Hi Derek, I used to do my christmas shopping at that Sheldon Woolworths too when my sister and I were kids in the 1950"s/60"s, we went there to spend the pocket money we had saved and walked the shop for hours to find christmas gifts for each other and mum and dad and gran, I still remember the wooden floor boards and I still shopped there when I was an adult with my children.Hi Derek, I recall Woolworths on the Coventry Road Birmingham, at what is known as the Wheatsheaf (junction of Lode Lane and the A45 Coventry Road). I think Pep & Co. and Poundland now occupy that building judging by the brickwork. For me, the single item that made it so special was the vast range of Airfix kits. These were all made up, painted and pinned to a huge board over the model counter, maybe a dozen or more kits. Yes, they sold more than just wool! They were mostly WW2 planes both British and German as I recall. Of course, they were all done to a far superior standard than I could ever hope to do myself. Being around 7 or 8 at the time (and an avid Airfix modeller), this was a constant source of fascination to me whenever I went in with my Mom (which was a lot as we lived in Ventnor Road). I'm not sure whether a similar display was in all of their stores. However, the importance of Woolworths and model kits should not be underestimated! Kind Regards, Gary
What great picture, love the sports Argus van aswel l really miss paper that on a Saturday evening, hanging outside the news agent waiting for the delivery driver to drop them offI remember the Sutton Coldfield Woolworths as it was in the late 1960s.
image from another thread only visible if logged in
Good to see this photo as it supports a comment I made somewhere on BHF about Woolworth. The photo clearly shows their slogan the "3d. to 6d. stores". The first time I saw that slogan was on the Woolworth store in New Street near the Odeon cinema.
I.thought, earlier that the little cartoon was quite funny. I've just gone back for another look and I find that "a Scotch man" has been censored out.
Those special days in woolworth's in the Bullring could never be forgotten Paul, & unfortunately, could never replaced. As a worker at woolies, I really enjoyed every second at work. It was sometimes hard work in the kitchen in the cafeteria, but I still loved arriving at work every day.my memories are all of the old Woolworths down by the Bull Ring, went there with my dad every Christmas shopping not just for presents but trimmings and a cup of tea, being poor I some how always felt a bit rich in Woolworths, it was Christmas to me, later with both my boys we went every year at Christmas to Wooly's, and they treasure those memories, as I do.Paul
From my days working at the bull ring store, I believe you are quite correct. There was always some lady offering some assistance.Recorded in my diary for 8th February 1958 that I went to a self-service Woolworths in Yardley and later that day went to Woolworths in Acocks Green. Perhaps the self-service stores were just being introduced and still quite a novelty. Mention has been made on this thread that you could walk round an island with various items for sale and then presumably ask an assistant in the centre of the island that you were interested in buying a particular item. Can anyone confirm that this was the system before self-service? Thanks. Dave.
i was fasinated by the electrical section,all the bulb holders on a board on the wall, the assistent always tested a bulb,before you took it.away.... h&s would have a fit now,all them live sockets.Yes there was an assistant surrounded by counters. Well at least in the 1960s which I remember most. They were flat, deep counters with long sections - not very deep - crammed with items for sale, from Robertson’s jams to sock and knickers. It was a browsers haven. Everything in front of you. They were glass counters edged with lots of chrome. Later the fittings were, I think, made up more of perspex. I don’t remember any sections for hanging clothes etc (like Ladybird children’s clothes) until much later on.