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 landmark on the Manchester for over 120 years. It was eventually sold in 1990s after going into administration.
“Lewis’s was a traditional haunt for us. My great-aunt started work in the accounts dept at 14 years old in 1916 and retired aged 63 as head of cashiers dept, managing all the cash and tilling for the whole store.
We always went up to get her staff discount pass in the 1970s & 80s. Lots of expensive purchases came courtesy of her pass – carpet for our first house, my cot and pram in 1988. I’d love to see their famous ballroom – my aunt saw it in its hey-day.”