Showing posts with label Fallowfield. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fallowfield. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Keep YOUR Distance - Protect yourself

Check out this social distancing floor sign outside the old Blockbuster Video store at Fallowfield Retail Park in Manchester.

Signs of the old and the new. Together. In Manchester
Signs of the old and the new. Together. In Manchester

We're currently in Tier 3 Restrictions in Greater Manchester. 

Here in Stockport we've been under tight restrictions of one form or another since the first national lockdown in March.  

Tomorrow the whole of England will move into a national lockdown for the second time this year.

I wonder what other interesting signs I will see on my daily outdoor exercise this winter...?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

Finding a 'KFC' in Fallowfield.


Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester
Krunched in sign!

We've seen a number of 'KFCs' on our travels, including this Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

Krunchy Fried Chicken in Fallowfield, Manchester

There are Krunchy Fried Chicken shops in Liverpool and Stalybridge too.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Urbex - Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield

A look at the remains of the old Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester.


Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester. July 2020

Blockbuster Video lives on in Manchester. In a way.

Kind of.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Urban Exploration - Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

A look at the old Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester.




Since I found the remains of the Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester last October I've been intrigued to see the brand still has a lingering presence in the retail world. It's always interesting to see ghost signs, remnants of old & dead brands and signage while out and about on our travels.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
It's so odd to see Blockbuster branding along with social distancing signage and notices 

Blockbuster ceased operations in the UK in December 2013.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
A notice on the door at the old Fallowfield branch. Some retail history

As well as the Fallowfield Blockbuster there are still signs of the stores in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, Chiswick in London and Norwich in Norfolk.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
A view inside the old store

Related blog posts:
- Blockbuster
- Fallowfield
- Urban Exploration

Itchy & Scratchy on the Fallowfield Loop

Spotting some Itchy & Scratchy graffiti on the Fallowfield Loop in Manchester.


We spotted this superb street art by Good Life while out on a walk along the Fallowfield Loop.

The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester
The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester

It's always fun finding Simpsons-inspired artwork while out and about. Last year we saw this nice piece in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Related blog posts:
- Street Art
- The Simpsons

Monday, June 15, 2020

The remains of Blockbuster Video in Manchester

A return look at the remnants of the Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield, Manchester.


Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

I spotted the remains of a Blockbuster Video store while driving to Manchester last October. I returned for a look at the Fallowfield Retail Park location during my lockdown daily outdoor exercise time yesterday.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Some more of the inside of the store has become visible since my first visit. You can now see the remains of a computer system, a CRT TV on a desk and a larger CRT TV hanging from the ceiling.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
How TV's should be

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
I wonder what the last film trailer to be shown on that telly was?

Blockbuster ceased operations in the UK in December 2013.

Oh how times have changed since then.

Social distancing


As with all of the other shops at Fallowfield Retail Park the pathways and walls have had Covid-19 social distancing signs and stickers added.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
There's nobody around to observe social distancing from

It's quite something to see the remains of a defunct brand from 'the before times' alongside the signs-of-the-times during the coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing signs at Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
A Covid-19 social distancing sign on the exterior of the long since closed Blockbuster store

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
The tented bay you can see in the right of the photo is part of a drive-in Covid-19 test facility!

A look at the old store


Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Did you ever rent games from Blockbuster? I remember buying a few ex-rental PlayStation games from the Luton store in the early noughties

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
I wonder what the last item to be dropped in here was?

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
Some old paperwork

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester

Unfortunately in the coming months and years we are likely to see a number of other brands disappear.

The last Blockbuster


There is currently one independently owned franchise still operating as Blockbuster in the USA and you can find it in Bend, Oregon.

We were planning to visit Portland, Oregon later this year. The Blockbuster in Bend is 174 miles from Portland and a 3-hour journey by car.

Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester
There used to be a Carphone Warehouse in Fallowfield. That store was another casualty of the retail wars. They actually bought Tandy when that went out of business too. My first job was at a Tandy franchise in my home town back in the 1990s

Blockbuster Crazy Golf


Interestingly there is still another 'Blockbuster' store in the UK. It's part of the Ghetto Golf indoor crazy golf course at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.

The Blockbuster Video hole at Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham
The Blockbuster Video hole at Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham

Do you have a favourite defunct brand? Are the remains of an old brand still visible on a building where you live or work? Do let me know.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester

A look at the remains of the Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield.


A look at what's left of Blockbuster Video on Fallowfield Retail Park
A look at what's left of Blockbuster Video on Fallowfield Retail Park

A few years ago I blogged about seeing the last signs of the Tandy in Hitchen and how it brought back memories of my first job as a Saturday Boy at a Tandy franchise in my home town.


While in Manchester today I found remnants of another dead brand - Blockbuster Video.


The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
Oh, what happened to this sign?

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
Dark clouds gathered over the brand in 2013

The store sign is prominently displayed on both sides of the main sign at Fallowfield Retail Park and the windows of the shop still retain Blockbuster signage.

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
A sign in the shop window

Most of the shelves inside have been removed, but the walls and desks clearly retain the brand colours of Blockbuster.

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
These window graphics still look fresh

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
Clearly still recognisable as a Blockbuster

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
The shelves are bare

There is currently one independently owned franchise still operating as Blockbuster in the USA and you can find it in Bend, Oregon.

The last remnants of Blockbuster Video in Manchester
Quik Drop box to nowhere

A documentary about the rise and fall of the brand called The Last Blockbuster is coming soon.

Interestingly you can play through a 'Blockbuster' store at the Ghetto Golf indoor miniature golf course at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
The Blockbuster hole at Ghetto Golf in Birmingham

When I was a student I was one of Geoffrey's Helpers at Toys R Us. Most of the former stores have been converted into new stores, Stockport's is now The Range. I wonder if any of the old signage for the Toys R Us brand will still be visible in the next 5-10 years?

Do you have a favourite defunct brand? Are the remains of an old brand still visible near where you live or work? Do let me know.

Related posts:
Blockbuster
- Tandy in Hitchin
Remembering Tandy
- RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes