The Preston shops you wish still existed

Posted on - 16th April, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre

We asked, and you told us. We said which Preston shop would you go back to for one-time only if they still existed.


Many famous names, both nationally and locally, have graced our high streets and side streets.

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With more than 1,00 comments it’s brought the memories flooding back, here’s some of your most common choices.

Owen Owen

Owen Owen

A proper department store. It seemed massive back then, with a perfume counter, wig department and the best Christmas display in town. It was an extra treat to be taken to the Red Rose Restaurant on the top floor.

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Tie dyed tops, pillar box red hair dye, lava lamps and whale music CDs – Oxygen had it all for the 90s alternative. In the days when everyone smoked inside, were inflatable chairs really such a great idea?

Fishergate, Preston 1986


The nation’s favourite. Whatever you wanted, you could get it in Woolies. But let’s face it, it was all about the Pick n Mix really.

The Real McCoy – Preston Digital Archive

The Real McCoy

Whether it was a post cinema treat or a pre-Warehouse stomach liner, there’s no dispute the burgers at this Church Street joint were, well.. The Real McCoy.

Miller Arcade, Church Street (north side), Preston June 1988 Pic: Preston Digital Archive

John Menzies

How many of us bought our first record downstairs in John Menzies? And in the days before mobile phones, the steps were a handy meeting point at 2am if you’d lost your mates in Tokes.

Your suggestions came from a much-debated Facebook post.

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