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 Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Closed shops
UK stores that no longer exist

Supermarkets: Bejam, Caters, David Greig, Fine Fare, Gateway, International, Kwik Save, Liptons, MacFisheries, Presto, Safeway, Wavy Line, William Low (the increasing dominance of the big few has throttled diversity)
Shoe shops: Bata, Curtess, Dolcis, Freeman Hardy Willis, Manfield, Saxone, Truform (they no longer fit)
Clothing: C&A, Dunn & Co, Etam, Foster, John Collier, Littlewoods, Chelsea Girl
TV rental: DER, Granada TV Rental, Multi Broadcast, Radio Rentals, Rediffusion, Visionhire (an almost completely vanished service industry)
Electrical: Dixons, Powerhouse, Rumbelows, Tandy, The Link
Homeware: Brentford Nylons, The Reject Shop, Timothy Whites
Restaurants: Berni Inn, Golden Egg, Happy Eater, Kardomah, Pizzaland (I'm getting quite nostalgic)
Pubs: Charrington, Courage, Ind Coope, Truman, Watney, Whitbread
DIY: Do it All, Great Mills, Payless, Queensway, Texas Homecare
Furniture: Courts, MFI, Perrings
Jewellers: Ratners (I mean "jewellers" in inverted commas, obviously)
Newsagents: John Menzies
Record shops: Andy's Records, MVC, Our Price, Tower, Virgin Megastore, V Shop (you remember records...?)
Bookshops: Dillons, Hammicks, Ottakars
Cinemas: ABC, Cannon, Classic, Gaumont, Granada, Ster Century, thefilmworks, UCI, UGC, Virgin, Warner Village
Toy shops: Beatties
Banks: Midland, William's and Glyn's (that's banks whose names have 100% vanished, so not TSB)
Off licence: Peter Dominic, Unwins
Travel agents: Lunn Poly
Catalogue shops: Green Shield stamps, Index
Energy: Electricity showroom, Gas showroom (I'm feeling my age now)

• Yes, inspired by comments to yesterday's post, thanks.
• Yes, I know I've probably made several mistakes, please point them out.
• Yes, I know I've probably omitted several stores, feel free to suggest more.
• These are the ones I remember, so your suggestions may not appear.
• I've updated the list three times so far, any more thoughts?
• I will confess to finding this forum thread very useful.
• Expect this list to get longer in 2009, alas.

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