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    Our general dealers was called Turnbull's and my memories are very much like sweep's. My Turnbull always seemed grumpy (although my mam says he was actually very nice). I think he had that sort of face. A cross between Barry Cryer and Beaker from the muppets with a shock of thick white hair, glasses and a protruding bottom lip. He wore the brown overall and had a bacon slicer which used to mesmorise me! He had broken biscuits too - lovely!
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    We had a few near us when I was younger. The nearest was called A & H Graham. They sold mainly food from what I can remember. Everything from cereal, tinned stuff, iced lollies amd sweets. They also had a cooked meats and cheese counter with one of those huge slicers and the owner would always pinch a piece when slicing meat.

    There was an off licence which was simply kmown as the "out-door". They had beer on tap and you could take an empty mineral bottle and get it filled, They even had beer towels on the counter.

    The 3rd was called Nicholls. I can't really remember what they sold apart from Vimto ice cups. Yummmm.
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    Well one of my corner shops still exists to this day.
    its called mackles.
    its still in exactly the same place it ever was.
    its been running for at least fifty yrs.

    it still sells sweets behind the counter.
    they are kept in those clear plastic screw top bottles.
    and they give them to you in a white paper bag.
    you can still get half pound of this or quarter pound of that.

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    Didn't some of them also cash in on the video craze by adding video librays full of dubbed European video nasties/Mad Max Rip offs or obscure video titles as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhelsing View Post
    Didn't some of them also cash in on the video craze by adding video librays full of dubbed European video nasties/Mad Max Rip offs or obscure video titles as well?
    very true mate.

    we had loads of corner shops in my town.
    one called odds and bobs and it sold everything sweets,videos,computer games and consoles.

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    I remember a few newsagents had a shelf or 2 of videos to hire.

    There was one that lasted until the mid 1990s by renting out games & consoles to play them on, as well as trading in 2nd hand games & consoles.
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    We had a whole street full of nice independent shops as a child. Oxford Road, Reading. On the far corner was a nice West Indian shop run by a middle aged couple. my parents got to know them well over the years, then there was a newsagents next to it, run by a brother and sister who were middle aged. The West Indian shop sold fruit and veg, sweets, canned foods etc and was painted blue outside, in particular they also sold tropical fruits and veg. The old man died, the woman didn't really get over it and she eventually retired as her kids didn't want to run the shop. The newsagents sold all the usual things but also lots of nice pocket money toys. I remember before I went into hospital for an operation at the age of 4, a few days before Dad, my sister and I went in and I was allowed to choose a toy, I chose a cheapo garage set that had a green plastic car and an orange one with black dumbell style wheels clipped onto the body, they easily broke . There was also a figure molded in blue plastic and a set of blue petrol pumps with white/pink/black stickers and I also think a circular petrol logo on a stand...Memories. I got the set after I was discharged from hospital - Dad gave it to me on the day I was to come home! Anyhow, sadly as the mid 80's came alone thugs came to the newsagents and did a smash and grab raid, they assaulted the old lady there, and bruised her face badly in the robbery. It even made the local paper. By that time her brother had also died so she never got over the robbery/assault and sold up....The rest of the parade had other shops, we used to sometimes get the odd thing or two from the nearby Halal shop too run by Mr Latif...

    I must say, and this has been something I've thought of saying on this thread and I don't want to offend, but even though I'm Sri Lankan Asian I do ascribe to my parents musings that after a lot of the corner shops and newsagents were bought up by Pakistani, Bangaladeshi and Indian people even the quality of the shops went down hill...well they did in my area...thats not being racist, its based on manners, their lack of customer service and the prices. True, prices have to be a bit up to justify expenditure on stock but it was different as a child...I oddly felt shops run by White people were far friendlier, mannerly,...Now newsagents seem to try and stock everything and gone are the days of each shop having a character of their own...and then theres the fact that the individual English Butchers, Bakers, Grocers etc are gone...True also, we as consumers are to blame...supermarkets became the norm due to our 'ooh its all the more convenient under one roof' so they expanded...we stopped visiting the butcher, the baker and green grocer etc for the likes of Tesco's, Sainsbury's, M & S etc...well, especially Tesco's and Sainsbury's as their prices were predominantly cheaper compared to the luxuriant M & S and Waitrose's....perhaps I'm illustrating my prejudices, but we all have those but mass consumerism destroyed individual small businesses really....It would be nice if more cottage industries rise up and slowly draw away customers from the strangleholds the giants have on us now...life is circular so it may slowly happen but being circular it will also mean the return of the giants of such industries over time....one things for sure, I don't like how Tesco's is involved in everything...they make me sick.

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    Couldn agree more about the big supermarkets we have seven within a twelve mile radius as a result the town centers are full of pound shops,charity shops and very little else even the local market for so long the heart of the town is now on its knees

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    I remember a three, well two were opposite each other and I used to pop into on way home from school, woulda gotta a proper glass bottle of coke round that time too, and their mini pies were lovely. I even remember in the other one getting glass bottles of Crusha Raspberry or Banana milkshake.

    but the most regular I went to was just five min walk away, round the corner, it was a great wee corner shop back then cause it was a bit 'thrown together' in that the Counter was old, with newspapers all over it, along the side and down the back was some foods and a public phone (LOL), all the sweeties at like what 22p back then, displayed up behind the people who served, and a big glass display unit with likes of chew sweets like Pacers, gum, etc just by the door. And in the other side when you walked through was all VHS movies you could rent (haha I can still remember the 80s covers!), and cards, and comics, etc. It wasnt all bright and 'perfect' like today's shops, it was great back then. hehe.

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    There are 3 corner shops near not too different, though none with any videos or DVD's to rent.
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