Tales of retail, but are there any surprises in store?

Westgate Arcade
Westgate Arcade
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Peterborough city centre has seen many changes throughout the years.

Recently the centre has been revamped with the key areas of Cathedral Square,Bridge Street and Long Causeway all being regenerated by the city council.

Viva La Rock

Viva La Rock

Businesses come and go and the changing face of the High Street means there are fewer retailers and offices and more food outlets and homes in the centre.

This week we have pictures from our archives of some of the well-known retailers that have been part of the fabric of the city’s economy.

The corner of Westgate and Long Causeway was the home to different stores. I’m guessing Poundstretcher came after Woodhouse. What sort of store was Woodhouse?

Another picture shows the entrance to Westgate Arcade and a rather delapidated Riverside. Do you know when the pictures were taken? What was Viva La Rock?

Sheltons in Broadway

Sheltons in Broadway

Then there is the picture of one of the most famous city department stores,Sheltons on Broadway, which was later converted into luxury flats and is located next to Broadway theatre. The other picture shows Peter Richards which looks like it was a large ladies clothes store on the corner of Midgate and Broadway.

My favourite picture this week is the one taken in the same area.

And why is it my favourite?

I just love the way the pedestrians are taking over the road. I don’t think impatient motorists would allow that these days!

Peter Richards

Peter Richards

As always, if you have any memories to share please get in touch.

Pedestrians take over the road!

Pedestrians take over the road!

Poundstretcher in Long Causeway

Poundstretcher in Long Causeway

The Woodhouse store

The Woodhouse store