Edinburgh retro: 17 photos of Edinburgh's lost Woolworths stores as iconic brand gears up for shock comeback

With speculation that Woolworths could soon return to the UK's high streets, we take a nostalgic look back at Edinburgh’s lost and legendary Woolies stores...

Woolworths’ German CEO, Roman Heini, has said that restoring the shops to British high streets 15 years after they disappeared is on his ‘bucket list’ as he leads a European expansion.

Understandably, this has got a lot of people excited. After all, Woolworths was a high street institution beloved by generations of Edinburghers – and especially the little ones, who would spend their hard-earned pocket money on their famous Pick ‘n’ Mix.

Truth told, high street shopping has never been the same since Woolies shut up shop back in 2008.

Edinburgh and the Lothians had several Woolworths stores, and Capital locals will fondly recall the outlets at the Foot of Leith Walk, on Lothian Road, and the chain’s giant flagship department store on Princes Street, which seemed to sell absolutely everything, from fruit and veg and children’s sweets to the latest toys and household goods.

Have a look through our gallery to see 21 photos of Edinburgh’s lost Woolworths stores – and let us know your own memories in the comments section before you go.

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