Category: Woolworths

Fascia of 'Not Woolworths' in Coatbridge (4 Dec 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Woolworths: How speculation about its “return to the high street” all began with a dodgy April Fool


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If you’ve read the news headlines over the last couple of days, you could be forgiven for thinking that Woolworths is about to come back...

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1960s postcard of Morpeth Woolworths 0

A brief history of Morpeth Woolworths


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As you’d probably expect, I get my fair share of Woolworths-related enquiries, given that I’ve written (and talked) so much about the retailer’s long and...

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Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

New Gateshead Poundland to open on 29 March – with existing store retained for now


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One of the eight new Poundland stores scheduled to open by the end of March is the long-awaited branch at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development, which Poundland’s...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Argyle Street, Glasgow (20 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies'” success?


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As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in...

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Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe, with improved public realm (5 Jan 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Five years after closure, Newton Aycliffe Woolworths may soon be occupied


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If you’ve managed to miss me hogging the airwaves this morning – on BBC Radio 5 Live (which you can listen to here), Wales, Scotland,...

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Former Woolworths (now Boyes), Bishop Auckland (19 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Five years on from Woolies’ collapse, Boyes signs for the Coalville store


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It’s hard to believe that it’s five years ago today – on 26 November 2008 – that Woolworths collapsed into administration after trading in the...

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Original Woolworths (now A&S Discount Store), Byker (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

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


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The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – The High Main – opens at 63 Shields Road on 22...

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Vacant section of Darlington's ex-Woolworths at 18 Northgate (3 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Tracking down Darlington’s original Woolworths – 73 years after it relocated


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Never one to let a good Woolworths anniversary pass me by, today – 20 September 2013 – represents 73 years since Darlington’s Woolworths store relocated...

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Former Woolworths, Morden, London (1 March 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Opened on 8 July 1933, what’s become of the ex-Woolworths in Morden?


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Regular readers will know that I always enjoy an obscure Woolworths anniversary, and today represents the 80th anniversary of the now-defunct chain opening its 498th store,...

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Postcard of Campbell Place, Stoke-upon-Trent, c1953, with Majestic Buildings on the right 6

Eighty-five years on: tracking down the ex-Woolworths in Stafford and Stoke


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An anniversary is always as good an excuse as any to write a Woolworths-related blog post, and if you were around 85 years ago today...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Inverness (4 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Ex-Woolies spotting in Inverness, Dingwall and Blairgowrie


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If you like looking at shops and high streets, going on holiday to north west Sutherland, in Scotland – as I did earlier this month – isn’t...

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Stuart Kew's Forgotten London Woolworths blog (16 Mar 2013) 0

Hunting for long-gone Woolies stores in Harrow and Sudbury Hill


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It’s been great to see a new Woolworths-related history blog appear this week, courtesy of longstanding former Woolies staff member Stuart Kew. His blog, Forgotten...

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Former Woolworths and Poundsworth, Girvan (21 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

I’ve now visited and tracked a quarter of the ex-Woolies estate – but what have they all become?


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Headlines: 214 ex-Woolworths stores visited, out of the 807 that closed following its collapse Of those, only 12 currently empty (6%) 7 continually empty (3%)...

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Nipper logo at HMV in Coventry (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Nipper on the brink: is there a future for HMV, and do we care?


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If reports tonight are to be believed, it looks like the 92-year-old entertainment retailer HMV could collapse into administration tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January), putting around 235 stores and...

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New Tiger store, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (22 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Celtic Tiger: the Danish variety retailer prepares for Glasgow store opening


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If you follow my tweets you’ll know that I’ve spent the middle part of this week in Glasgow, taking time to explore the Ayrshire coast...

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Detail of late 1950s Valentine's postcard of Bondgate Within, Alnwick 0

Fifties postcard confirms location of original Alnwick Woolworths


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Back in April I blogged about the apparent location of Alnwick’s original Woolworths, where the chain traded for the first fifteen years of its 55-year...

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Former Woolworths (now Evitavonni), Farnham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Steve Hack 2

Farnham, home to Britain’s poshest ex-Woolies (just don’t try to photograph it)


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While former Woolworths up and down the country now play host to Poundland and B&M Bargains – with just the occasional Waitrose – the Surrey town...

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