A look back at the won­der of Woolies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

IF the Wool­worths store in Ash­ford High Street does ac­tu­ally close it will be a sad day for many read­ers. The store is one of the town cen­tre’s big­gest and oc­cu­pies a prime site at the heart of things. Like its coun­ter­parts else­where in the coun­try – all 800 of them – Wool­worths has been a main fea­ture of Ash­ford high street for decades. In Ash­ford’s case it is be­lieved the store opened around 1930, al­though no one is ex­actly sure. Wool­worths, with its dis­tinc­tive F. W. Wool­worth & Co Ltd sign, took over premises pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Her­bert Bur­nage, a shop which sold tele­vi­sions and ra­dios. The premises were ex­tended as our pho­to­graph of the frontage with the steel gird­ers shows. The two other pic­tures show the shop in 1951 and again in 1984.

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