Showing posts with label signage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label signage. Show all posts

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Goodfather in Salford

We spotted another Godfather takeaway while out for a walk in Salford yesterday.


This one was missing a letter on its sign.

Goodfather Pizza in Salford
But had gained two letters to become Goodfather Pizza

Godfather Pizza in Salford
The side sign still says Godfather

Check out the Godfather signs we've seen on our travels.

Another Godfather takeaway

We spotted another Godfather takeaway while in Chorley last month.


Godfather takeaway in Chorley

We've seen quite a few Godfathers on our travels.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Fuddruckers

Fuddruckers is soon to be no more.


It was announced this week that the brand is to be liquidated. Fuddruckers was founded in Texas in 1979. As of last year there were 156 Fuddruckers.

I've never eaten at one but did see a branch at The Orleans Casino in Las Vegas back in 2011.

Fuddruckers in Las Vegas

If you've never seen the film Idiocracy check it out for a brilliant Fuddruckers visual gag.

Orange Wednesday

Last Wednesday was a very orange Wednesday.


It was brilliant to spot this old Orange Mobile shop sign while we were in Oswestry last Wednesday. A relic from another time.

Tiny Phones Orange mobile shop in Oswestry

We popped into a charity shop to escape the rain and while browsing spotted this old Orange mobile phone too. I used to sell mobiles from that era when I got my first job at Tandy back in 1996!

Motorola MR20 mobile phone from 1996

Orange launched in 1994 and merged with EE in 2010. The orange brand was continued until 2015 with existing customer plans ceasing in 2019.

Tiny Phones Orange mobile shop in Oswestry

Tiny Phones Orange mobile shop in Oswestry

Other lost and defunct brands

We've seen a number of old shop signs and retro retail remnants on our travels including Tandy in Hitchin; RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea; Toys R Us stores in Ancoats, ManchesterWarringtonHanley, Stoke-on-Trent and PrestonWoolworths Big W in Brunstane, Edinburgh; Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent; BHS in Stockport; Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness; Cooltrader in Blackpool; Happy Shopper in Preston and Blockbuster Video stores in ManchesterColneOldhamCheadle HulmeMarpleHastingsFelixstowe, Telford, Prescot and Chester.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Happy Shopper

Finding a Happy Shopper store in Preston.


Happy Shopper in Preston

Short of completing my Time Machine and heading back to 1999 I thought it was nigh on impossible to find an old Happy Shopper shop sign. I guess yesterday was my lucky day.

Happy Shopper in Preston
What a sign

I just happened to be wearing the right colour jacket for the photo too!

Happy Shopper in Preston
I'm always a happy shopper when I find old branding and interesting signs. We'd gone to Preston to take a look at the abandoned Toys R Us store there

I remember seeing the Happy Shopper shops and branded products a lot when I was a kid.

Happy Shopper in Preston

The Happy Shopper branding was changed in the year 2000 and I think it lost a lot of its charm and individuality. Many of the former Happy Shopper stores were rebranded as Premier shops.

Happy Shopper in Preston

Happy Shopper does still exist, as both convenience stores and own brand food & drink products.


Do you remember Happy Shopper? Did you have a favourite Happy Shopper product?

Lost shops

On our travels we've seen a number of old shop signs and retro retail remnants including Tandy in Hitchin; RadioShack in St Annes on the Sea; Toys R Us stores in Ancoats, Manchester, Warrington, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and PrestonWoolworths Big W in Brunstane, Edinburgh; 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 OldhamCheadle HulmeMarpleHastingsFelixstowe, Telford, Prescot and Chester.

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.

Lost shops - Burger King in Chester

Spotting a fast food ghost sign in Chester.


Burger King ghost sign in Chester

We spotted this ghost sign of a former Burger King while having a walk round Chester.

Burger King ghost sign in Chester

Burger King ghost sign in Chester

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.

Monday, August 24, 2020

FINGER LICKING CHICKEN in Withington, Manchester

Finger Licking Chicken in Withington, Manchester.


Finger Licking Chicken in Withington, Manchester

We've seen quite a few 'KFCs' on our travels, but the only Finger Licking Chicken we've spotted is in Withington, Manchester.

Finger Licking Chicken in Withington, Manchester

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Movie Box in Manchester

A look at a Manchester video shop.


The Movie Box in Manchester
You don't see video shops all that often any more

The Corner Store in Manchester
The shop is also called The Corner Store

The Corner Store in Manchester
And the Mac & PC Centre

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Some lost brand shop signs from my travels

A look at some lost brand shop signs from my travels.


Lost brand shop signs
Clockwise from top left Woolworths Big W in Brunstane, Edinburgh; Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester; Tandy in Hitchin; Blockbuster in Fallowfield, Manhester; Woolworths in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent; BHS in Stockport; Blockbuster Video Express in Colne; Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness; RadioShack in Saint Annes on the Sea


Do you have a favourite brand from the past?

Monday, August 17, 2020

Jubilee Films video shop in Ashton-under-Lyne

A look at the Jubilee Films video shop in Ashton-under-Lyne.


Jubilee Films video shop in Ashton-under-Lyne
Video, DVD and Laser Disks!

While doing some grocery shopping in Ashton-under-Lyne we took a look at the old Jubilee Films video shop on Old Street.

Jubilee Films video shop in Ashton-under-Lyne
Jubilee Films closed its doors in 2013, the same year as Blockbuster
 
Jubilee Films video shop in Ashton-under-Lyne
I wonder how many Laser Disks (sic) were still being rented or sold before the shop closed its doors for the final time?

Kansas Fried Chicken in Didsbury Village

Finding a 'KFC' in Didsbury Village, Manchester.


Kansas Fried Chicken in Didsbury Village

Another of the 'KFCs' we've seen on our travels is this Kansas Fried Chicken in Didsbury Village, Manchester.

Kansas Fried Chicken in Didsbury Village

Kansas Fried Chicken in Didsbury Village

There are other Kansas Fried Chicken shops in the Manchester and Cheshire area, including one in Handforth.