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 W3480b – "Atkinson & Marler – Empty Shop Front in Cliffe High Street" – 1929

06 - © Edward Reeves Photography
06 - © Edward Reeves Photography

F. W. Woolworth expanded rapidly in the 1920s taking over premises formerly occupied by small independent shops or building modern new stores. By 1928 there were 280 Woolworth stores in British towns and cities. Woolworths presented a challenge to local retailers because of its low prices, boasting “nothing over 6d” (2.5 pence), a price barrier it managed to maintain until the Second World War.

The Outdoor Shop

THE FACE OF THE HIGH STREET

How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
We've been in business for 14 years. Lewes is a great town for independent businesses and a great location for the products that we sell.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Face masks!!!!!! But we've seen a good increase in footwear sales as everyone has been out walking through lockdown, and camping equipment for all those not braving going abroad.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
The joy on peoples’ faces to see we're still open!

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Moorey's newsagents, loved the banter in there and the amazing range of weird and wonderful greetings cards!

Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Late night shopping (although not this year), always a great night for
everyone involved.

Lee at The Outdoor Shop