2/22---The first Woolworth store opened in Utica, New York, in 1878. Every item in the store cost a nickel. The store closed within a year; some reports say it was so disastrous it failed within weeks. F.W. tried a second store, this one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He added 10 cent items to the list of goods sold and the higher-priced items allowed him to successfully operate the store. Click to learn more!