The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's) 
was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. 
Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through 
most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its 
decline beginning in the 1980s. In 1997, F. W. Woolworth Company
converted itself into a sporting goods retailer, closing its remaining retail stores 

operating under the "Woolworth's" brand name and renaming itself 
Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, 
changing its name to the present Foot Locker.

One of the best things about Woolworth was that it had an old
fashioned diner inside where you could get a hot dog and milkshake and all the 

kids would come and buy the old 45 rpm records they had 
the biggest selection anywhere..

ad from 1982!


  1. Remember the parakeets in the pet department? You could hear them singing all over the store. Our parakeet Frisky was a "Woolworth's budgie." He gave us 5 1/2 years of wonderful companionship. Mom got her lipstick here after Newberry's downtown closed and we couldn't get to the Newberry's in Newport. Candy department, popcorn, housewares department, lunch counter, and Christmas supplies couldn't be beat. My aunt worked at the Woolworth's lunch counter for years. She said when they ran out of tuna for the tuna salad they used chicken and vice versa...no one ever noticed! :-) I still miss Woolworth's. Found a Woolworth building for my Christmas village.

    1. Love the tuna chicken salad story! Priceless.

  2. I used to go to the Woolworth's in the Warwick Mall all the time

  3. The beginning of the end for Providence was when the Woolworth Store in Downtown / Westminster Mall closed in the mid0later 1980s. I could see the city in decline from then.

    1. I used to hang out in downtown Providence, and Woolies was always one of my stops.

  4. I worked part time at the Woolworth in Pawtucket in the mid '50's, while going to High School.

  5. From Cranston - one in Garden City, one on Rolfe St. I used to go there and for a quarter and buy my mother a small bottle of Evening in Paris - I loved the blue bottle. I don't recall her ever wearing it !!! Now you can buy it online at the Vermont Country Store for $45 !!! Woolworth's downtown - that was the major bus stop for all of us who went to school in Prov. - LaSalle, St. X's, Mt. Pleasant and outbound, That 20 C bus was always loaded.

  6. Woolworth's had the best lunch counter in the city of Pawtucket. Their hamburg plate with a hamburger, lettuce and tomato along with fries was the best. And for dessert, the best ice cream sodas anywhere. Oh, to be able to go back to the 50's and 60's for a month or two. What a great time in life.

  7. Rodman Street rat.August 21, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    I remember going to the lunch counter in the late 60's - Took the broad street bus from the A&P - I was about 9 yrs old and it was a fun place to be them, a bunch of Mc's and Jews, life was good....

  8. Anyone remember the Woolworth's at Aquidneck Shopping Center in Middletown? Where CVS is now. They had fantastic and unique chocolate and vanilla lollipops. The popcorn was out of this world, every time we went I remember my mother picking out a bag for us kids to share and munching popcorn all through the store. By the time we got to the register and paid for the popcorn, it was just about gone! The pet department just consisted of a few fish tanks, a couple of gerbils and hamsters and of course the parakeets but every time we went there that aisle was a memorable and required stop for us kids. At Christmas out on the sidewalk in front of the store there was a little "Santa's Workshop" (too small for anybody to go inside, though). My husband's sister worked at the lunch counter and I remember her giving my son a little packet of Teddy Grahams.