Five old shops we’ve loved and lost
THIS week’s Southport Top 5 focuses on a time when the internet was still the stuff of science fiction. Days when there was no such thing as ordering your groceries online.
A time when older ladies pulled shoppers around the streets, you didn’t get charged a quid to use a supermarket trolley – and yes, most had wonky wheels.
The subject of this week’s countdown is shops and supermarkets we’ve known and loved. At five is Safeway in Southport. Now, there’s some debate about exactly where this was.
I initially remember it being on Tulketh Street, later moving to the old Winter Gardens site on Kingsway. This was the precursor to the budget overseas supermarkets of 2018. Long before design consultants advised on shelf stacking.
There were massive wooden pallets of sugar on the shop floor and the salt and vinegar crisps amongst the most potent I’ve ever tasted! At four is Cassidy’s on Hoghton Street. This was a must for anyone with an eye for a bargain in Southport.
Think massive market hall, broken biscuit stalls, flowers, pet foods, balls of wool. Anything you could possibly ever want. One of my first Saturday jobs was stacking the shelves here.
Heady days indeed. Especially when unscrupulous shoppers tried to fiddle the scales on the pick and mix.
At three, talking of Pick and Mix, it’s Woolworths.
Shopper or not, most people would agree that Chapel Street is a lesser place without Woolies.
The brightly coloured sweets, the excellent record counter, Ladybird clothes and a great full English breakfast at the cafe.
At two this week, Broadbent and Boothroyd. Sure, we have Beales there now, but this was olde worlde Southport. A place Nanna used to love visiting. Many a posh frock for a wedding was bought here as were my school uniforms, Christmas gifts and frothy coffees drunk in the restaurant.
These department stores are sadly getting rarer, as we buy more and more goods online. Use them or lose them, that’s what I say.
And at number one, it’s the store that brought us the No Frills brand – yes, it’s Kwik Save!
Growing up in Ainsdale Village, I spent many an hour being dragged around here by my mum.
Do you remember the massive walk-in fridge, which had plastic strips at either end to keep the cold in? There were also separate concessions for fruit and veg, a butchers for meat, and at one time a cafe. Ahhh, the glorious 1980s. So there you have it, my Top 5 Southport supermarkets of yesteryear, but do you agree?
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Beales, formerly Broadbent & Boothroyd which Neil’s nanna used to love
Woolies on Chapel St just before it shut
The Office Bar and Restaurant is where Cassidy’s once stood on Hoghton Street