One of the stalwart five-and-dime stores, Woolworth’s was a fixture at Laurel Shopping Center for years. Situated between Peoples Drug Store (or CVS, as it were) and the skyway entrance to Laurel Centre Mall, it was a perennial favorite for just about everyone.
Laurel’s Woolworth’s boasted a legendary candy aisle, but also had a little bit of everything—from sewing to light hardware to automotive needs. It also included a throwback to earlier days—a lunch counter that served awesome grilled cheese sandwiches, as I recall.
I still think of Woolworth’s around Christmas time, as they probably pushed holiday decorations even more than their competitors; with aisles worth of tinsel, wreaths, lights, and other ornaments. It was something about being in Woolworth’s around that time that always brought out the Christmas spirit like few other places. Maybe because it was also a popular spot for the local Salvation Army bell-ringers.