Co-op department store sold everything from ink to all latest fashion accessories
LAST week's announcement of the closure of the Midlands Co-op department stores across Derbyshire brings to an end 70 years of history.
Its flagship premises stands proudly on the corner of East Street and Exchange Street, Derby.
The building has seen hundreds of thousands of customers through its doors since it opened in the mid-1930s.
There must also have been thousands of staff who have worked there over the decades, too.
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Its impressive large window displays at Christmas, attracted the attention of thousands of children keen to see the wonderful toys being sold in its must-visit toy department.
These two fabulous photographs, taken by the Derby Telegraph's chief photographer Dick Arnold, show two of the store's department in their 1950s-60s heyday.
The photograph, above, shows the drapery section, while the picture, right, shows a well-stocked stationery department.
To mark this end of an era in the history of Midlands Co-op, we would like to read your recollections of shopping visits during its heyday.
Also, did you work there? Perhaps it was your first job when you left school? Please send us your memories, contact details are on Page 2.