcastle Woolworths signage comes down

Graham Soult

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7 Responses

  1. Val says:

    A photo from a year ago of the Newgate Street entrance shows the double layered lettering with gold underneath the red.


    Maybe it was the same on Clayton Street?

  2. Jonny says:

    @Graham Soult Perhaps we’ll have to chalk it up as one of life’s (or the North East’s) many mysteries!

    I noticed t’other day that one piece of retro branding remains resolutely attached to the building – the burglar alarm is still sporting a 70s/80s “woolmark” symbol.

    Do I need to stay in more? :P

  3. John Bloomfield says:

    When my Mam worked for them in the early nineties the uniform and primary colour if most things was turquoise, the logo was “woolworths” in red with strong gold piping/edging to the lettering

  4. Lizzie P says:

    The fall of this brand is a sad one – I have so many childhood memories of it (particularly the pick n’ mix section unsurprisingly) it’s a shame to see it go

  5. Graham Soult says:

    That’s an interesting question, Jonny, and one I have no immediate answer to.

    To be honest, I hadn’t really computed that the signage was gold – I’d always assumed it was very old red lettering that had faded :)

  6. Jonny says:

    Odd musing but it’s always baffled me as to why the signage was gold. I *think* the Durham Market Place store may have also boasted such a coloured logo before its final refurbishment.

    Was there a particular era when Woolworths stores opted for gold over the more familiar red that I’ve been completely ignorant to? Official policy or strange anomalies?

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