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On 16 Jul 2010 at 9:30am huw wrote:
Does anyone remember the name of the off license that used to be in the pedestrian precinct before it became Threshers then Costa coffee.
Been bugging me for ages.
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On 16 Jul 2010 at 11:24am Penguin wrote:
Was it Unwins ?
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On 16 Jul 2010 at 11:26am Decent Citizen wrote:
I believe it was .Before that it was Next.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 2:42pm huw wrote:
It was a small, independent wine merchants, not Uniwns.
I remember working in Threseher with bottles still with the previous shops price tags on, just can't remember the name.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 3:55pm TDA wrote:
Huw,
Interestingly (to me at least), Uniwns is impossible to say properly.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 4:11pm Clifford wrote:
Trieste is Trst in Serbo-Croat so i suppose they wouldn't have any trouble.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 5:05pm Glenda wrote:
It wasn't Next- I remember going to get my alcohol for the school disco, and Next was next door
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 6:03pm Numberjack wrote:
It was Roberts Off Licence.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 10:15pm Long Distance Whelker wrote:
I agree with Unwins (Costas is where Next was)
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 10:16pm supporter wrote:
it was unwins after Roberts
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 10:17pm Long Distance Whelker wrote:
No, I think I am wrong. Was Next where that seed and lentil shop is (?Julian something)?
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On 16 Jul 2010 at 10:25pm Glenda wrote:
LDW, that used to be Mears the greengrocers. I think Holland & Barratt was where Next was.
 
 
On 16 Jul 2010 at 11:55pm TDA wrote:
This sounds like conversations my nan and grandad had. A lot.
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On 17 Jul 2010 at 8:06am numberjack wrote:
In abt 1978, Roberts was next door to Boots, then Kendalls Ladies wear, then Gerrards fruit & veg, and then Trueform foot wear.
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On 17 Jul 2010 at 12:37pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I still miss Mears! I think the fate of both the former Mears' premises exemplifies up the change in the character of Lewes over the last 15-20 years. One is now full of seeds and lentils, the other's a bloody Cafe Nero.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 6:24pm Decent Citizen wrote:
I asked several shopkeepers in the Cliffe(those of some years standing) what they remember Cafe Nero premises were before. All rememberNEXT as being there followed by off licence!The shoeshop was where Specsavers is now.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 7:36pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Isn't that Costa Coffee? I thought Cafe Nero was the one at the top of the town, that used to be the Wine Cellars.
I thought Specsavers used to be the Friday Ad shop. There was a travel agent along that stretch at one time, too, possibly Thomas Cook.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 9:19pm footymum wrote:
The travel agents was Lunn Poly and Specsavers is in the old friday ad shop.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 9:58pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Yes absolutely right A C T Costa Coffee. And you Footy Mum my mistake. It would appear from my enquiries that NEXT was where Costa Coffee is now. My memory goes back even further,before precinct was built.On corner where Boots is, was a carpet shop. I knew someone who worked there.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 10:27pm Frankfurtersausage wrote:
Next ( formally Kendalls) became Holland and Barratt, The off licence ( Roberts) was next to Boots and is now Costa Coffee. Julian Graves was Lunn poly and before that Mears. Specsavers was Fridays Ad(Who moved there after the fire in the cliffe) and Truform before that .
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 10:35pm Glenda wrote:
Spot on, Frankfurter. I should know where NEXT was, I practically lived in there.
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 11:26pm Frankfurtersausage wrote:
Ha ha. I used to work there
 
 
On 17 Jul 2010 at 11:41pm The Tooth Fairy wrote:
ACT, poignant comment regarding the Mears premises, one can almost link the demise of the town with their closing. Fruit and veg shops without a pretentious cafe inside, whatever next.
Fludes stood where Boots is today, and the original 'Rons Stores' was around in Eastgate Street next to the Volunteer.
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 10:03am jrsussex wrote:
The truly sad fact is that Lewes, as with many other towns in the UK is gradually losing its small retail outlets that we all love to have. Unfortunately the well used expression is true "Use it or lose it". We are the ones to blame for these losses by using the large retailers and ignoring the plight of the small businesses. Sad fact but true!!
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 10:39am Elsie wrote:
It was Country Casuals before it was next, got my school jumper from there only to be sent home to change every other day, because apparently it was lilac and not grey.
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 11:08am dry cleaner wrote:
........ And now Tesco's want to put the towns dry cleaners out of business by putting a dry cleaners in their store..........What next?
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 12:52pm jrsussex wrote:
Don't use Tesco's, use the one that you have always used. Unfortunately most people will use Tesco's so the small guy will eventually be forced to close.
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 1:15pm not from around here wrote:
JRSussex is right - it always amazes me that people feel that because a large chain adds extra facilities they MUST use them. If you like your local small businesses then just support them in the best way by buying stuff from them.
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 2:56pm jrsussex wrote:
Give you a true example. Village pub with 1,700 population in the village, if each of them had, once a week, purchased a small beer, cup of coffee or a gin and tonic the pub would have remained financially viable. They didn't so they now have no pub, At the time letters of complaint were sent, petitions organised to no avail, why? Because it was too little too late. The moral is if there is a small business near you that you like and feel is good for the community then just once a week go and purchase something there, as not from arouhd here says, you don't have to purchase everything from the large chains. Sorry to bang on but it is a metter on which I have strong feelings. It is not enough that the "big boys" have most of the market with their large stores, they have to open up smaller outlets (Tesco Express's etc) to be absolutely sure of killing of the small guy.
 
 
On 18 Jul 2010 at 5:41pm supporter wrote:
Boots used to be Fludes Carpets.
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On 18 Jul 2010 at 10:42pm Lewes Computer Guy wrote:
And do any of you remember the "Record Bar"
 
 
On 19 Jul 2010 at 9:55am Penguin wrote:
Bought my first single in there. Space Oddity by David Bowie.
 
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On 19 Jul 2010 at 10:09am A Bit Slow wrote:
Yes supporter, we've established that.
 
 
On 19 Jul 2010 at 11:15am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
When I first moved to Lewes, I worked at Pelham House and could do most of my shopping in the triangle between Fisher Street, the High Street and the Barbican.
There was Dewhursts (now Monsoon) and Priors (Flint) for meat, Mears (Cafe Nero) for fruit and veg, a bakers (now Dilraj) in Fisher Street, household goods in Ransoms (Ask) and I used to get millk from Forbouys when I went in for my paper. I'd go to Safeway once a week for butter, cheese and any frozen stuff, down the Cliffe to the fishmongers (there were 2) and pet shop for my dog food.
Not one of the shops I used to use in that central part of town went on to be anything of everyday usefulness.
I also used to use the bookshop in Fisher Street quite a bit, that's now a letting agency.



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