Help us to write a history of Manchester through its bygone shops.
We are looking for your memories of Manchester’s shopping heritage so that we can build an interactive map of the city’s commercial history.
Simply tell us about your favourite Manchester shopping memory and we will research its history and put it on the map!
Nominated by: Caroline Rushmer Where: Market Street, Manchester The first Lewis's store opened in Liverpool in the 1850s. The Manchester store opened on Market Street in 1877. The iconic store sold everything from food to the latest fashions. The store remained a...read more
Nominated by: John from Romiley Where: Market Street, Albert Square & St Ann's Square The Kardomah cafe chain were founded in Liverpool in 1844. Before the cafes opened, the company were producing their own brand of teas. The brand peaked in the 1960s and...read more
Nominated by: Mike Sweeney Where: Market Street The underground market was situated just off Market Street. The main entrance was on Brown Street and there was a covered walkway between Cross St and Market Street. The market closed in the late 1980s and part of it was...read more
Nominated by: Thomas McGrath Where: 27-29 Market Street, Atherton In 1924 Alfred and Sarah Brickley opened a drapery store at No.31 Market Street in Atherton. By 1939 their business had expanded across three shops and sold a variety of clothing. By the latter decades...read more
Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 967 Stockport Road, Levenshulme Harold Poyser Ltd. was a car spares and parts shop in Levenshulme. From 1941 the original shop was located at No.243 Stockport Road before later moving business premises, where it was run by Don...read more
Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 122-138 London Road, Manchester Mazel's was a second-hand shop on London Road which sold a variety of household goods, electrical bits and pieces and records. Stock was bought in bulk after the Second World War and the shop is...read more
Nominated by: Russell King Where: Bolton Road, Irlams o' th' Height Kidd's was a popular chippy in Irlams o' th' Height. Although in the post-war era the chip shop was run by both Henry and Florence Kidd, it was originally the business venture of Mrs Kidd and as early...read more
Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 1036 Stockport Road, Levenshulme The Top Ten Record Bar was located on Stockport Road, Levenshulme between 1974 - 1981. It was a popular shop and stocked a wide range of vinyl. Melvin remembers: "The best record shop in Manchester...read more
Nominated by: Paul Hutchinson Where: Bradshawgate, Bolton The popular shop was run on Bradshawgate in Bolton town centre by Mike Stewart, Mark Curry and another assistant named Pru. In the late-nineties Beat Street Records moved to 23 Tib Street, Manchester, which...read more
Nominated by: Margaret Fletcher and Stephanie Buckley Where: Oldham Street (now Afflecks) Guys n Dolls was a large clothing boutique on Oldham Street, which mainly catered for Manchester's younger population in the 1970s. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth...read more