Tagged: Woolworths

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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Former Woolworths (now BHS), Queen Street, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 14

Cardiff city centre’s lost Woolworths


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Paying my first visit to Cardiff in twenty years last week, I couldn’t resist tracking down the city centre’s former Woolworths locations – despite the...

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Promotion for Crawley store on Wilkinson website (15 Aug 2012) 0

New-concept Wilko opens in Crawley’s ex-TJ Hughes store


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Wilkinson’s “newest and most exciting concept store” has opened at 14-26 The Broadway in Crawley this morning (15 August). Designed to “offer the community a...

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Former Woolworths (now Peacocks), Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

The discount retailers dominating Suffolk’s ex-Woolworths sites


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Alongside its new-look Clintons, the Suffolk town of Stowmarket seems to have come off fairly well from recent retail administrations. Earlier this year, its ex-Woolworths managed...

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Site of original Woolworths, High Street, Spennymoor (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Reflections on Spennymoor High Street, 85 years to the day from Woolworths’ arrival


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I suspect it will have passed the townsfolk by, but today – 13 August – is the 85th anniversary of Woolworths opening in the County Durham...

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Wilkinson, Newcastle (28 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s revamped Wilkinson is better and brighter


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Since Wilkinson, the family-owned hardware and variety chain, quietly launched its new logo and store format over three years ago, the refreshed look seems to have...

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New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012) 1

Heron Foods launches new website and plots further expansion


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Heron Foods, the Hull-based discount supermarket chain, has launched a new website as it takes its first steps into cyberspace. Described by Retail Week in...

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Former Woolworths (now BrightHouse), Fleetwood (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fleetwood’s former and phantom Woolworths


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As I mentioned earlier, I paid a long-overdue visit to the North West last week, visiting smaller towns such as Prescot and St Helens as...

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Former Woolworths (now Poundland and Mountain Warehouse), Cirencester (13 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Cirencester’s ex-Woolworths: a window on the rise of discounters


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I often talk about how the fate of ex-Woolworths stores provides a fascinating ‘window’ on the changing high street, and the ex-Woolies in Cirencester (store #394) –...

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Postcard of unknown Woolworths shopfront, 2 April 1938 2

A Woolworths staff photo from 1938 – but can you identify the location?


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The last time I shared an old photograph of an unidentified Woolworths store, Soult’s Retail View readers were quick to identify it as the original Woolies...

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c1915 postcard of the Electric Theatre (later Woolworths), Burnham-on-Sea 2

Woolies spotting in Somerset: a cinema, a bank, a hardware store and a fashion discounter


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With a visit to Taunton on the schedule for later this month, it seems an appropriate time to write about the Somerset ex-Woolworths stores that I’ve already...

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Poundstretcher (formerly Woolworths and Alworths), Tiverton (9 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

From textured berber to veggie burgers: new uses for Devon’s old Woolworths


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With another shop-spotting visit to Devon scheduled for later this month, now seems like an opportune time to share the ex-Woolies photos that I took...

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Former Woolworths (now Iceland), Monmouth (8 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Monmouth’s ex-Woolies and its place in our retail heritage


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On 9 April 1932, Woolworths opened its doors in Monmouth, in Wales. Today – the 80th anniversary – therefore seems like a good time to...

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Heron Foods (former Woolworths), Wallsend (19 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Wallsend’s Woolies history – from High Street West to High Street East


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Over the last few weeks I’ve highlighted some of the North East towns – including Houghton-le-Spring and Alnwick – where Woolworths originally opened in one location...

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Original Woolworths location, Alnwick (31 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Historic Alnwick’s original Woolworths – and a modern-day successor in Wilkinson


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In the same way as Houghton-le-Spring’s Woolworths was originally in a different location to where it ended up, I recently discovered that Alnwick, too, has...

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Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring (13 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

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


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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...

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Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Sherborne (5 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

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


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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...

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Poundworld and Discount UK store, Swindon (2 Mar 2012). Photograph by Lee Sartin 4

Fascia treatment of Poundworld’s 2-in-1 Swindon store revealed


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Many thanks to Soult’s Retail View reader Lee Sartin, who has sent in a picture of the dual-fascia Poundworld and Discount UK store that opened...

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