They were once the mainstays of every main street in the city.

But due to changing shoppers’ habits and the advent of internet shopping, what was once powerful has fallen over the past decade in a series of almighty crashes.

This does not mean, however, that we have forgotten them; in fact, there are regular google searches for long gone shopping street chains.

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And research by the Raisin Savings and Investing website found that the top five channels people still search for on Google.

The graph below uses Buzzsumo’s research data between November 2016 and November 2021 with analyzes of people’s feelings towards the old channels in their searches.

Here’s a bit more about each chain, whether they’ve been resurrected online and where their physical stores in Sheffield once were.

1. Debenhams



Queues of shoppers looking for a bargain outside Debenhams on The Moor, Sheffield on May 15, 2021, the last day of the store

More than half (57%) of people reacted sadly to the news that this department store closed in December.

The retailer’s website crashed for days as shoppers scrambled for bargains, with Debenhams stores briefly reopening to empty inventory.

Boohoo resumed its online operations to bring Debenhams back online, selling a range of its usual dealerships and beauty products that customers loved, with the re-introduction of the beauty club.

Boohoo has also started rehiring to open a flagship Debenhams store with the aim of bringing Debenhams back to Britain’s Main Street.

The huge Debenhams store on The Moor closed in May 2021. A London-based real estate company, MLA, bought out the lease for the building in March.

2. Woolworth



Woolworth's, Hillsborough, the last day December 30, 2008
Woolworth’s, Hillsborough, the last day December 30, 2008

More than two-fifths of people reacted positively to the announcement of the brand’s return on social media.

The chain, founded by American retail magnate Frank Winfield Woolworth, had 1,141 stores in the UK at its peak in the late 1960s.

By the late 1990s, however, Woolworths had become anachronistic and after a series of unsuccessful attempts to adapt to the changing retail market, it took office in November 2008. The last Woolworths stores have closed in January 2009.

What used to be Woolworths on The Moor is now a new look.

The old Woolies on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, is now a Heron Foods.

Here is a list of the 40 Lost Yorkshire Woolies and what happened to them.

3. BHS

When British Home Stores collapsed in 2016, more than half (51%) reacted with anger.

BHS was part of the Arcadia group, managed by Sir Philip Green who then sold BHS for £ 1 in March 2015 to Retail Acquisitions Ltd run by serial bankrupt, and later imprisoned tax evader Dominic Chappell.

The BHS brand exists by selling erm lamps … and lighting.

The former BHS on The Moor (pictured above) closed in 2016 and is now a Next, Tui, Greggs and a Costa coffee.

4. Maternal care



Mothercare, Barker's Pool, in 2012
Mothercare, Barker’s Pool, in 2012

More than half (55%) showed a sad reaction to the end of Mothercare on UK shopping streets in the UK in 2020.

The baby and toddler chain, founded in 1961, was the first call for most expectant parents to sell baby clothes, strollers, car seats and more.

The company still exists and Boots sells some of its products online.

Mothercare franchises still operate overseas.

Sheffield lost her Mothercare early on when her Barkers Pool store closed in 2017. The unit was a Stone The Crows housewares store but was empty in May 2021.

5. Blockbuster



Blockbuster Video & DVD Rental, Berkeley Precinct, Ecclesall Road
Blockbuster Video & DVD Rental, Berkeley Precinct, Ecclesall Road

Streaming services killed Blockbuster, it’s that simple. The idea of ​​going to a physical store to rent a low definition DVD seemed absurd when you could watch the same movie for less in high definition on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Still, there were 3.6,000 searches each month for the brand, so there is clearly still some sort of tracking even though there is a better chance of Lord Lucan returning.

Blockbuster, at the Berkeley Center, Eccleshall Road, closed when the chain went bankrupt in 2013. It’s now a Boots.

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