Five old shops we’ve loved and lost

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - with Neil New­ton

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?

You can fol­low me on Twit­ter @pre­sen­terneil or watch me on Cruise 1st TV chan­nel 688 on Sky Tele­vi­sion. Another South­port Top 5 next week.

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

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