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Quite an interesting wee piece here....................

High Street - Woolworth
Woolworth's first opened at 14 High Street, Paisley on 17 January 1925. It proved so busy that company bosses were soon challenging the property department to expand or move. It took them ten years to buy the land behind the store and extend it back to School Wynd. After the war it was earmarked for further development, but neither neighbour was willing to move. Because it was opposite Marks and Spencer, and therefore deemed to be at 100% pitch, executives wouldn't countenance moving anywhere else and kept holding out for one of the neighbours to accept the Company's increasingly generous offers for their freeholds. The store's success in the Fifties means that the freehold of No.14 alone was independently valued at £93,000 in 1957, more than twice the value of the store in Stirling, which had already incorporated its neighbour.
I guess the proprietors of the Gibson Tearooms finally decided to retire in around 1967, using a stash of cash from Woolies to top up their pension pot. Certainly the new look store's address was No. 12-14, which means it incorporated the former premises to its left. You'll see a lot of blurb about how it had a special design to match the style of buildings in Paisley and the requirements of the local council. The extension and rebuilding works were completed without the store ever closing, which was typically achieved by building a new shell round the outside of the store first, building the new bit (in the former Gibsons site), then moving into that, and then demolishing the interior of the old store and rebuilding it to match. The grand opening of the 'new Paisley' was on 25 October 1969. It had become the fifth largest store in Scotland (after Princess Street Edinburgh, two in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen), with 21,360 square feet of selling space across two floors, linked by escalator.
When Woolworth was taken over in the Eighties, the new owners (Kingfisher plc) asset-stripped a lot of freehold property, including virtually all of the branches over 15,000 square feet. The five largest stores in Scotland all closed, with the money used to finance the expansion of B&Q into Scotland, and the acquisition of the Comet electricals chain and Superdrug cut price chemists. The Paisley Woolworth's closed for the last time on 9 July 1988, after the building was sold to a development company.
With thanks to Paul Seaton
Author of the Woolworths Museum and 'A Sixpenny Romance, celebrating a century of value at Woolworths'
'A Sixpenny Romance' is available from Amazon http://tinyurl.com/npjbhhs

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6 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Woolies, a wonderland for me for years.

I remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on display at the rear on School Wynd. 

We had one up here in Arbroath for quite a few years when we moved up here late 1989. 

Can't remember when it went, a sad day. :(

May be an image of outdoors and text

The 7ft store detective was the stand out memory

To stop us nicking the sweets at the pic and mix next to enterance

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2 minutes ago, windae cleaner said:

The 7ft store detective was the stand out memory

To stop us nicking the sweets at the pic and mix next to enterance

While he was watching you I was helping myself to the boxes of wee toy soldiers, I built up quite a collection. 😂

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3 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Henry Cooper in Paisley 1972

British Heavyweight Boxing Champion and holder of three Lonsdale belts, Henry Cooper signing autographs in Woolies whilst on a promotional tour plugging 'Brut' Aftershave

 

Woman holding the baby looks as though she has nicked the wean. 😂 

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7 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Henry Cooper in Paisley 1972

British Heavyweight Boxing Champion and holder of three Lonsdale belts, Henry Cooper signing autographs in Woolies whilst on a promotional tour plugging 'Brut' Aftershave

May be an image of 5 people and people standing

Is that Tony Hadley at the back 😆

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On 4/25/2021 at 7:04 PM, Slash said:

Woman holding the baby looks as though she has nicked the wean. 😂 

Poor wee wean grew up with Henry's signature written over it's forehead. 

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Woolworth's were absolute bawbags in their treatment of Paisley.

They closed the High St store in 1988 but made no attempt to relocate within the town. That meant that the biggest town in Scotland didn't have one of their outlets while hovels like Greenock, Falkirk and Kirkcaldy had a Woolies right up until their demise in 2008-09.

They deserved all they got.

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13 hours ago, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Woolworth's were absolute bawbags in their treatment of Paisley.

They closed the High St store in 1988 but made no attempt to relocate within the town. That meant that the biggest town in Scotland didn't have one of their outlets while hovels like Greenock, Falkirk and Kirkcaldy had a Woolies right up until their demise in 2008-09.

They deserved all they got.

Kingfisher shut all there biggest Woolworth stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Paisley to re-invest elsewhere.  There still doing alright.

Homepage (kingfisher.com)

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1 hour ago, faraway saint said:

New Paisley museum, it'll upset some of the old farts but it's for the people of Paisley and the future............................

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I can’t speak for the old farts but what’s not to like about it?It will breathe life into the west end of the town centre and it will join the Observatory/Oakshaw up with the museum/TC.

The above plus the new TA student accommodation should fairly brighten up that end of the High St.

Would it be too much to get new pavements too?😲

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2 hours ago, HSS said:

I can’t speak for the old farts but what’s not to like about it?It will breathe life into the west end of the town centre and it will join the Observatory/Oakshaw up with the museum/TC.

The above plus the new TA student accommodation should fairly brighten up that end of the High St.

Would it be too much to get new pavements too?😲

I noticed loads of scaffolding work happening at the TA centre on my travels tonight. Will try and take a photo tomorrow night.

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On 4/25/2021 at 8:53 AM, faraway saint said:

Quite an interesting wee piece here....................

High Street - Woolworth
Woolworth's first opened at 14 High Street, Paisley on 17 January 1925. It proved so busy that company bosses were soon challenging the property department to expand or move. It took them ten years to buy the land behind the store and extend it back to School Wynd. After the war it was earmarked for further development, but neither neighbour was willing to move. Because it was opposite Marks and Spencer, and therefore deemed to be at 100% pitch, executives wouldn't countenance moving anywhere else and kept holding out for one of the neighbours to accept the Company's increasingly generous offers for their freeholds. The store's success in the Fifties means that the freehold of No.14 alone was independently valued at £93,000 in 1957, more than twice the value of the store in Stirling, which had already incorporated its neighbour.
I guess the proprietors of the Gibson Tearooms finally decided to retire in around 1967, using a stash of cash from Woolies to top up their pension pot. Certainly the new look store's address was No. 12-14, which means it incorporated the former premises to its left. You'll see a lot of blurb about how it had a special design to match the style of buildings in Paisley and the requirements of the local council. The extension and rebuilding works were completed without the store ever closing, which was typically achieved by building a new shell round the outside of the store first, building the new bit (in the former Gibsons site), then moving into that, and then demolishing the interior of the old store and rebuilding it to match. The grand opening of the 'new Paisley' was on 25 October 1969. It had become the fifth largest store in Scotland (after Princess Street Edinburgh, two in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen), with 21,360 square feet of selling space across two floors, linked by escalator.
When Woolworth was taken over in the Eighties, the new owners (Kingfisher plc) asset-stripped a lot of freehold property, including virtually all of the branches over 15,000 square feet. The five largest stores in Scotland all closed, with the money used to finance the expansion of B&Q into Scotland, and the acquisition of the Comet electricals chain and Superdrug cut price chemists. The Paisley Woolworth's closed for the last time on 9 July 1988, after the building was sold to a development company.
With thanks to Paul Seaton
Author of the Woolworths Museum and 'A Sixpenny Romance, celebrating a century of value at Woolworths'
'A Sixpenny Romance' is available from Amazon http://tinyurl.com/npjbhhs

One of the main reasons Woolies went to the wall at the time was how they marketed their products.

Who else in the prime stretch of the High Street would have counters of sweeties in the first 30 feet. That is where you grab the shopper and show them what they really want to buy, or at least be encouraged to browse further into the store.

Victims of a changing retail world and bad retail layout.

 

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3 hours ago, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Glasgow Rd looking down Gauze St. That's the Old Toll Bar at the junction with Incle St. From 1970.
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Taken from next door to my  previous doctor's surgery.

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