Showing posts with label Toys R Us. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toys R Us. Show all posts

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Lost shops

Relics from a lost time.


Kwik Save in Barrow in Furness, Woolworths in Longton, Toys R Us in Preston, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea and Blockbuster in Manchester
Kwik Save in Barrow in Furness, Woolworths in Longton, Toys R Us in Preston, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea and Blockbuster in Manchester

Which lost brands do I need to track down next?

Monday, September 07, 2020

Lost shops - Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire

September 2020 - Toys R Us still exists. Kind of.


Toys R Us at the Deepdale shopping centre in Preston

Toys R Us ceased trading in the UK in April 2018. I worked there back in the year 2000.

Toys R Us at the Deepdale shopping centre in Preston
It's always interesting to see signs from lost brands

This store is in Preston, Lancashire.

Toys R Us at the Deepdale shopping centre in Preston
Toys R Us at the Deepdale shopping centre in Preston

Apart from one ghost sign on the side of the building where the raised letters have been removed it looks like it could've still been open.

Ghost signs

A busy car park

A colourful store front

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
Welcome to Toys R Us

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
This store is now closed

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
The entrance

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
A nice sign on the right of the building

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
At the exit

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
The exit doors

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
A piece of ephemera 

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
Remnants

Toys R Us in Preston, Lancashire
A branded electricity substation

There have been plans for the old Toys R Us at the Deepdale shopping centre to be converted into a gym or a Sports Direct. But at the moment it's still there as something of a time capsule.

Other lost Toys R Us stores

We've also been to the abandoned Toys R Us in Warrington, Cheshire, had a look at what remained of the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester before it was demolished and visited the Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent shortly before it was converted into a Go Outdoors this month.

Lost shops

On our travels we've also seen a RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea; Woolworths Big W in Brunstane, Edinburgh; Tandy in Hitchin; Blockbuster in Fallowfield, Manhester; Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent; BHS in Stockport; Blockbuster Video Express in Colne; Orange Mobile in Oswestry; Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness; Cooltrader in Blackpool and the remains of Blockbuster Video stores in Oldham, Cheadle Hulme, Marple, Hastings, Felixstowe, Telford, Prescot and Chester.

Happy Shopper

On our way to look at the old Toys R Us we also found a bonus lost shop - a Happy Shopper!

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

A look at the old Toys R Us store at Festival retail park in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.


Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

I've never seen cleaner and brighter signs on an abandoned shop.

Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
There are three large branded Toys R Us signs on the store, this is one of two on the side of the building. They differ from the more commonly see signs as the brand name is printed onto one board, rather that the lettering being made out of individual 3D pieces

Toys R Us ceased trading in the UK in April 2018. I worked there back in the year 2000.

Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
I was once one of Geoffrey's Helpers at Toys R Us

It was a lucky find as this month the unit will be opened as a Go Outdoors store and so the Toys R Us branding will be disappearing.

Toys R Us in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
This scene won't be the same next month and the Toys R Us branding will become lost

Remains of other Toys R Us stores

We've also been to the abandoned Toys R Us in Warrington, Cheshire and had a look at what remained of the old store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Urbex - Toys R Us in Warrington

A look at the remains of the old Toys R Us store in Warrington, Cheshire.


The old Toys R Us store in Warrington, Cheshire. July 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Crepes R Us

NOT Toys R Us.

Crepes R Us

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- Stickers
- Toys R Us

Monday, July 27, 2020

Lost shops - Toys R Us in Warrington

A look at the old Toys R Us store in Warrington.


Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

In our continued look at old, defunct and lost shops we took a walk round the old Toys R Us store in Warrington, Cheshire at the weekend.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

Toys R Us ceased trading in the UK back in April 2018 and the Warrington location has been empty since then. The site will become a car dealership in the future.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

While very little of the signage is still in place you can still clearly see ghost signs of the TOYS R US and BABIES R US logos on the building.


Working at Toys R Us

My first job while at university in the year 2000 was as one of Geoffrey's helpers at the Luton store. I worked on the video game and electronics section.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
We never had these branded bollards at the Gypsy Lane store in Luton

A look round the Warrington location

Here are some more snaps and videos of the store as it looked in July 2020.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The approach to the store

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
These branded stones are very very nice

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Ghost signage





Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The lettering from the old sign is still visible on the side of the building

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Note the markings on the ground

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Coronavirus social distancing warnings

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The container loading bay. When I worked at Toys R Us I spent parts of my evening shifts unloading the containers

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
One of the few signs still on the building. While it's unbranded, the Toys R Us typeface is recognisable

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Toys R Us and Babies R Us ghost signs

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The overgrown trolley bay at the front of the store

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
An empty trolley bay

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
A 'tombstone' to the dead brand

Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester

I took a look at the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester just prior to it's demolition in March 2019.

Check out photos of that location from two visits in February 2019 - one / two.

We had a look at what's left of the old Central Retail Park last Friday.

Lost shops

We've seen a number of other old and defunct brands on our travels around the country including Woolworths in Stoke-on-Trent, Woolworths Big W in Edinburgh, Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness, Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Tandy in Hitchin and RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes.

Do you have a favourite old shop brand from the past?

Urban Exploration - Central Retail Park in Manchester

A look at what's left of the old Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester.


Central Retail Park in Manchester

We went for a walk in Manchester city centre for the first time since March on Friday.

We've spent the pandemic within the confines of Stockport borough, save for a few incursions over the border to Fallowfield, Didsbury and Parrs Wood, so it was nice to see some different sights for a change.

Last year we'd walked past the old Central Retail Park in Ancoats and saw the beginning of the work to demolish the retail units. The site looks quite different now.

Central Retail Park in Manchester
Desolate

Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester
The last signs standing

Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester
A view of the entrance roundabout
 
Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester
This was where Toys R Us used to be!

Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester
An old way in

There are plans to turn the area into a car park.

Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester
It's already looking car parky

It was a good spot to practice social distancing.

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- Manchester
- Urban exploration
- Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester
- Lost shops - Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Lost shops - Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester

Views of the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Manchester.


Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester. February 2019

I took a look at the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester just prior to it's demolition in March 2019.

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester. February 2019

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester. February 2019

All of the stores on the site have been demolished and the area is being turned into car parking.

More photos can be found in my blog post: Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester.

Working at Toys R Us

My first job while at university in the year 2000 was as one of Geoffrey's helpers at the Luton store. I worked on the video game and electronics section.

Dead brands

We've seen a number of other old and defunct brands on our travels around the country, including Woolworths in Stoke-on-TrentTandy in HitchinRadioShack in Lytham Saint AnnesKwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness and Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester

A look at the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester.


While looking through my photos during lockdown and prompted by my recent look at the old Woolworths store in Brunstane, Edinburgh I found these views of the old Toys R Us store at the former Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester.

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester. February 2019
The old Toys R Us unit at Central Retail Park in Manchester

The snaps were taken in February and March last year following the demise of the brand and the closure of the retail park.

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester. February 2019
How the store looked in early February 2019 

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester. March 2019
The demolition work had really begun when we passed by a month and a half later

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester. March 2019
A look at the entrance to the store in March 2019

Toys R Us at the Central Retail Park in Manchester. March 2019
Geoffrey was the last to leave the Ancoats store


Working at Toys R Us


My first job during my time at university in the year 2000 was as one of Geoffrey's helpers at the Luton store. I worked on the video game and electronics section.

Shopping at Toys R Us


It was a real shame to see the brand go under. It was always a treat when me and my brothers would visit to buy games for our SEGA Master System in the 1990s. I've still got those games, some have the Toys R Us stickers on.

WWF WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge for the SEGA Master System

WWF WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge for the SEGA Master System
A nice piece of ephemera

Other lost brands


Our travels around the country have seen us spot the remnants of a number of old and defunct brands, including Woolworths in Stoke-on-Trent, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes, Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness and Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Do you have a favourite 'lost shop' from years gone by? Maybe the remains of an old brand are still visible on a building near where you live or work? Do let me know.