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Woolworth/ Wellworths

  • 24-01-2023 1:18pm
    Registered Users Posts: 8,360 ✭✭✭

    The imminent closure of Wellworths in Tipperary town is worth noting.

    This was originally a Woolworths store, which closed in 1978, ahead of the general Woolworths closure in Ireland in the early eighties

    I would guess there are few if any of the original Woolworths entrance doors still in existence so for posterity here is Wellworths in Tipperary before they close:


  • Registered Users Posts: 93 ✭✭Maxx355

    I remember Woolworths from Waterford city, it was where Pennys is now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,767 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Remember the one in Henry St in Dublin, had a massive pick n mix and nice ice cream cones..

    no identifying feature of the facade remains, maybe something at the entrance ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,360 ✭✭✭cml387

    We used to use it as the measure of a town. A town without a Woolworths was not worth considering. Mainly this was because it was a place to spend our holiday money on Airfix models.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,523 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    The Thomas Street store in Dublin is relatively intact design wise. Don't think the doors are still there

    The main Wellworths supermarket chain in NI were not connected to Woolworths or the Tipp store.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,028 ✭✭✭Sigma101

    I've fond memories of the pick'n'mix section of the Galway store (now Supermacs) when I was a kid.

    Excellent resource here documenting the history of 884 Woolworth stores, including 21 of the Irish stores:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 120 ✭✭Isthisthingon?

    If memory serves correct, A 'woolies' or possibly ' wellworths' then opened up in arundel square - years before city square was bulit.

    Nearly 100% this was the case - but i ask my mates and they can't remember it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,823 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato

    Didn't the Henry St one open up to the GPO arcade on the other side?

    I don't remember ever being in it but my dad worked in the GPO for a couple of years and used to bring home stuff, not pick'n'mix though but budget priced cassettes of stuff like James Last greatest hits volume nnn, military marching bands and fairground steam organs 😦

    Life ain't always empty.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,360 ✭✭✭cml387

    The cassettes were no doubt on the "Pickwick" label, among others. It's in Woolworths you could get the classic "Top Of The Ops" albums of contemporary pop hits. Well, cover versions anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,823 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato

    Yeah he wasn't going to be bringing home the TOTP covers albums though, some of the sleeves were a bit racy!

    Life ain't always empty.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20 Griffin47

    I was in a Woolworths store in Dublin a few times around 1964, but I couldn't say for certain where it was. I would have guessed O'Connell Street, but may be wrong. Our local Woolies was in St. Helens, Lancashire. I'm surprised that the facade was identical to the picture of the Henry Street one up thread, on the ground floor at least. I wonder if they all had similar personal weighing machines inside? The one in ours was absolutely enormous, and must have weighed a ton. It was red, and worked with a large old penny.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,360 ✭✭✭cml387

    There wasn't a Woolies in O'Connell St. There was one in Henry St. and one at the top of Grafton St.

    The shops would all have looked similar inside except that the differed in size and amount stocked.

    Little remains of the smaller Woolworths stores around Ireland I would guess which is why I mentioned the shop in Tipperary town, but the large city stores with their impressive facades mostly still exist

  • Registered Users Posts: 93 ✭✭Maxx355

    I don't remember that. The only other store I remember in that area was Darrers where Mcdonalds is now if I remember right.