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Introduction
Frank Winfield Woolworth started this US chain in 1879. In 1909 the first UK store opened in Liverpool. Its shop front is partly used on the model, with upper floors from Croydon. Only two from this Limited Painting of 80 are said to have the Pic ‘N’ Mix window, rather than the 1935 Silver Jubilee souvenirs.

 Until it closed down in 2009, Croydon in London was the world’s oldest store. FWW chose the site and opened this shop in 1912.

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Hazle Ceramics
Woolies
For just two ceramics in the Open Edition with Pic ‘N’ Mix
windows the name the store was often called was applied for this affectionate farewell
on London Croydon

 Frank’s cousin Fred Moore Woolworth ran Liverpool’s Church St store 1909-23.

20th Anniversary 2010
Painted by Michele Bland

 Iconic Pic ’n’ Mix and paperback books.

The Wonder of Woolworths
The wonder was massive variety at great value: sweets, homewares, toys, books, music, food and kids’ clothes including Ladybird from 1934. By the mid-20s a store opened every 17 days. Due to war inflation, Nix over Six prices ended in the 1940s. In the 50s-60s Woolworths’ Embassy label used unknown artists for hit records. By the 70s entertainment and music were staples. In the 80s-90s new owners pruned lines. But the 2008 credit crisis came amid falling sales due to music downloads, discount chains and big supermarkets. All shops were closed by early 2009. The Telegraph’s Barclay brothers owned a new website in 2010.

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 1930s tools with wooden handles and real iron finials, sold in vast quantities for 6d and made little profit!

 Mass-produced china at Church Street cheaper than anywhere else in Britain.

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