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Store Locations

A number of site visitors have suggested that we should include a list of store names and addresses, which they feel would be helpful to local historians. In response we have prepared three documents, which are available for download from this page.

 

The F.W. Woolworth store at 152/154 Golders Green Road, London, NW11 pictured in 1971

Until 1971 the Company's proud boast was that only Mr Hitler had ever closed a Woolworth store. Executives had persevered with loss-making locations, often investing to try to secure a turnaround. The expense of converting to decimal currency forced a change in policy, prompting the sale of a number of freehold branches between 1970 and 1973. This store name and address list, which was first published in 1972, is the most comprehensive directory of British and Irish Woolworth stores, including even the branches the branches that had recently closed. The document is in Adobe PDF format.

Download the 1972 Store List.    Download a free copy of Adobe Reader.

 

The large Woolworths store in Regent Street, Swindon, which served the town from 1913 until 2008


Many of the large branches were closed and sold after the chain was taken over by Paternoster Stores (Kingfisher). But by the 1990s the new owners had started to open smaller outlets in the towns and cities abandonned in the Eighties.

The second list shows the names and addresses of the 800 stores operating in 1995, and also includes a list of the branches closed after the chain was taken over. This list includes an alphabetical index of the towns severed by a Woolies.

Download the 1995 Store List.

 

The ill-fated Woolworths store in Bitterne near Southampton, opened with much love and hope in November 2008 and closed just weeks later when the chain unexpectedly collapsed into Administration

 

 

The final list shows the 818 British and Northern Irish stores that were trading in November 2008, when the business collapsed into Administration, as well as a handful of experimental shops-within-shops in the larger branches of the Somerfield supermarket chain.

Download the 2008 Store List.