Top 10 High Street Shops of Yesteryear

Our high streets and high street shops have changed significantly over the decades.

Like most things, over time high streets evolve and reflect the times.

Have high street shops the way we remember them really become a thing of the past?

Here are our top 10

1. Woolworths

2. Safeway

3. C&A

4. Littlewoods

5. Wavy Line

6. Bejam

7. Rumbelows

8. Owen & Owens

9. Texas Homecare

10. Dolcis

In the modern age, high streets have borne the brunt of online shopping more than anyone would have suspected. Retail giants like Woolworths, Littlewoods and C&A have all fell by the wayside, since their heyday in the 1970s. Sometimes it’s bad management or bad planning, sometimes it the changes in consumer habits and sometimes it's simply the shape of things to come.

With convenience being king what’s more convenient than shopping from the comfort of your own armchair?

It seems a pity that high streets up and down the land become a succession of coffee shops and betting establishments interspersed with the odd charity shop. High streets, after all, offered much more than just a place to shop they were the hub of a community, the place to meet to spend time together, let's hope these things don’t become a thing of the past also.

Do you still shop on your local High Street? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you! 

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