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: 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
Virgin Record Shop, Market Street, 1984 (Source: m03317 Manchester Local Image Collection) Nominated by: Derek Watts Where: 9 Lever Street (later moved to Market Street) Virgin Records was founded by Sir Richard Branson in 1976. A Manchester branch was...read more
Henry's Stores, Market Street, 1962 (Source: m55959 Manchester Local Image Collection) Nominated by: Audrey Dugdale Where: 95 - 101 Market Street, Manchester Henry's Stores was a founded by Henry Cohen, who arrived in Manchester in the late nineteenth...read more
Interior of Bolton's Arndale Centre, c.1980 (Source: http://www.bolton.org.uk/cromptonplace.html#acresfield) Nominated by: Tina Cox Where: The Arndale Centre, Bolton Kumars was an independent shop located just past the bird aviary towards the Deansgate end...read more
Dunn & Co. as seen in this 1962 photograph taken by A.P. Morris (Source: m55938 Manchester Local Image Collection) Nominated by: Brian Goulden Where: 59 Market Street, Manchester Dunn & Co. was founded in 1887 by George Arthur Dunn, who started out...read more
Nominated by: Steve Powell Where: Market Street (next to Lewis's Arcade) H. Wiles Toy Shop was founded by Herbert Wiles (1859 - 1942). Wiles first started trading in corn and furs before opening a toy shop with a friend in Liverpool. In 1893 he opened his...read more
Nominated by: Graham Eagland Gee's Where: 164-172 Medlock Street Gee's was located on Medlock Street in Hulme and had a sister shop in Gorton. The shop was established c.1881 by William Gee, a draper from Stretford. He originally employed only two assistants...read more