8 Iconic Stores That We Loved and Disappeared

The high street has long been under siege by
internet business with low overheads. It has made UK high-street chains
challenging to stay competitive against these brands who offer quick, cheap and
convenient delivery. The UK has already lost some of the biggest and best
stores. Let’s recap for nostalgia’s sake…

1. Woolworths


If you were a 90s kid or just a big kid in the
90s, you would have fond memories of running up and down the Woolies’ pick n’
mix aisle. But Woolies was more than just tasty treats; it was an excellent
shop for electricals and entertainment products.

2. Blockbuster


Blockbusters Video did incredibly well to ride
out the competition until 2013. This store was the go-to place for most of us
on the weekend, wanting to watch a good movie or grab a video game. Now we
stream films on Netflix and can play games online, including social games, casino slot games and video games through the likes
of Stream.

3. The Gadget Shop

The Gadget Shop was an exciting world of the
future for many of us. We would walk in and be amazed at the latest inventions
and gadgets, that today would seem outdated. And that is precisely why they
went out of business in 2005. However, you can still buy some of their more modern
products from WHSmith. Don’t all run at once!

4. Focus


Focus is one of the more peculiar absentees
from the UK high street. It is a store selling DIY and gardening products that
buyers tend to want to inspect in person rather than buying online. Yet, Focus
feel victim and couldn’t keep up with the likes of B&Q. Focus was the
largest retailer in its industry before a string of bad years.

5. JJB Sports

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Although JJB Sports went into administration
back in 2012, some of the stores were rescued by Sports Direct. The competing
sportswear supplier managed to save 20 stores and over 500 jobs, but over 2,000
other jobs were lost.

6. Phones4U

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Do you remember Phones4U? Maybe you remember it
by the famous advert including ‘Scary Mary’? They had to hang up their phones
in 2014 after EE refused to continue partnering with them.

7. Pound World

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Isn’t Pound World still open? Nope – you are
thinking of their two biggest rivals with similar names, Poundstretcher and
Poundland. The company lost a staggering 5,000 jobs in August 2018 because no
buyer could be found to rescue a UK high-street favourite.

8. Toys R Us

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An unfortunate 2,000 jobs were axed when Toys R
Us fell victim to the cheaper competition online. The famous UK toy shop was
part of most of millennial and boomer childhoods and is now lost. This is one
of the more recent high-street casualties after closing in just 2018.

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