TQ9063 : Former Woolworths store, Sittingbourne High Street

near to Sittingbourne, Kent, Great Britain

Former Woolworths store, Sittingbourne High Street
Former Woolworths store, Sittingbourne High Street
At the time of the photo the store was occupied by a 99p shop. I'm not sure if this is a permanent arrangement or if the To Let sign above the next door extension relates to the whole of the former Woolworths or just the smaller part.
I recall the shop as one of the few on the High Street which could remain open during power cuts of the 1970s and '80s because it was still fitted at that time with gas lighting and had held onto some purely mechanical tills (and still had staff who could calculate change). This all changed following a major refit (which I believe Woolworths undertook nationwide).
I believe the thing that looks like a large black ball wearing a conical hat mounted on the wall just below the level of the second floor windows is a CCTV camera.
Woolworths
Woolworths (or 'Woolies' as it was affectionately known), 1909-2009, was a popular chain of high street stores, selling a wide variety of household goods, toys and entertainment. The English branch of Woolworths was founded by Frank Woolworth, in Liverpool in 1909.
At its peak there were 819 Woolworths around the UK and Ireland.
In November 2008 Woolworths went into administration and by January 2009 all the shops had closed and 27,000 staff laid off.
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Friday, 28 May, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 6 May, 2012
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Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9074 6365 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:20.3959N 0:44.2254E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9073 6363
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