From Historical Hastings

Woolworths in Hastings opened in 1927, in a purpose built building that had been created on the site of 2-6 Wellington Place and 15-20 Pelham Street. Previously, the site had been occupied by Messrs. Metcalfe and Kirkpatrick[1].

The building had four storeys with a roof level looking out over Wellington Square through four windows. The third floor also had unusual round windows.

There would appear to have been a cafeteria in the building which received a revamp in 1934[2]

During the 1960s, the building had something of a makeover with large square blue tiles hung over several of the outside faces of the elongated pentagonal building. The fascia board received several face-lifts over the following decades until Woolworths as a chain went into liquidation, resulting in the stores closure on the 29th of January 2009. The building did not remain empty for long however, becoming a Sports Direct store, however retaining many of the architectural quirks of the building including the retro tiles installed during the 1960s, albeit painted grey.[3]

St. Leonards Store

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This store opened in 1954 at 10/11 Kings Road[4][5], with a new shopfront being installed, and remained throughout the 1960s, however there is very little documentary evidence of it, less so photographs, all that has been found is a drawing from a planning application.


References & Notes

  1. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 24 July 1926 Pg. 0009
  2. British Newspaper Archive Kent & Sussex Courier 11 May 1934 Pg. 0008
  3. Hastings – Store 251 | Woolies Buildings - Then and Now, accessdate: 14 March 2020
  4. Kelly's 1956 Directory
  5. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref HS/54/00322