Remember Woolworths, C&A and Zavvi? Shrewsbury shops you used to love

By Nathan Rowden | Shrewsbury | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Shrewsbury has changed an awful lot over the years, and with the new Primark on the way in July we have taken a look back at some of the high street names the town has loved and lost.

Woolworths at the top of Pride Hill

Here is a list of some of our most memorable high street shops that have disappeared.


It was one of the first and biggest casualties of the credit crunch when all of its stores closed down in 2008 and 2009.

Well, who could for get "Woolies"? Whether you wanted pick 'n' mix, CDs, DVDs, a garden brush or a Ladybird school uniform, you could usually get everything you need in Woolworths.

You are missed old friend.




Who remembers being dragged around C&A at the bottom of Pride Hill by their parents?

The Dutch clothing company which sold budget clothing was a stalwart in the town for many years.

In 1998 the store closed down in the town, and remained empty for a long time.



Blockbuster on the Meole Brace retail park

Blockbuster Video is one of the more recent closures in Shrewsbury.

While the site on Meole Brace retail park is now a state-of-the-art M&S Food store, it was once a place where families from all over the town would travel armed with their account cards and rent films.

Obviously with the introduction of Netflix, Amazon Prime, LOVEFiLM and on demand services, Blockbuster was never going to be able to compete.

JJB Sports

JJB Sports

Another Shrewsbury shopping centre casualty in 2012 was the JJB Sports store.

Whether you wanted football boots, tennis rackets or cricket gear, JJB had it all.

The shop in the Charles Darwin Centre was closed down after the company was bought out by Sports Direct, of course now located on the Meole Brace Retail Park.

Adams - Kids Love Fashion

Adams clothes store

This shop has a particular place in the hearts for children growing up in Shrewsbury.

It was one place kids loved to be taken clothes shopping.

With disco lights, games and snakes and ladders on the floor, it was always fun to play around while your parents picked out your clothes.

While Adams has shut down all of its stores you can still buy online.


Zavvi on Pride Hill

On Pride Hill Shrewsbury had a Virgin Megastore, which was bought out by Zavvi.

CDs, DVDs, computer games, you name it, Zavvi had it.

But in 2008 it lost its suppliers and was forced into administration.

While the stores were closed the group was able to carry on online after being saved by The Hut Group.


McDonald's in Pride Hill

Now of course McDonald's is still around and has other restaurants in the town, but we couldn't make this list without a tip of the hat to the Pride Hill restaurant which served its last Big Mac in 2017.

The medieval restaurant was a favourite in the town, whether you were shopping and needed lunch, or heading back from the nightclubs, McDonald's was a regular stopping point in the town centre.

If you have any more memories of shops in the town please leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

Nathan Rowden

By Nathan Rowden

Senior news feature writer based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Telford. I like to get out, meet people and tell their stories.


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