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: Mark Whidby Where: Deansgate, Manchester Image from: https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/tag/7391/Decoy_Records Decoy Records specialised in blues, jazz and world music. It drew customers from across the region and also had stalls at local music...read more
Nominated by: Lorraine Joyce Where: Police Street, Manchester Fiorucci was founded in 1969 by Elio Fiorucci. It mixed Italian with American and British styles to produce a unique look, including designer jeans, which was picked up by Andy Warhol and Madonna...read more
Nominated by: Johanna Roberts Where: Church Street, Eccles The Co-op traces its roots back to Rochdale in the 1840s (see the post on the Co-op on Taylor Street, Stretford). Co-operative stores were generally quite small and sold mostly groceries and hardware,...read more
Nominated by: Michelle Crighton, Frances Grogan, and Nicky Iqbal Where: 58 High Street, Manchester Bachers sold a wide variety of furnishing and clothing fabrics – one of only a few places in the city centre to do so.. Established in 1903, they promoted the...read more
Nominated by: Rod Perrin Where: 588 Stockport Road, Longsight Lowes had a small chain of confectioner's shops which seems to date back to the early twentieth century - a 1919 directory lists a Jospeh Lowe as a confectioner trading on Stockport Road,...read more
Nominated by: Chris Geliher Where: 5 Taylor Road, Stretford The Co-operative Society is usually traced back to 1844 and the famous Rochdale Pioneers. Co-operative stores spread rapidly, especially in industrialising towns in the Midlands and North of England....read more
Nominated by: Sylvia Martyn Where: Cross Street, Gorton Cross Street, Gorton, ran between Cross Lane and Hyde Road. It contained a wide variety of shops from the late nineteenth century right up to the 1970s when the area was redeveloped as an indoor and outdoor...read more
Nominated by: Carol O-Reilly Where: High Street, Manchester Finnegans sold women's clothes. In 1973 it was trading on the High Street, but the shop was lost in the redevelopment of the area as the Arndale Centre. We think it may have moved to Oldham Street at...read more
Nominated by: Irene Davis Where: Oldham Street, Manchester 2007 was a fashion store selling women’s clothes in a futuristic setting Irene remembers: This was a ladies boutique. The outside of the shop had a space age look, all white moulded plaster with...read more
Nominated by: Lorraine Joyce Where: Market Street, Manchester? Bus Stop was founded in 1968 by Lee Bender and her husband Cecil. The first shop was in Kensington High Street and at its peak there were eleven branches across the country, including one in...read more