From the archives - The rise of supermarkets and department stores in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 11:48 10 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:48 10 May 2015
The shopping experience has altered greatly over the years, small local shops giving way to larger all-purpose department stores and supermarkets.
From the archives: Norfolk's supermarkets and department stores through the years
Well-stocked shelves at the Fakenham Co-op illustrate the new shopping revolution of self-service in 1961.
The Evening News used this picture in a feature on the newly-upgraded book department at WH Smith of Norwich in 1963. It had been divided into convenient sections catering for varying interests and ages of customers.
Rivetts of Kings Lynn had opened a new department for ladies dresses as part of a number of extensions to the High Street shop in the early 1960s. Rivetts was to shut up shop in 1977.
Shopping was made easy in 1963 at the Wayford Bridge self-service Spar grocery store, with goods displayed to best advantage with prices clearly marked. The proprietor was Mr NC Clements.
This neatly arranged and varied stock was to be found at the new grocery store at Ranworth Staithe which opened in 1964. The store began life as the Granary Buffet and was the brainchild of Mr RG Burgess, the Norfolk-born former owner of the Ranworth Hall Country Club. The thatch over the gondola-type festive display was to remind customers of the heritage of thatching in the district.
Roys of Wroxham was fully geared up for Christmas customers at Hoveton in December 1963, living up to its epithet 'the store that has everything'.
A customer tries a pair of slingbacks from the range on offer at the footwear department in the Co-op store on St Stephens Street, Norwich in 1967.
Arnolds department store in Great Yarmouth changed its name to Debenhams in 1972 and finally closed in 1985. It had been trading in King Street and Regent Street since 1869. Our picture was taken during the Christmas season in 1972.
The delicatessen at Woolworths in Norwich shows the wide range of goods on sale at this department store in February 1981.
An old-fashioned drapers and furnishing emporium is Wightmans of Bungay which celebrated its centenary in 1961. Our picture dates from 1992 and shows the run-up to Christmas in that year.
The changed shopping environment is particularly apparent in the interiors of our wealth of emporia.
Our photo gallery shows the rise of supermarkets and department stores in Norfolk through the years.