Spotlight on Stafford – Do You Remember Woolworths?
18 Market Square, Stafford
Woolworths opened their 320th store in Stafford on 23rd June 1928. It was at 18 Market Square, in a building full of character. You can see the store on the right here, next to the building works.
Stafford Woolworths 1934
Source: Staffordshire Past Track
In 1962, it was intended for Woolworths to move to a bigger purpose-built store at Gaolgate Street and for the Market Square store to close. (Source: Soult’s Retail View)
The store number of 320 was transferred to the new store. But for some reason Woolworths decided to keep the old store open. With the store number given to the new branch, the Market Square store had to be assigned a new number, and that was store number 1067. You can see the original store open in this 1972 photo.
Stafford Woolworths (Market Square) 1972
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