A new study has unearthed the retailers Liverpool are missing the most.

Liverpool city center has changed dramatically over the years with a host of new retailers popping up in the city’s expanding shopping districts, while some familiar brands have disappeared.

Those who have fallen by the wayside can keep fond memories and are often our first employers.

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It’s not until they close the shutters for the last time that we realize how close they were to the main street.

A new study by UK analyzed search volume and social media engagement with some of our favorite brands to find out which ones we really miss the most.

Woolworths, which closed in 2009 (and where this writer got his first Saturday job), has been number one for years, but now there’s a new name in the top spot.

So prepare for a bit of nostalgia as you parse through Liverpool’s shopping streets past.

5. Blockbuster – closed in 2013

It’s been almost a decade since the last Blockbuster closed its doors, but it retains a spot on the nostalgic list.

Those of us of a certain age will remember spending hours walking the aisles, reading the back of every video or DVD box trying to choose a selection to rent.

It collapsed into administration in 2013 after being permanently affected by online competition.

Could we ever see a return of Blockbuster? Unfortunately, probably not. With online streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, a Blockbuster revival would be out of sheer nostalgia and zero convenience.

But with 3,600 searches per month for the brand, it is clear that we have never forgotten them!

4. Mothercare – closed in 2020

Mothercare was an important part of many parents’ lives as they would go to the store when a new baby was born.

It’s no surprise, then, that 55% of people engaged with a sad reaction to news of the brand’s collapse on social media.

In November 2019, Mothercare announced that it was to close its UK business after bringing in administrators. The company, which opened its first store in 1961, had often struggled to compete with cheap supermarket clothing lines and the rise of online shopping.

Mothercare had a place on Parker Street in Liverpool city centre, but the latest to close in the area was the Aintree Retail Park supermarket, which went out of business in 2020 after the brand went bankrupt.

3. BHS – closed in 2016

British Home Stores, or BHS, was a staple of Lord Street in the city center for many years until it closed in 2016. It is now an H&M store.

With 51% of people reacting angrily to the brand’s collapse, the blame was certainly pinned on Sir Philip Green’s management of the group.

BHS was part of the Arcadia group and was sold for £1 in March 2015. All BHS stores closed at the end of August 201 in the biggest retail slump after Woolworths.

The department store was a major part of Britain’s high street and sorely lacking as many of the city center’s most prominent retail units stood empty.

2. Woolworths – closed in 2009

Liverpool was home to the very first Woolworths store in the UK, which opened on Church Street in 1909. This particular outlet closed in the 1980s and later became an entrance for Liverpool ONE.

But the store that lasted until Woolworths collapsed in 2009 is in St John’s shopping centre, which is now an Aldi.

The only real way to describe Woolworths is Poundland with far more ambition. Where else would you go if you needed a bag of pick ‘n’ mix, a wardrobe of kids’ clothes and a new CD?

Woolworths became a hot topic after a rumor in 2020 of an imminent return prompted people to search for the brand on Google and Twitter. Unfortunately, this rumor turned out to be a hoax, but the memories remain.

With 44% of people adoring the news of the brand’s return on social media, it proves that Woolies still has a place in all of our hearts.

1. Debenhams – closed in 2021

Debenhams at Liverpool ONE. Image: Google

A key part of the high street, being one of the UK’s largest department store retailers, the Debenhams Liverpool ONE store closed in May 2021 after selling off stock at a clearance sale.

The three-storey building in Lord Street could now be converted into a leisure facility including a go-kart track after plans were given the green light earlier this year.

When it closed, 57% of people reacted with sadness to the news of the brand’s collapse.

After landing in administration for the second time in a year, Debenhams has suffered from COVID-19 lockdowns.

Boohoo has resumed online operations to bring Debenhams back online, selling a range of their usual concessions and beauty products.