The Woolworths Museum


The British Woolworth Pioneers


John B. Snow ("Surefire"), who joined the management team in 1910 and managed all of the early store openings as well as heading up the British buying team

John Ben SNOW

Joined in 1910 from the USA. "Surefire" headed Buying for 25 years. Famous for spectacular store openings and for driving everywhere in his Rolls-Royce.

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W.L. Stephenson, the only Englishman among the founder directors of the British Woolworths.


The sole Briton on the team, Bill shaped the 5 & 10¢ into "Woolies". He took it to the top of the UK market. Director 1909-23, MD 1923-31, Chairman 1931-1947.

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Frank Winfield Woolworth, the dimestore pioneer and brains behind the British Woolworth company

Frank Winfield WOOLWORTH

The sole architect of FWW UK. He was paid just £1 p.a. cash to be its Chairman. Hand-picked the Board and early locations. Frank loved England and the English.

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Jennie Woolworth (née Creighton), wife of the dimestore magnate, and the person who kept him sane.


Canadian seamstress who married Frank in 1876, keeping him sane and grounded. She co-signed the papers which established the British store chain.

Family Biography

Byron De Witt Miller, founding Director of Woolworth UK and later Worldwide President of the parent company

Byron De Witt MILLER

Rose from the ranks, from errand boy in the 1890s, to Superintendent for New York in 1908. Founder Director of FWW UK. In 1921 returned to USA to become FD, becoming Worldwide President in 1931.

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Fred Moore Woolworth, the first supremo of the British company founded by his cousin


Frank's cousin, who joined at the bottom, rising to manage the flagship 6th Avenue, NY store before taking on the MD role in the UK, Despite his reputation for caution, he lead the British company with great skill.

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Charles Heiman Hubbard, a founder director of the British company, who set exacting standards and trained the first generation of store managers personally

Charles Heiman HUBBARD

American Manager hired to set up the first store in Liverpool and train store managers. He excelled, "Charlie" rose to become Deputy Chairman in the 1930s, but joked that he preferred a round of golf !

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Samuel R. Balfour was a founder director of the British company and its first Treasurer and Company Secretary. He served from 1909 until 1910.


Joined as a 'learner' and rose to manage the Warehouse in 6th Avenue NY. He was headhunted as FD and Secretary of FWW UK because of his superb writing and record keeping. He was recalled to the USA in 1910.

That's all we know!