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On 6/8/2019 at 1:40 PM, Bilborough Girl said:

 Does anyone know what the intended outcome of all that construction work is, when it's intended to be finished and if Broad Marsh Centre will ever open again?

 

This is the official Council Propaganda version of what will happen. I'm not convinced it won't turn out to be a massive white elephant.

 

https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/media/456785/broadmarsh-artists-impressions.pdf

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Indeed. A much better looking building than the 60s monstrosity which replaced it.

Eric’s shoe shop was next door to Flints newsagents which was owned by my wife’s grandparents. The shops here did very well as they got a lot of footfall from Players factories.

Looking at those photos of Maid Marion Way brought back memories of Brentford Nylons. Whilst searching through some drawers recently I came across some of their products. Several sheets, pillow cases

Effectively the Broad Marsh centre blocked off the route to Trent Bridge and I am sure it was a factor in the awful destruction of Arkwright Street. West Brigeford is flourishing and the Trent is a lovely place to be. How stupid was it to close off a perfectly functioning road which was the main route to the river and the football and cricket grounds. Furthermore, I could imagine that Arkwright Street could have been a street of boutique shops and curio places, micro pubs and a delight to walk along. 

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Similar to the Shambles in York, or The Lanes in Brighton !

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18 hours ago, mercurydancer said:

I do miss Sisson and Parker. I recall the beautiful staircase. Second only to the Co Op 

As I recall there was also a beautiful staircase in Griffin and Spalding ( now Debenhams) but it seems to have disappeared.

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30 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

I always got lost in Griffin and Spalding's. Not a shop to easily get out of if there was a fire!

I have always got lost in that shop too, still do and invariably have to ask an assistant where to find different departments so I rarely venture in what is now Debenhams.  The whole interior needs gutting, there are too many steps and sloping creaky floors.  

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Given the financial state of Debenhams I doubt they'd spend millions on levelling it out, if they own the building.

If it's owned by others, then Debenhams wouldn't be able to justfiy the massive rent increase.

 

That building will be destined for a few small shops with many luxury flats above it.

 

The 9 flats above Wheeler Gate Sainsbury started from £160k when they were converted. (building not owned by Sainsbury)

There's probably potential for 50 or more .

 

 

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

I always got lost in Griffin and Spalding's. Not a shop to easily get out of if there was a fire!

 

I always had the same problem with Pearsons on Long Row. A lot of small spaces on different levels; holes knocked through walls to connect one old building with another, and a couple of steps up or down; and quite a few departments with no windows or daylight.

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Pearsons were one of my old firm's audit clients back in the 60's. If you thought it was a rabbit warren in the shop you should have seen it backstage! They bought the old AB Gibson premises and it eventually went through to Parliament St.

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Back as far as the 1960s I often had the thought "what if there's a fire" when I was in Griffins! It was such a rabbit warren that people would have a job to find their way out. I was in there a few weeks ago and lo and behold, I STILL couldn't find my way out! Is it a listed building? I have a recollection of being told, or once reading, that the shop consists of a series of wealthy merchants' town houses knocked through to join them up. Certainly, if you stand in the Square and look at the architecture, that could be their origin. It would also explain the higgledy-piggledy interior layout.

 

The buses to Bilborough had their terminus outside Pearsons in the 1970s. It was a lovely shop.

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It's had the creaking irregular floorboards as long as I can remember. Everything does seem so scattered I'm afraid.

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Mrs PP worked at Pearsons in the 60's and confirms that the offices were a bit of a warren. She found it an interesting place to work but not as good as Home Breweries. She was a S/H typist- million words a second :biggrin:

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Who would go into a Thornton’s shop and buy their oversweet gooey stuff?You can buy their products at supermarkets if so you desire but there are better quality products on the shelves. I’m surprised they’ve lasted in shop form for so long. I’m surprised that a company like Ferrero Rocher bought them out.

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When I was out and about in a van up to 2 or so years ago Greggs were opening up in small units on trading estates.

 

My younger Son did a stop gap nightshift for a few months at the Thorntons factory, before Ferrero bought them.

I don't remember getting a single chocolate out of that.

 

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Geoff's and Geoff's junior.... Used to get all me northern soul gear from Geoff's junior.... Got me first Oxford bags and cromby from there.... Think Geoff's was on Hockley and Geoff's junior was in Vic Center

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Yep LizzieM you are so reet.... Knew it were one of the Jeffs/Geoffs

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 Queen of the Midlands   "ONCE"

OH !!  where have all our classie shops gone?

"Griffin n' Splading"  used to work at top Canning Circus finished at 4 00 on Wed had to catch bus home from the square, before getting the bus, had to call in Griffin's only to walk up the large mahogany stair case, and walk though the shop on there 4" deep pile carpets.

Tobys  best china shop ever.

Pearsons  another class shop gone 

C n A   coats an Hats  not a class shop but hay/Ho if you were 5 to 30ish ideal if you wanted something modam and did not want to pay the earth.

Big CO_OP Not a bad place to shop with those large revoling doors some things a little old fashioned, but Top floor at Chritmas was brillant.

"Jessops"   now John lewis   sold good quality goods.    Quality rememberd while price forgotten. Still thought it was better in town.

"Farmers"    every piece of material you wanted you could buy here.

"Woolworth's"  first store where every thing cost 6d  Still have some of there wine glasses which my mum brought for her wedding 1936  maybe i have got it mixed up sorry "Sherry Glasses" but they still only cost 6d

"BHS"  Always sold a good selection of lights.

Marks and Spencer still going strong   Goods they used to sell were only brought by a certain age group, but they came good with the help of twiggy. Little secret use to style a Mrs Oaklands hair and she was a personal friend of Mr Spencer and Mr Marks did you know they started on the markets they were barrow boys.

Clumber St   at least 25 shoe shops at the last count       NOW NONE.

NOW ONE OF MY FAVOURITES GONE FOREVER

                                                   """BURTONS""""  you thought when shopping here that you were in Harrods this was one of the best.

 

My opinion is that we have to allways copied off America   shopping centers are what has killed off our city center, not the viris, not the internet, not even the people. 

Or is it change ?  

                                    or                                                            Council planners  could we not have saved Dury Hill? 

 

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I can remember going to Roughtons, up near Canning Circus if I remember correctly, to buy material for dresses, skirts etc. They cut off the amount you wanted from a large bale. Also the Rubber Supply Company which sold shoes. I can remember going there with my mum to get my first pair of high boots in the 60’s. I loved those boots wore them until they dropped to bits. Like Mary1947 I can remember the shoe shops on Clumber Street, Saxons, Dolcis, there was one that began with an M was it Manfreds - not sure. 
C&A for the latest mod fashions, you didn’t want to pay too much as the fashion changed so quickly.

 

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