The Woolworths Museum

Woolworth's Commercial Road, Portsmouth

from street-side

Architect's drawing of the F.W. Woolworth store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK


The planned frontage for a store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, to replace the Woolworth's destroyed by enemy action during World War II, as drawn by Harold Winbourne, the Company Architect in 1948


The store front from Commercial Road. The building works were completed a stage at a time so that the store could open as soon as possible.


When the store first opened in 1950, building work on the upper floors and rear of the salesfloor was still continuing. The work completed on schedule in 1953.


Icons of a bygone age, Woolworths and Littlewoods stores stand side by side in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK in 2004. Today the stores are a museum piece, while the brands live on as part of Shop Direct Group


In 2004 Woolworths and Littlewoods stores stood side by side in Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Both later became brands of the respected on-line retailer Shop Direct Group, which has morphed into Very Group Ltd. Littlewoods survives as a website, while Woolworths is currently 'retired'.


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Building the store


Grand staircase



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1950s Gallery



Grand re-openings


H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation


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Interactive Fifties Store


Embassy Records cover story


Digital Jukebox


Advent of self-service


Commonwealth Openings


Zimbabwe Album


Caribbean Album


Fiftieth birthday celebrations


A warning from the USA


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