Its origins were in the establishment of the first News Shopper title in Orpington in 1965 by a team of five, but the series has subsequently changed hands several times. First Rupert Murdoch bought the group in 1969, then sold it to the owners of the Surrey Advertiser series in 1975. In 1984 it was taken over by Reed International, who held onto it for a dozen years; it was during their ownership, in 1988, that the Woolwich & Plumstead News Shopper was launched. The group subsequently became part of the Newsquest empire in 1996.
All the News Shopper titles share a common website, with sub-domains for each main title. The Woolwich & Plumstead News Shopper shared a sub-domain with the Lewisham & Catford News Shopper and the Greenwich & Charlton News Shopper.
It came out on Wednesdays.
It merged with the Greenwich News Shopper some time in 2007.