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 centuries the building was a department store owned by R. Lomas. Oldham Street fell into decline as Manchester’s premier retail district once the Arndale Centre opened in 1975. Since 1982 the building has been used as Afflecks.
” I had Saturday job there while at uni. It was very trendy. Themed boutiques on 4 floors with a cafe on the top floor with a dj playing music all day to the store. Children’s boutique was called Goalpost and was supposed to be opened by George Best. He didn’t turn up. 3 of us were dressed in red tops and white hot pants for the occasion. It was a fabulous shop in the early 70s. It was unique and represented the decade. It had a large workforce, mainly young and fashionable and a great atmosphere!”
” My big sister took me, it was very fashionable. I got my first grown up jeans from there (1976 Lee Jeans). It had a cafe, just always seemed so trendy to me.”