A bit of retail archaeology in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
|A new Londis, Ellie D's Tattoo Studio and Grainey's Barbers on Holden Road in Leigh - but what did it used to be?|
It's interesting to see how the world of retail and buying behaviour changes over time.
It was once a Blockbuster Video Express.
After it was a Blockbuster store the unit on Holden Road became a Best-One shop. It is currently home to three businesses, with one section vacant.
Blockbuster Video ceased operations in the UK in December 2013. At the start of that year there were 528 Blockbuster locations in the UK. The number dwindled until October when only 264 shops remained. The remaining stores closed on the 16th December.
The first Blockbuster Video store had opened in Dallas, Texas, USA on the 19th October 1985.
Blockbuster Video entered the UK video rental market in 1989 following the purchase of Ritz Video.
|The QuikDrop box is still in place at the old store location in Prescot, Merseyside|
We've found a few empty Blockbuster stores on our travels, including the shops in Fallowfield, Manchester and Colne, Lancashire. We've also seen remnants of signage and QuikDrop boxes in a number of locations.
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