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Sixteen Norwich shops you can’t go to anymore

PUBLISHED: 17:55 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:55 18 May 2016

Lost Norwich Shops: Hovells, JJB Sports and Kookai. (L-R)

Lost Norwich Shops: Hovells, JJB Sports and Kookai. (L-R)

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Norwich is considered one of the UK’s top shopping destinations, bursting full of boutiques, department stores and independent shops, but can you remember these popular shops that have been lost over the years?

• Etam/Tammy

The place to go for all your groovy chick and glittery T-shirt needs in the 90s. For a while it moved into BHS as Tammy, but things were never quite the same.

• Kookai

Kookai went into administration in 2006, but before then it was a stylish women’s clothing store, not to mention THE place for high school girls to buy their school bag from in the early noughties, well there and…

KOOKAI, CASTLE STREET. Photo: Keith WhitmoreKOOKAI, CASTLE STREET. Photo: Keith Whitmore

• Jane Norman

Jane Norman was the only other acceptable place to buy a school bag from and their carrier bags were the only acceptable form of transport for a PE kit. Despite the stores closing, the company hasn’t disappeared completely though, as it is still operating online and in select department stores.

• JJB Sports

JJB went into administration in 2012 with 133 shop closures and 2,200 job losses, including those in the fine city.

JJB Sports in Riverside. Picture David BaleJJB Sports in Riverside. Picture David Bale

• CheapJacks

Located opposite Debenhams by the entrance to the Lamb Inn, CheapJacks was the place to go to get your marble wash jeans in the 80s.

• Blockbuster
Today’s children will never understand the excitement of browsing VHS covers and breaking out that Blockbuster Card.

The Blockbuster store at Mile Cross Lane. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Blockbuster store at Mile Cross Lane. Picture: Denise Bradley

• Littlewoods

Littlewoods stores disappeared from our high streets in the mid noughties as the company completely re-branded, instead becoming a powerhouse of home shopping. Most households soon had a Littlewoods catalogue sitting on their coffee table, right beside the one from Grattan.

A wet day for shoppers on the Haymarket with Littlewoods store in the background - Norwich   pic taken 28th january 1967A wet day for shoppers on the Haymarket with Littlewoods store in the background - Norwich pic taken 28th january 1967

• Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge was more than just the name of a Charles Dickens novel, it was also the name of a popular clothing store on St Stephen’s Street.

• Lady at Lord John/Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue sold lots of wedding dresses in the late 60s, while Lady at Lord John was an expensive women’s clothing store.

• Hovells

So. Many. Baskets.

HOVELLS.HOVELLS.

• C&A

If you really miss these stores, they’re still alive and kicking in various locations across Europe, including Germany, France and Spain.

• Andy’s Records

Until 2003, Andy’s Records was one of the most popular independent music retailers in the UK, winning awards and selling vinyl to music lovers at its 40 branches. However the rise of chains such as HMV caused Andy’s to call in the administrators, unable to compete in the market.

Andy's Records. Photo: Simon FinlayAndy's Records. Photo: Simon Finlay

• One Step Beyond

Computer retailer, One Step Beyond, on Bedford Street was a haven for computer and gaming fans until it sadly closed. The shop continues to exist on a much smaller scale on Norwich Market as One Step Gaming, selling secondhand games, DVDs and CDs as well as consoles, software and hardware.

One Step Beyond, Bedford Street. Photo:  Adrian JuddOne Step Beyond, Bedford Street. Photo: Adrian Judd

• Garlands Department Store

Located on London Street, the company started as a drapers in 1862, but by the mid 1920s was a huge store with 27 departments.

Garlands Department Store in London Street, pictured in 1984, when it was about to cease trading. The store was rebuilt after it suffered a disastrous fire on 1 August 1970Garlands Department Store in London Street, pictured in 1984, when it was about to cease trading. The store was rebuilt after it suffered a disastrous fire on 1 August 1970

• Buntings Department Store

The store for all, was originally located where Marks and Spencer stands today, however was later relocated to a site next door to Garlands. Sadly a fire in the 1970s destroyed both Buntings and Garlands.

BUNTINGS DEPARTMENT STORE ON THE CORNER OF ST STEPHEN'S STREET NORWICH MARCH 1948 NOW MARKS & SPENCERSBUNTINGS DEPARTMENT STORE ON THE CORNER OF ST STEPHEN'S STREET NORWICH MARCH 1948 NOW MARKS & SPENCERS

• MK One

Originally Mark One, the company was bought from Administration in 1996 by the owner of BHS, Philip Green. In 2000 the firm’s name changed to MK One and continued until late 2008 when it was forced to go into administration. 80 of the UK stores were sold to Internacionale Retail and re-branded as Internacionale, including the store on St Stephen’s Street.

SEE ALSO: 14 things you could do in Norwich in the 90s that you can’t do anymore

• Which of Norwich’s lost shops do you miss the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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