Before there was Selfridges, Sears, JCPenney, John Lewis or Nordstrom there was Allders. Allders was a department store in my part of the world that stood the test of time, right up until this Autumn.
As a child I rode my bike into town with friends and hung around the shopping precinct which Allders fronted and got in trouble with the security men for riding up to the plate glass windows and doing skids, bouncing off the glass. It wasn’t us though, it was some other kids, honest.
Anyway, Allders, which had been around since 1862, had been in trouble for years. It was old school – marbled floors, wooden display cabinets and rickety old escalators. And it was filled with stuff that you could get on the internet. It had no chance.
We took a last tour of the old lady:
The place is emptied out. We started going through the perfumery area – Clinique, Clarins etc – nothing left! Then down to the basement.
The basement was full of all things a cook needs – cookers, grills, fridges, freezers, bread-makers, pots, pans, cutlery and food processers. Now it’s all gone!
So this Christmas there won’t be a last minute rush to Allders – because it won’t be there. Sad days indeed!
I’d like to thank my wife for putting up with me for the past 4 hours I have spent trying to get the Greg Lake tune on this post to synch over this bloody video clip. WordPress is great, mostly, but it has driven me sodding mad trying to get the video to work with the music overlaid on it!