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Frank Winfield Woolworth started this US chain in 1879. In 1909 the first UK store opened in Liverpool. Its shop front is partially used on the piece, with the upper building from Croydon. This Open Edition has the UK fascia circa 1970-85.

 Until 2009 Croydon, a southern suburb of Greater London, was the world’s oldest trading store. Founder FWW picked this location, opening the shop himself in 1912.

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Hazle Ceramics
Woolworths 1970s
Open Edition
on London Woolworths

20th Anniversary 2010
Painted by Michele & Hazle

 Iconic Pic ’n’ Mix and paperback shelves.

£49.50 Worldwide
With Free Postage

The Wonder of Woolies
The wonder was huge 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 the new website in 2010.

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 Ex-employee Paul Seaton’s 2009 book.

 1970s mass advertising, with famous names like Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Young, created big sales increases.

 Self-service was introduced in the 70s.

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