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Shops 1990s

In the 1990s rapid changes were happening in High Street, following the end of Rushden Co-operative Society.

This began a gradual loss of much of our High Street and it is now a shadow of it's former grandeur.

Beewise took over this large shop c1995 on the site of the former Co-op department store, demolished in 1992.
It has since been taken on by QS, and Store 21.
subdivided in 2019 for Specsavers and Iceland 2021.

Abington's 1994 - Photo by Derek Savory

Solo 1994
Built in 1960 - now in July 1994 when Solo traded here

Housewives Choice
This block built in 1935 - now Wendy's shoes and Housewives Choice c1990

old name board uncovered in 1992 Wholefoods
Formerly London Central Meat Co. Ltd. - the name boards uncovered in 1992

right & below - the new Wholefoods shop in 1994

In 1994 Studio 13 & Wholefoods, Junior Choice,
Bugby's Fish Shop up for sale, and Herbies Too with white name board.

W H Smith (now closed), Bits & Pieces, and Imperial Cancer Charity Shop
In 2023 - Food (Europe), and renamed Thing-me-jigz & Cancer Research UK

shop window
132 High Street
Punchinello & Gatrad Opticians 1998

Sound & Video 1997
Keith Hill's Art Gallery and Sound & Video
at 13 and 17 Church Street in 1997
In 2023 this building is being converted into three little cottages.

Bates name 15, 17 & 19 Church St
13, 15 and 17 Church Street in 2023

The old BATES name board recently uncovered during refurbishment of these buildings and conversion back to residential properties.
When Matthew Bates left Jabez Cowley
took over his shop.

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