These are the nostalgic high street brands UK shoppers miss the most

With UK high streets looking very different to 10 years ago, a survey from reveals the top 10 high streets brands that shoppers want to see back

Thursday, 5th November 2020, 12:23 pm
The British high street looks very different to ten years ago

Check out the list below for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Over half the people surveyed wanted to see Woolworths back on the high street. Woolies, as it was affectionately known. Was famous for its pick ‘n’ mix sweet section, and in the 1980s boasted the biggest selling pop music section in the UK. The store went into administration in 2008, shutting its doors for the final time in 2009.
This kids toy superstore, that was once a haven for children everywhere, was second on the list with 18 per cent of people keen to see it return. The final Toys R Us stores were closed down in April 2018 after 34 years on the high street, but shoppers can still buy toys via the brand’s website.

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A high street staple for 88 years before it plunged into administration in 2016, British Home Stores was third on the list. The department store sold everything from clothing to household items. The store is now online only specialising in homeware and lighting.
The bookstore chain Borders Books was fourth on the list with five per cent of voters wanting it back on the high street. The American owned bookshop chain was a rival to Waterstones before it went into administration in 2009. At its peak, there were 41 shops around the UK.
The women’s based clothing retailer was trendy on the high street in the early 2000s, selling clothes aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, until it went bust in 2011. The company is now owned by Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks.
The high street clothing shop takes the sixth spot on the list. The Dutch owned clothing retailer specialised in good quality coats. It closed all 109 of its UK stores over nine months in 2000 after losing £250 million over five years.
Long before IKEA dominated the flatpack furniture market in the UK, retailer MFI was a staple in retail parks and high streets. The furniture shop was one of the largest suppliers of kitchens and bedroom furniture in the country. MFI ceased trading after the financial crisis in 2008.
Founded by South African Roy Bishko, Tie Rack was often found in stations and airports and in some of the biggest UK shopping centres. Unfortunately, after a slow decline in sales, the gentleman's accessory store closed down in 2013.
Once an iconic place to pick up your weekend movie treat, Blockbuster movie rentals once had over 800 stores in the UK. After a steady move to online movie rentals and streaming services, the company placed its UK subsidiaries into administration in 2013.
The electrical retail chain was formed in 1993, and was iconic for its bright orange and black logo and ‘We live electricals’ branding. The stores sold everything from TVs to household electrics. The final shops were closed down nationwide in December 2012.