Showing posts with label Woolworths. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Woolworths. Show all posts

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Lost shops

Relics from a lost time.


Kwik Save in Barrow in Furness, Woolworths in Longton, Toys R Us in Preston, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea and Blockbuster in Manchester
Kwik Save in Barrow in Furness, Woolworths in Longton, Toys R Us in Preston, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea and Blockbuster in Manchester

Which lost brands do I need to track down next?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Old Woolworths sign in Ashton-under-Lyne

Finding an old mosaic tile logo at the former Woolworths on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne.


The mosaic tile logo at the old Woolworths on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester

This branch of Woolies opened in 1927. It closed in the 1960s.

The mosaic tile logo at the old Woolworths on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester

The building is now a charity shop for the Wooden Canal Boat Society.

The former Woolworths shop in Ashton Under Lyne

I found out about this old logo on the excellent Woolies Buildings blog.

The mosaic tile logo at the old Woolworths on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester

It's great to look up, down and all around while out exploring as you can see so many interesting things.

You can see still other remnants of Woolworths on the UK high street if you know where to look.

We visited the old Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent earlier this month. It's one of the few former Woolworths shops that has not been occupied since the brand's demise in January 2009.

We also spotted an old Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh on a minigolfing trip back in August 2011. That was the Big W Woolworths store at The Jewel retail park.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

A look at the old Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.


Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

Anyone want some Woolies Pick n' Mix?

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
A view of the shopfront on Market Street

The last Woolworths shop in the UK closed in January 2009 so it was brilliant to see this frontage looking fairly unchanged!

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
Lovely to spot this extra piece of old branding hidden in plain sight on the shopfront

It won't be like that for too much longer though as work is going on inside the unit and it'll soon be a totally lost store.

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
A look inside the store

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
A view down the side of the store in Longton Shopping Centre

Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
The secondary entrance / exit

Woolies in Longton

We first spotted the store in Longton while driving through the town last November. We were very surprised to see the branding still in place.

Woolworths Big W

We had a look at an old Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh back in August 2011. That was the Big W Woolworths store at The Jewel retail park.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Woolworths Pick n' Mix Crazy Golf

A look at the Woolworths Pick n' Mix Crazy Golf hole at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry.


The last Woolworths shop in the UK closed in January 2009 so we were amazed to see there was a sign still up at the old Stoke-on-Trent store last year.

There's a Woolworths-themed miniature golf hole at Teezers Retro Golf course in Coventry, we played that course in April 2019.

Woolworths Pick n' Mix Crazy Golf hole at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry


We also saw the remains of the Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh in 2011.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Woolworths in Brunstane, Edinburgh

A look at an old Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh.


The abandoned Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh in August 2011
The abandoned Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh in August 2011

My recent revisit to the old Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester reminded me of the old Woolworths shopfront we saw in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent last November. That in turn prompted me to look in our archives for the photos I took of the abandoned Big W Woolworths store at The Jewel retail park next to the railway station in Brunstane, Edinburgh, Scotland from 2011.

A closer look at the old entrance

Brunstane railway station on the left is dwarfed by the old abandoned Woolworths store on the right

The building is now home to The Range.

The last Woolworths


The last Woolworths shop in the UK closed in January 2009 so we were amazed to see the sign was still up at the Stoke-on-Trent store last year.

Ghost signs


We see a lot of ghost signs on shops and building on our travels. Many of these are from decades ago and they help tell the story of an area.

Unfortunately in the coming months and years we are likely to see a number of other brands disappear.

In addition to these Woolworths shops and the Blockbuster Video store we've seen the remnants of retail brands from recent years including Tandy in Hitchen, RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes and Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness.

Do you have a favourite brand from years gone by? Are the remains of an old brand still visible on a building where you live or work? Do let me know.

Woolworths Pick n' Mix


Interestingly there's a Woolworths-themed miniature golf hole at Teezers Retro Golf course in Coventry, we played that course in April last year.

A loop-di-loop obstable on a Pick n' Mix minigolf hole

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The British High Street, November 2019

Spotting a dead brand on a high street.


On my travels I always keep my eye out for interesting sights and while Emily and I were driving through Longton in Stoke-on-Trent I spotted a Woolworths!


Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
Woolworths in Longton

The last Woolworths shop in the UK closed in January 2009 so we were amazed to see the sign was still up.


The Woolworths on Market Street in Longton closed its doors for the final time on the 30th December 2008.

Looking online the former shop had an 'interesting' and 'alternative' use earlier this year!

On a related old retailer note I recently had a look at the old Blockbusters store in Fallowfield, Manchester.