Once upon a time, before chain stores, coffee houses and shopping malls dominated Aberdeen’s retail scene, the city was booming with independent businesses.
But now that major chains supply nearly everything we need and the internet lets us shop from our sofas, the numbers of these shopping institutions have dwindled.
Renowned regional retailers like One Up and E&Ms sadly fell to the pressure of modern day trading whilst others had to downsize and become more ‘niche’.
This list may seem like something from a period drama for one or two generations, but for others, these 13 Aberdeen shops that aren’t trading anymore will no doubt jog a memory or two.
1) The Rubber Shop
It was one of those stores ‘that made you forget what you went in for’.
Although the flooring business will remain, the furniture Alexander’s furniture sales will cease in December after 156 years in the trade.
Pictured above is Caroline McLeod who won a mountain bike as part of a competition the store was running to mark its opening.
4) C F Benzies
5) One Up
It thrived for thirty years from four separate locations – Rosemount, Diamond Street, George Street and Belmont Street.
7) Esslemont & MacIntosh
The department store sold all sorts from clothing to household goods.
8) Bruce Millers
It closed its doors in 2011 after a century of specialised trading.
It now runs as a nail bar on Holburn Street.
10) Isaac Benzies
The family business traded under its original name until 1972 before rebranding as Arnott and moving to Victoria Road in Torry.
13) Toy Bazaar
It’s now known as Haig’s.