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Woolies Watch: What happened to your local Woolworths?

New research shows that 60% of former Woolworths stores have been let. Retail Week is monitoring local reports of the impact these new store openings are having in communities across Britain.

New research from CB Richard Ellis shows that close to 60% of the more than 800 former Woolworths stores have been letor are under offer.

Discount retailers have led the way, acquiring 37% of the Woolies portfolio, the CBRE research showed. Grocers accounted for 31% of shops while fashion retailers snapped up 15%.

Iceland has led the way, snapping up 57 former Woolies stores. B&M Bargains, 99p Stores, Heron Foods, and Home Bargains have also expanded their portfolios by acquiring many units once occupied by Woolworths.

The rate of take-up of the vacant Woolworth stores “has proved much more rapid than news reports suggest”, according to CBRE report. In July, research conducted by The Local Data Company for The Times found that most former Woolies stores were still vacant but CBRE explains the discrepancy by saying that the original Local Data Company research didn’t include stores under offer.

For the last few months, Retail Week has monitored the local press for reports of the impact of new retailers moving into the often prime high street premises once occupied by Woolworth stores.

Wellworths and other rebirths

The highest-profile reopening came in the spring, when former Woolworths store manager Claire Robertson re-opened the Dorchester branch as Wellworths. A BBC documentary about the Wellworths project aired in April, and television crews from around Europe flocked to the Dorset town to follow suit.

Robertson has inspired others. In Stornoway, a new locally-owned Woolworths-like retailer, WeeW, opened on the site of the local M&Co, which in turn had moved into the former Woolworths site. Run by former Woolworths manager Terry Ovenstone and advised by the team behind the Dorchester Wellworths, WeeW planned to use many former Woolworth suppliers.

And in Chippenham, Wiltshire, a local entrepreneur is reportedly drawing up a business plan to launch an independent pick-and-mix store similar to Robertson’s Wellworths.

Rumours that Sir Geoff Mulcahy and former Woolworths managing director Tony Page were working on a plan to launch 200-strong chain of “Woolworths-style” stores have so far borne little fruit.

Huge demand for new retail jobs

Around the country, strong demand for jobs in new stores opening in former Woolworths units have highlighted the effect of the recession on local economies.

The biggest crush came in June when 1,800 people queued to apply for just 25 jobs at a new QD Store in Wellingborough’s former Woolworths.

In Carlisle, B&M Bargains received more than 500 applications to work in its new store in the Cumbrian town’s former Woolies. It later created 40 additional jobs in the store.

Home Bargains similarly drew 500 applications for the 30 jobs at its new store in Galashiels. Some former Woolworths employees in the area later accused Home Bargains parent TJ Morris of reneging on a pledge to re-employ as many ex-Woolies staff as they could.

In Workington, Sports Direct delayeda planned April opening until June, in part to deal with the influx of applications from people eager to work at the store, the Times & Star reported.

When B&M Bargains took over the a new 21,000 sq ft unit in Chorley, Lancashire, it received 120 applications for the 40 jobs it created.

Other highlights

  • The 16,000 sq ft former Woolworths unit in Burnley was taken over by the YMCA to create what is reportedly Britain’s largest charity shop.
  • In Watford, the local council purchased the 45,000 sq ft, three-floor former Woolworths. As the Watford Observer reports, the move has not been uncontroversial, since the council has refused to reveal how much public money was spent on the unit.
  • In Warrington, the former store Woolies has been taken on by a firm called Asco Ltd, which plans to open a supermarket in October. The company’s operations manager Dave Laney told the Warrington Guardian: “We have plans to open between 25 to 30 supermarket style stores over the next three years particularly in the north of England.”

Help us complete the picture: So far, we know the stories behind the more than 200 former Woolworths units listed below. Do you know what happened to the Woolworths store in your area? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

LocationRetailerDetails
AberdareB&M BargainsDetails
AberdeenTopman/Topshop and River Island 
AbergavennyB&M BargainsDetails
AbergeleDiskosDetails
AbertilleryEmptyDetails
AberystwythPoundlandDetails
AbingdonCargoDetails
AccringtonOswaldtwistle MillsDetails
Acocks Green  
AddiscombeEmptyDetails
Addlestone  
AirdriePoundlandDetails
Aldershot99p StoreDetails
AlfretonEmptyDetails
AlloaPoundlandDetails
AlnwickM&CoDetails
AltonIcelandDetails
Altrincham Details
AmershamAlworthsDetails
AmmanfordIcelandDetails
AndoverPoundlandDetails
Antrim  
ArbroathEmptyDetails
ArchwayIcelandDetails
ArmaghEthel Austin (?) 
Ashby De La ZouchCostaDetails
Ashford, Kent99p StoresDetails
AshingtonHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
Ashton Under Lyne  
Aveley EstateEmptyDetails
AylesburyRiver IslandDetails
Ayr  
Balham, London99p StoresDetails
Ballymena  
Banbridge  
BanburyH&MDetails
Bangor, Co DownB&M BargainsDetails
Bangor, WalesBootsDetails
BansteadWaitroseDetails
Bargoed  
BarkingEthel Austin, Au Naturale 
BarkingsideVeena’sDetails
BarmouthOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Barnard CastleHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
BarnsleyIcelandDetails
BarnstapleWilkinsonDetails
BarnstapleWilkinsonDetails
Barrow-In-FurnessPoundlandDetails
Barry99p StoresDetails
BasildonPoundlandDetails
Basingstoke  
BathSainsbury’sDetails
BathgatePoundmartDetails
Batley  
Beaconsfield  
Bearwood  
BecclesQD StoresDetails
Beckton  
Bedford  
Bedminster  
BedworthEmptyDetails
Belfast (Yorkgate)TJ HughesDetails
BelfastPoundstretcherDetails
Bell GreenRiley’s Carpets and FurnitureDetails
Belle ValeStore 21Details
Bellshill  
BelperIcelandDetails
Berwick Upon TweedHome BargainsDetails
Bethnal GreenIcelandDetails
BeverleyBootsDetails
Bexhill On SeaIcelandDetails
BexleyheathEmpty 
BicesterIcelandDetails
BiggleswadeEmptyDetails
BillericayIcelandDetails
BillinghamEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
BilstonArgosDetails
Birkenhead  
Birmingham  
Birmingham  
Bishop Aukland  
Bishops StortfordQD StoresDetails
BitterneEmptyDetails
BlackburnMarks & SpencerDetails
BlackheathHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
BlackpoolJD Wetherspoon 
Blackpool, Bank Hey StreetEmptyDetails
Blackpool, Talbot RoadHome BargainsDetails
Blackwood  
BlairgowriePoundsworthDetails
Blandford ForumIcelandDetails
BloxwichBrightHouseDetails
BlythPerfect HomeDetails
BodminIcelandDetails
Bognor RegisWilkinsonDetails
Bolton  
BonessEmpty 
BootleB&M BargainsDetails
Boreham WoodIcelandDetails
Boscombe  
BostonQD StoresDetails
BourneHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
BowIcelandDetails
Bracknell  
Bradford  
BraintreeIcelandDetails
Bramhall  
Brechin  
BreconOriginal Factory ShopDetails
BridgendPoundlandDetails
BridgnorthOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Bridgwater  
BridlingtonStar BuysDetails
BridportSparDetails
Brierley Hill  
BrighouseYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
BrightonH&MDetails
Brighton (London Road)99p StoresDetails
Bristol  
Bristol - FiltonEthel Austin, Au Naturale 
Bristol, Imperial ParkWhat Stores LtdDetails
BrixtonH&M and T MobileDetails
BroadstairsIcelandDetails
BroadwaterEmptyDetails
Bromley99p StoresDetails
Bromsgrove  
Broughty Ferry  
BuchanEmptyDetails
BuckinghamM&CoDetails
BulwellB&M BargainsDetails
BurnleyYMCA charity shopDetails
Burnt Oak (Edgware)  
BurslemEmptyDetails
Burton On TrentEmptyDetails
Bury St EdmundsPoundland, TescoDetails
Buxton  
BykerDecorflairDetails
CaernarfonEmptyDetails
Caerphilly  
CamberleyEmpty 
Camberwell (Denmark Hill)PeacocksDetails
Camborne  
CambridgeQD StoresDetails
Camden TownSports DirectDetails
CampbeltownOriginal Factory StoreDetails
CannockEmptyDetails
CanterburyPoundlandDetails
Canvey99p StoresDetails
Canvey Island99p StoresDetails
Cardiff (Albany Road)Home Bargains 
Cardiff (Clifton Street)Tesco Express 
Cardiff (Cowbridge Rd East)Home Bargains 
CardiganOriginal Factory ShopDetails
CarlisleB&M BargainsDetails
CarmarthenHypaXtraDetails
Castle Douglas  
CastlefordPoundworldDetails
CaterhamCo-operative Group 
Chadwell Heath  
ChardStore Twenty OneDetails
ChathamPrimark 
Cheetham HillMatalan 
ChelmsfordThe Entertainer 
Chelmsley Wood  
CheltenhamNew LookDetails
ChepstowOriginal Factory ShopDetails
ChertseyCo-opDetails
Chester  
Chester Le StreetEmptyDetails
Chesterfield  
ChichesterBootsDetails
ChigwellEmptyDetails
Chingford Mount99p StoresDetails
ChippenhamCosta & PoundlandDetails
ChorleyB&M BargainsDetails
Chorlton Cum Hardy  
Christchurch99p Stores 
Cinderford  
CirencesterM&CoDetails
Clapham High StBoots 
Cleethorpes  
ClevedonProper JobDetails
CleveleysHome BargainsDetails
Cliftonindoor marketDetails
Cliftonbingo hall and amusement arcadeDetails
CliftonvilleEmptyDetails
ClitheroeWH SmithDetails
Clydebank  
CoalvilleEmpty 
CoatbridgeEthel Austin 
ColchesterEmptyDetails
ColerainePeacocksDetails
Colwyn BayEmptyDetails
CongletonB&M BargainsDetails
ConnswaterPoundstretcherDetails
ConsettBrightHouseDetails
ConwySparDetails
CorbyEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
Corstorphine  
Cosham  
Cotteridge  
CoulsdonTesco ExpressDetails
CoventryHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
CoventryPoundlandDetails
CowdenbeathPoundstretcherDetails
CowesEmptyDetails
Cowley99p StoresDetails
CrawleyPoundlandDetails
CrewkerneEmptyDetails
CromerIcelandDetails
Cross GatesIcelandDetails
Crouch EndWaitroseDetails
CrowboroughEmptyDetails
CroydonH&MDetails
Crystal PalaceEmptyDetails
Cumbernauld  
CuparPound-MartDetails
Cwmbran  
Dagenham  
DalkeithB&M BargainsDetails
DarlingtonEmptyDetails
Dartmouth  
Dawlish  
DealPoundlandDetails
Debden EstateOriginal Factory ShopDetails
DenbighEmptyDetails
Derby  
Derby (Westfield)TJ HughesDetails
DerehamPoundlandDetails
DevizesIcelandDetails
Dewsbury  
DidcotAlworthsDetails
DingwallOriginal Factory ShopDetails
DissCarpetrightDetails
DoncasterEmptyDetails
DorchesterWellworthsDetails
Dorking  
DouglasEmptyDetails
DoverPeacocksDetails
DovercourtIcelandDetails
DownhamEmpty 
Driffield  
Dudley“mini shopping mall”Details
Dumbarton  
DumfriesIcelandDetails
Dundee  
Dungannon  
DunoonHome Hardware ScotlandDetails
DunstableEmptyDetails
DurhamTescoDetails
Earlstown  
East DerehamPoundland 
East Grinstead99p storeDetails
East HamPoundlandDetails
East KilbrideEmptyDetails
East MoleseyCarpetrightDetails
EastleighEmptyDetails
Eastwood  
Ebbw Vale  
Edgware99p StoresDetails
Edgware (Station Road)  
EdinburghPoundstrecher 
Edinburgh (Big W)  
EghamEmptyDetails
Elephant And Castle  
ElginPoundlandDetails
Ellesmere Port  
Elm ParkTesco ExpressDetails
Eltham99p StoresDetails
ElyPound SuperstoreDetails
EnfieldHome SolutionsDetails
Enfield Highway  
Enniskillen  
Epsom  
ErdingtonB&M BargainsDetails
ErithEmpty 
Evesham  
ExeterWilkinsonDetails
ExmouthIcelandDetails
FakenhamWarehouse Clearance ShopsDetails
FalkirkEmptyDetails
FalmouthEmptyDetails
FarehamNextDetails
FarnboroughPoundlandDetails
FarnhamEmpty 
Farnworth  
FavershamHome Bargains (?)Details
FelixstowePeacocksDetails
Fishponds  
Fleet  
Fleetwood  
FlintEmptyDetails
Folkstone99p storeDetails
ForfarPound-Mart 
Fort WilliamMountain WarehouseDetails
FraserburghIcelandDetails
FromeIcelandDetails
Gainsborough  
GalashielsHome BargainsDetails
GatesheadEmptyDetails
Gateshead  
Gillingham  
Gillingham  
Girvan  
GlasgowPoundlandDetails
Glasgow (Argyle St)EmptyDetails
Glasgow (Byres Rd)Tesco ExpressDetails
Glasgow (Dunbarton Rd)West End MarketsDetails
Glasgow (Shawlands)B&M BargainsDetails
GlastonburyEarthfareDetails
Glenrothes  
Glossop  
GloucesterMarks and SpencerDetails
GodalmingM&CoDetails
Goole  
GosforthCo-opDetails
GosportEmptyDetails
Grantham  
Gravesend  
Grays  
Great MalvernIcelandDetails
Great YarmouthEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
GreenfordIcelandDetails
Greenock  
GrimsbyNew LookDetails
GuernseyCreasey’sDetails
GuildfordEmpty (TK Maxx?) 
HackneyIcelandDetails
Hadleigh  
HailshamIcelandDetails
Hailsham  
Halesowen99p StoresDetails
HalifaxWaremartDetails
Halifax  
HalsteadThing-Me-BobsDetails
Hamilton  
HanleyTJ HughesDetails
HarboroughEmptyDetails
HarlowEmptyDetails
Harold HillIcelandDetails
HarrogateBootsDetails
Harrow  
HartlepoolEmptyDetails
Haslemere  
HastingsSports DirectDetails
Haverfordwest99p storeDetails
HaverhillIcelandDetails
HawickFarmfoodsDetails
Hayes  
Hayes  
Haywards HeathCo-operative GroupDetails
HeanorLighthouse Charity ShopDetails
Heckmondwike  
HelensburghWilkiesDetails
HelstonOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Hemel HempsteadEmptyDetails
HenleySainsbury’sDetails
Hereford  
Herne BayIcelandDetails
Hertford  
Heswall  
HexhamIcelandDetails
High WycombePoundworldDetails
HighgateIcelandDetails
HillsboroughHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
HinckleyB&M BargainsDetails
HitchinEmptyDetails
Hoddesdon  
HolbeachEmptyDetails
HolyheadEmptyDetails
HolywellEmptyDetails
HonitonIcelandDetails
Hook (Chessington)  
Horncastle  
Hornchurch  
Houghton Le SpringEmptyDetails
Hounslow  
HovePeacocksDetails
HuddersfieldEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
HullEthel Austin, Au NaturelDetails
HunstantonM & CoDetails
HuntingdonEmptyDetails
HydePoundstretcherDetails
HytheEmptyDetails
IlfordWilkinsonDetails
Ilkeston  
IlkleyCafŽ NeroDetails
InvernessPoundlandDetails
IpswichEmpty 
IrvineWilkinsonDetails
JarrowStore Twenty OneDetails
JerseyNew LookDetails
JohnstoneEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
KeighleyEmpty 
KendalHome BargainsDetails
KenilworthWH SmithDetails
Kentish Town, LondonSainsbury’sDetails
KentonAV LoungeDetails
Keswick  
KetteringQD StoresDetails
Kidderminster  
Kilburn High RoadIcelandDetails
Kilmarnockconverted to 2 storesDetails
Kings HeathPoundlandDetails
Kings LynnWilkinsonsDetails
Kingsbridge  
KingsburyFruitasiaDetails
Kingstanding  
Kingston Upon ThamesClas OhlsonDetails
KingswinfordCooltraderDetails
Kingswood (Bristol)British Heart FoundationDetails
KirkcaldyPeacocksDetails
Kirkintilloch  
Kirkwall  
Lanark  
LancasterTK MaxxDetails
Lancing  
LargsB&M Bargains 
Leamington SpaH&MDetails
LedburyEmptyDetails
LedburyWell Worth ItDetails
Lee  
LeedsHome BargainsDetails
LeekYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
LeighEmptyDetails
Leigh On Sea  
Leigh Park  
Leighton Buzzard99p StoresDetails
Leith  
LeominsterWHSmithDetails
LetchworthEmptyDetails
LevenEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
LewesEmpty 
LewishamPoundland 
LeytonIcelandDetails
LeytonstoneTemporary galleryDetails
LichfieldB&M BargainsDetails
LisburnB&M BargainsDetails
LiskeardEmptyDetails
LittlehamptonIcelandDetails
Liverpool (Church street)Knock-through to Liverpool OneDetails
Liverpool  
Liverpool  
LivingstonEmpty 
LlandudnoPublishers Book ClearanceDetails
LlanelliEthel AustinDetails
LocheePoundstretcherDetails
LondonderryEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
Long Eaton  
LongtonEmptyDetails
LoughboroughTescoDetails
LoughtonEmpty 
LouthBargain Buys 
Lower Edmonton  
LowestoftQD StoresDetails
LudlowSparDetails
LurganPoundstretcherDetails
LydneyOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Lyme RegisTesco ExpressDetails
Lymington99p StoresDetails
LythamTesco ExpressDetails
MacclesfieldIcelandDetails
Macclesfield  
MaestegRichleys & StewartsDetails
Magherafelt  
MaghullB&M BargainsDetails
MaidenheadWilkinsonDetails
MaidstoneEmpty 
Maldon  
MaltonW H SmithDetails
MalvernIcelandDetails
Manchester  
Mansfield  
MarchHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
MargateEmptyDetails
Market DraytonEmptyDetails
Market HarboroughNew LookDetails
Marlboroughcut-price Christmas shopDetails
MaryportOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Mastrick  
MatlockIcelandDetails
MatlockEmptyDetails
MayportOriginal Factory ShopDetails
Melksham  
Melton MowbrayYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
Mere Green  
Merthyr TydfilB&M BargainsDetails
Metro CentreTK MaxxDetails
Mexborough  
Middlesbrough HillstreetWaremartDetails
Milford HavenChristmas market?Details
Mill HillIcelandDetails
Milton KeynesTK MaxxDetails
MineheadIcelandDetails
MoldB&M BargainsDetails
MoldB&M BargainsDetails
MonmouthIcelandDetails
Montrose  
MorayEmpty (Poundland?)Details
MordenTimmy’s Worth It! 
MorecambeB&M BargainsDetails
MorpethIcelandDetails
Morpeth  
MorristonIcelandDetails
Motherwell  
MusselburghB&M BargainsDetails
Muswell Hill99p StoresDetails
NailseaThe Original Factory ShopDetails
NairnNickel & DimeDetails
NantwichB&M BargainsDetails
NantwichB&M BargainsDetails
NeathPoundlandDetails
Nelson  
New Addington99p StoresDetails
New Ferry  
New Maldentemporary storeDetails
New MiltonAlworthsDetails
NewarkSuperdrug, Dorothy PerkinsDetails
NewburyWilkinsonDetails
Newcastle99p StoresDetails
Newcastle Under Lyme99p StoresDetails
Newcastle-upon-TyneEmptyDetails
NewhavenAlworthsDetails
NewmarketQD StoresDetails
NewportB&M BargainsDetails
Newport PagnellEmptyDetails
Newquay  
NewryEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
Newton Aycliffe  
NewtownCarpetrightDetails
NewtownardsIcelandDetails
North BerwickPoundstretcherDetails
North CheamCarpetrightDetails
North FinchleyPoundlandDetails
North ShieldsCramlington TextilesDetails
North WalshamQD StoresDetails
NorthallertonWilkinsonDetails
Northampton  
NorthendenCooltraderDetails
Northfield  
Northwich  
Norwich  
Notting HillPoundlandDetails
NottinghamPoundworldDetails
NuneatonEmptyDetails
Oban  
Old Swan  
Oldfield Park  
Oldham  
OrmskirkIcelandDetails
Orpington  
OswestryHome BargainsDetails
Oswestry  
OtleyYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
OxtedSouthern Co-operativeDetails
Paignton99p storeDetails
Palmers GreenIcelandDetails
Parkstone89p More For LessDetails
PeckhamPoundlandDetails
Pembroke Dock  
PenarthSainsbury’sDetails
Penge99p StoresDetails
PenrithB&M BargainsDetails
PenzancePoundlandDetails
Perth  
PeterboroughEmptyDetails
PeterheadIcelandDetails
Peterlee  
Petersfield99p StoresDetails
Petts Wood  
Pinner  
Pinner (Rayner’s Lane)IcelandDetails
PlumsteadIcelandDetails
PlymouthEmptyDetails
Plymstock  
Pontefract  
PontypoolIcelandDetails
PontypriddB&M BargainsDetails
PooleThis Is ItDetails
PoplarIcelandDetails
Poplar  
Port Glasgow  
Port Talbot  
PortadownEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
Porth  
PorthcawlB&M Bargains 
Porthmadog  
PortmadogOriginal Factory ShopDetails
PortsladeIcelandDetails
Portsmouth  
Portsmouth  
Potters BarCarpetrightDetails
PrescotEthel AustinDetails
PrestatynHome BargainsDetails
PrestatynHome BargainsDetails
PrestonNextDetails
Prestwick  
PudseyB&M BargainsDetails
PutneyTK MaxxDetails
PwllheliOriginal Factory ShopDetails
RadfordNewey’sDetails
Ramsgate  
Rawtenstall  
RayleighrestaurantDetails
ReadingClas OhlsonDetails
RedcarYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
RedditchEmptyDetails
RedhillWilkinson 
Retford  
RhylB&M BargainsDetails
Richmond  
RingwoodIcelandDetails
Ripon  
Rochdale  
Romford  
Romford  
RomseyCo-operative GroupDetails
Rose Hill Sutton  
Ross On WyeCarpetrightDetails
Rotherham  
RotherhamB&M BargainsDetails
RothesayOriginal Factory ShopDetails
RoystonEmptyDetails
Rugby99p Stores 
Rugeley Details
RuislipTesco ExpressDetails
Runcorn  
RushdenJ&S RecyclingDetails
RustingtonOriginal Factory ShopDetails
RutherglenPound-Mart 
RydeM&CoDetails
RyeEmptyDetails
Saffron WaldenEmptyDetails
Salford  
SalisburyNew LookDetails
Saltcoats  
SandbachWHSmithDetails
Sanderstead  
SandownSainsbury’s LocalDetails
ScarboroughPoundlandDetails
ScunthorpeWaremartDetails
SeafordM&CoDetails
SeatonCarpetrightDetails
SelbyYorkshire Trading CoDetails
SelsdonSmallworthsDetails
SevenoaksWaitroseDetails
Shaftesbury  
ShanklinEmptyDetails
Shaw  
SheernessEmptyDetails
SheffieldPeacocksDetails
Sheldon  
Shepton MalletNew LookDetails
SherborneM&CoDetails
SheringhamSainsbury’s LocalDetails
ShipleyStore Twenty OneDetails
ShirehamptonNRG Gymnasium LtdDetails
Shirley99p StoresDetails
Shoreham By SeaOriginal Factory ShopDetails
ShottonDiskosDetails
ShottonEmptyDetails
ShrewsburyH&M and Home BargainsDetails
Sidcup99p StoresDetails
SidcupMachine MartDetails
SidmouthM&CoDetails
Sidmouth  
Sittingbourne99p StoresDetails
SkegnessYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
SkiptonYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
SleafordYorkshire Trading CompanyDetails
Slough  
Slough  
SolihullNew LookDetails
South HarrowPound or TwoDetails
South Oxhey  
South ShieldsPoundland and PrimarkDetails
South WoodfordInternational SupermarketDetails
Southall99p StoresDetails
SouthamptonTK MaxxDetails
SouthbourneLudo Lounge cafŽ/barDetails
SouthendTJ HughesDetails
SouthportH&M and New LookDetails
SouthseaLibrary & community centreDetails
SouthwarkTesco ExpressDetails
SouthwickChinese & Oriental Food OutletDetails
SpaldingThe 90p StoreDetails
SpennymoorThe Original Factory ShopDetails
St AlbansTesco MetroDetails
St AnnesB&M BargainsDetails
St Annes On SeaB&M BargainsDetails
St AustellPoundlandDetails
St HelensAscoDetails
St Ives, CambridgshireWarehouse Clearance ShopsDetails
St Ives, CornwallPizza ExpressDetails
St NeotsIcelandDetails
St. AndrewsNisa ExtraDetails
StaffordSports DirectDetails
StainesSainsbury’sDetails
StamfordNew LookDetails
Stanley  
StevenageWilkinsonDetails
Stirling  
StockbridgeScotmidDetails
Stockport Details
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Stockton On Tees (Oot)B&M BargainsDetails
Stockton Portrack LaneEmptyDetails
StokeEmptyDetails
Stoke NewingtonIcelandDetails
StoneEthel AustinDetails
StornowayM&Co, WeeWDetails
StourbridgeHome BargainsDetails
Stourport On Severn  
StowmarketPeacocksDetails
Strabane  
Stranraer  
Stratford99p StoresDetails
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Streatham99p StoresDetails
StretfordB&M BargainsDetails
StroodIcelandDetails
Stroud99p StoresDetails
SudburyIcelandDetails
Surbiton99p StoresDetails
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SwadlincoteAlworthsDetails
SwaffhamIcelandDetails
SwanageNixon’s Home HardwareDetails
SwanseaEmptyDetails
SwindonEmptyDetails
Swinton  
Swiss Cottage  
TamworthHome BargainsDetails
TauntonTK MaxxDetails
TavistockFashion DirectDetails
TeddingtonDreamsDetails
Teignmouth  
Telford Shopping CentreEmptyDetails
TenbyTesco ExpressDetails
TenterdenOriginal Factory Shop 
ThameSainsbury’sDetails
ThetfordWarehouse Clearance ShopsDetails
ThorneEmptyDetails
Thurrock  
ThursoEthel AustinDetails
TivertonAlworthsDetails
TonbridgeOne Pound or LessDetails
Tonypandy  
TootingPoundlandDetails
TorquayH&MDetails
TotnesM&CoDetails
TottonEmptyDetails
TredegarIcelandDetails
TroonWHSmithDetails
TrowbridgeBritish Heart FoundationDetails
TruroPoundlandDetails
Tunbridge WellsTopshop, TopmanDetails
TwickenhamPoundlandDetails
UckfieldWHSmithDetails
UlverstonTesco ExpressDetails
UpminsterIcelandDetails
Upper Norwood  
Urmston  
UttoxeterWHSmithDetails
UxbridgePoundlandDetails
WakefieldIcelandDetails
WallaseyPoundlandDetails
WallingtonIcelandDetails
WallsendWell Worth ItDetails
WalsallTJ HughesDetails
Waltham CrossPoundlandDetails
WalthamstowWilkinsonDetails
WaltonTescoDetails
Walton On ThamesCarpetrightDetails
Walton On The NazeTescoDetails
WansteadTesco ExpressDetails
WantageCargoDetails
WarminsterAlworthsDetails
WarringtonAscoDetails
WarwickCostaDetails
WaterlooHome BargainsDetails
WaterloovillePoundlandDetails
Watfordbought by Watford Borough CouncilDetails
WealdstoneTesco ExpressDetails
WednesburyBrightHouseDetails
WednesfieldDiscount Food StoreDetails
WellingCarpetrightDetails
WellingboroughQD StoresDetails
WellingtonHeron Frozen FoodsDetails
Wells  
WelshpoolM&CoDetails
Wembley  
Wembley99p StoresDetails
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West Wickham  
WestboroughPeacocksDetails
Weston Super MareEthel Austin, Au NaturaleDetails
WeymouthTK MaxxDetails
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WhitbyOutdoor WorldDetails
WhitchurchPoundstretcherDetails
WhitehavenEmptyDetails
Whitley BayB&M BargainsDetails
WhitstableIcelandDetails
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WimbledonEmptyDetails
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Winton99p StoresDetails
Wisbech99p StoresDetails
Wishaw  
Witham99p StoresDetails
Withernsea  
Witney99p StoresDetails
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WokinghamAlworthsDetails
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WorthingH&MDetails
WrexhamEmptyDetails
WycombeEmptyDetails
WymondhamCo-operative GroupDetails
Yardley  
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Can you help us fill in the blanks in the list above? Please let us know what is happening at the site of your local former Woolworths.

  • Blackfen Parade, Sidcup is being taken by Machine Mart Ltd. Retailer of Tools and machinery

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  • http://www.machinemart.co.uk/pages/stores/location/sidcup

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  • I wonder how many shops have moved into Woolworths leaving other untis empty.

    In Luton, just prior to woolworths going bust they pulled and M&S took the unit, as yet there has been no taker on the old M&S unit.

    Other local stores including Dunstable, Hitchin, St Albans, Bedford, Hemel and Milton Keynes still have the To Let sign hoisted high. Only Leighton Buzzard has found a taker.

    I suspect some of these shops may be empty for many years to come, and Watford Council should be commended for their action in trying to prevent a large empty unit blighting the town centre.

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  • Bristol had several Woolworths stores. One in Kingswood Bristol will open on the 2nd Sept as The British Heart Foundatiion Electrical and furniture store.

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  • Having reviewed the list you have incorrectly recorded the occupants of the former Woolworths store in Stratford E15 as Poundland when in fact it is 99p Stores. The former Woolworths store in Barking Essex is still up for let, although it is going to be reduced in size to enable a large supermarket to be built behind it.

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  • Yes, you are right about Stratford. This was probably confused with the listing for Stratford-upon-Avon.

    The Stratford (E15) 99P Stores was notable for the appearance at its opening by ... The Cheeky Girls.

  • The Clifton, Nottingham site is to become an amusemant arcade although many of the local residents are protesting against it.

    http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homenews/Residents-oppose-Clifton-Woolworths-plan/article-1290747-detail/article.html

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  • The former Woolworths in Westfield Derby is going to become TJ Hughes

    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/T-J-Hughes-set-open-Woolworths-site/article-1189087-detail/article.html

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  • Clas Ohlson has been reported to have signed the lease for the Reading Woolworths site:
    http://www.getreading.co.uk/jobs/news/s/2055785_useful_shop_all_set_to_open_in_old_woolies_store

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  • WHSmith will be opending in site of Woolworths in Clitheroe:

    http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/clitheroenews/WH-Smith-store-to-open.5595286.jp

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  • Woolworths in Penzance , Cornwall is also now a Poundland .

    http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/cornishman/penzance/Discount-retailer-s-opening/article-1171885-detail/article.html

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  • Dover's Woolworths is now Peacocks.

    Tunbridge Wells is under offer - not known who too.

    Sadly Canterbury's and Deal's remain empty and unloved despite them being in thriving retail towns.

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  • Falkirk is still empty

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  • The store in Poole is still empty.

    The store listed above in Poole as a 89p more or less store is in Parkstone and not what you would call Poole.

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  • Thanks for the correction. We will fix that with the next update of the list above.

  • Kenilworth's Woolies is being split in two and WH Smith will open shortly. http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/news/WHSmith-to-move-into-empty.5487979.jp

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  • Leamington Spa's Woolworths opened as H&M in July.
    http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/HM-taking-the-place-of.5332574.jp

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  • Milton Keynes is now TK Maxx, and trading well

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  • M&CO have aquired the following Woolworths stores
    In addition to those listed above
    Buckingham (now open)
    Sidmouth
    Godalming (relocation)
    Ryde
    in addition M&Co has another 10 Woolworths where terms have been agreed

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  • WoolworthsBootle(New Strand) is a B&M Bargains

    Woolworths Maghull is a B&M Bargains

    Woolworths Prescot(Liverpool) is to be Ethel Austin

    I believe Southport and Ormskirk branches are taken, but I don't know by which trader

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  • Bangor, Co. Down is now B&M Bargains; Lisburn, Co. Antrim is also B&M Bargains; Armagh City is now 'Around a Pound'; Woolworths Portadown, Co. Armagh is understood to have been assigned to Ethel Austin; Coleraine, Co. Londonderry has gone to Peacocks.

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  • Old woolworths site in St Ives, Cornwall - is now empty (contrary to the note above about it being a clearance store) Saw it when on holiday beginning of August 2009.

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  • Yes, the last time that was updated was in June, so the temporary shop has probably moved out now. We will update this on the list.

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