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: 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
Nominated by: Anonymous Where: Afflecks, Tib Street Thunder Egg is a independent shop on the first floor of the Tib Street building. Affleck's Palace was founded in 1982 by James and Elaine Walsh and it was named after the former Affleck & Brown department store,...read more
Nominated by: Andrew Parker Where: Old Bank Street Manolo Designs was a designer clothing shop on Old Bank Street, located behind the Royal Exchange. In the advert above the model is wearing a men's yellow cotton jacket by Dorothy Dagworthy. It was also...read more
Nominated by: Allan Russell Where: Oxford Road Goldberg's was a fire-salvage firm located on Oxford Road, opposite the BBC. Allan remembers: “Goldbergs was a fire damage shop my mum used to drag me round as a kid. Like all such shops it sold whatever had been...read more
Nominated by: Janet Negus Where: Back Pool Fold (off Cross Street) Pygmalia was a small clothing boutique located down the narrow alleyways off Cross Street. The shop was originally a Rowntree's Cafe. Pygmalia opened in November 1965 and was partly owned Tony...read more
Nominated by: Debs Brack Where: Barton Square & later moved to Oldham Street The Westerner was a clothes shop located on Barton Square, just behind St. Ann's Square and next to the Barton Arcade. Later in the 1970s it moved to larger premises on Oldham Street, by...read more