Memories of shopping at Woolworths in Leeds city centre

These photos are sure to evoke for a generations of city centre shoppers.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 6:00 am
Enjoy these memories from inside the Woolworths Briggate store.
Enjoy these memories from inside the Woolworths Briggate store.

Woolworths boasted a store on Briggate in the city centre for close on 60 years. It opened in December 1928 and welcomed bargain hunters for nearly six decades before closing in 1987. The store underwent a 'modernisation' during the early 1970s. Ten departments were found on the ground floor including the food hall, ladies wear, jewellery, travel goods and hosiery. The first floor featured the restaurant as well as five departments including bedding and curtains, furniture, rugs and mats, and lighting. Enjoy these rarely seen photos plucked from the YEP archive which turn back the clock to showcase the Woolworths shopping experience during the 1970s. READ MORE: Schofields Leeds in 12 photos | Lewis's Leeds in 18 photos

A welcome sight during a shopping expedition was the Kwix Snax Bar where shoppers could stop for a bite. Pictured in November 1972.
A view of one of the well stocked displays in the gardening department in March 1974.

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November 1972 and for the photography enthusiast there was a tempting Camera Shop in the newly-modernised store.
March 1973 and David Broadhead (left), horticultural advisor at Woolsworths, was always available to give assistance.
November 1972 and for the musically-minded, the Music Bar was the place to be for vinyl as well as a range of instruments.
November 1972 and this photo gives some idea of the new streamlined store.
Bargains galore were to be found as shoppers browsed the racks of fashionware in February 1973.
February 1973 and 'new' was one of the keywords in the fashion department - quality and price were two others.
Part of the record display in the music department which was spinning along as an even bigger and better attraction for young and old in September 1973.
November 1973 and this photo shows a new streamlined Briggate store.
The Briggate store in March 1982.
Did you shop at the Briggate store in the early 1980s?
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