If you miss Woolies, you’ll love this website

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F.W Woolworth & Co opened its first store in the UK in 1909 on Church Street in Liverpool. The store sold children’s clothing, stationery and toys. Woolworths expanded rapidly in the mid-1920s with stores opening every couple of weeks. In 2008 when the company went into administration there were 807 Woolworths stores in the UK.

In the late 1960s I was desperate to get a Saturday job at Woolworths but they didn’t have anything to offer. According to The Woolworths Museum, over 50,000 people worked for Woolworths during the 1960s with an army of Saturday boys and girls helping out at the weekend.

If you were one of those Saturday shop assistants or just enjoy your memories of Woolworths, you’ll love The Woolworths Museum. 

The website has a wealth of information about every conceivable aspect of the Woolworths story.

Embassy records



are a small sample of the pages on offer. The Woolworths Museum is an easy website to explore and I’ve spent a couple of very interesting hours there. Well worth a visit.

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  1. Yes, I was one of those Saturday girls! I started off working on the shop floor, stocking shelves and then manning a till (where you had to work out what change to give, not rely on the till to do it for you, like these days!). One Saturday the new manager came up to me in the store and said would I like to work in the cash office. So from then on, that’s what I did. One of my jobs was to do a “pick-up”, i.e. collect all the excess cash from the tills in a large shoulder bag and take it back to the office to count it. At only five-foot-nothing and weighing under 7 stone I would have been a pushover if anyone had chanced their arm at stealing the money! 😂

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