- Gosocial.co has compiled list of former British high street favourites
- Ravel, Etam and Kookai were essential clothes shops for 90s teens
- Woolworths was loved for pic ‘n’ mix and affordable school uniforms
- Our Price was bought out by Virgin Megastore but did not survive
If you remember renting videos from Blockbuster to enjoy with pick ‘n’ mix from Woolworths, or saving up to buy a top from Kookaï, the sight of these now defunct high street stores will give you serious nostalgia.
Gosocial.co has compiled a list of former retail favourites that ‘we miss from the ’90s’ and it will have you harking back to the days when Etam and its younger sister brand Tammy Girl were the height of fashion.
While some such as Virgin Megastore fell victim to progress and the advent of MP3s and then streaming, others such as Ravel were taken over by different brands.
The iconic shop, famous for its pick n’ mix sweets, school uniforms and cheap deals, went into liquidation in 2008
The first branch of the record store opened on Finchley Road in London in 1971 and became the UK’s second largest retailer of tapes and music before being closed down in 2004 following a takeover by Virgin four years earlier
Between 1987 and 2013 Past Times sold chintzy nostalgic memorabilia such as scented drawer liners Victorian curios
If you still miss Ravel’s footwear, you can buy online or from some department stores after it was taken over by Clarks
Supermarket group Safeway was taken over by rival Morrisons in a £2.9 billion deal in 2005
Kookai was the place to go for a glamorous frock back in the day. Ten years after it disappeared from the high street you can find the odd piece on department store websites
Generations of shoppers mourned the demise of Woolworths – so long a staple of the high street
French retailer Etam was also home to younger brand Tammy Girl, which was the perfect place to pick up a t-shirt emblazoned with Surfer Babe, 100% angel or Disco Chick
Before Netflix took over your life, you had to go all the way to a Blockbuster store to get the latest releases on DVD or video before that
Littlewoods is still riding high thanks to collaborations with the likes of Myleene Klass, but it used to exist as a physical high street store
MK One was a favourite budget retailer with young teens before closing in 2008