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Shops we do not see very often, if at all on the High Street.


Over the years we have seen the disappearance of many big names from the High Street. Internet shopping is often cited as the main reason behind the demise of these once popular, successful shops.
Amazon, the online giant is often blamed for the closure of many businesses as you can buy practically everything from the one time bookstore. Unfortunately with more overheads some of the high street shops were unable to compete with the low prices offered by Amazon and other online retailers.

Familiar names that you might not see anymore…


BHS British Home Stores

Billionaire Sir Philip Green purchased BHS for £200m in 2000 making it part of the Arcadia Group, but he sold….


blockbuster video

Blockbuster Video

Founded by entrepreneur David Cook, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opened in Dallas, Texas on October 19, 1985. David Cook was a previous ….




Coast is a High Street clothing retail chain for women founded in 1996 in the UK. While the mid-1990s was predominantly about casual clothing, the company ….


dolland and aitchison

Dolland & Aitchison

The name of one of the oldest optician chains in the UK has sadly disappeared from the High Street after trading for 250 years. Established in London in ….




Jessops the camera retailing chain first appeared on the High Street in 1935. The original shop was opened by Frank Jessop in Oxford Street Leicestershire. Over time ….




Electronics goods retailer Maplin (Maplin Electronics) is a known seller for electronics components, computers, communication devices, and various consumer electronics. The business ….




Mothercare plc is a London Stock Exchange publicly listed company based in the UK, which specialises in maternity products, infant and children’s merchandise up to 8 years of age. Aside from ….


thomas cook

Thomas Cook

Global travel group – Thomas Cook Group plc was formed on 19 June 2007 after the  merger of MyTravel Group and Thomas Cook AG which is a company found in 1841. The business ….


toys r us

Toys R Us

The American toy company, Toys R Us was founded in 1948 by Charles Lazarus which started as a children’s furniture store called Children’s Supermart. He later added toys on to his products and began to….


victoria wine

Victoria Wine

The Victoria Wine Company was one of the largest High Street retailers of wines and spirits in the UK. Seen as a profitable business by big companies in the alcoholic beverage industry, the company ….




The Wimpy restaurants were a familiar sight on most High Streets at one time. The fast food chain has been around since the 1950’s but has gradually lost its popularity over the years. Once a favourite ….




Woolworths shops were present in almost every High Street across the UK however their store empire of cheerful shops selling everything from pick and mix sweets to paint to children’s clothes and ….