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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Corner Shop


The CDPB theme this month is "Corner Shop".

This is just a house. Where is the shop I hear you cry?

Alas, corner shops are an endangered species. A few have survived and some have been transformed into a Tesco Express. Many are closed.

This house on the corner of Croft Street and Railway Street was once a shop and you can see how it looked 100 years ago on Old Hyde.

To view thumbnails for all the other participants in this month's theme visit the CDPB portal

36 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo. If you clicked on the link to the shop "Louis" showed, he suspects you would be even more hungry!

"Louis" enjoyed both photos of your corner shop - the now and the then at Old Hyde.

bitingmidge said...

What a great idea, and I think a somewhat sad record of both the passing of the shop, but also the "sanitising" of the architecture!

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

Denton said...

Your are right, corner shops are an endangered species. Your link to 100 years ago is very effective.

Denton from Greenville and the Daily Photo Map.

Marie-Noyale said...

I liked it better a hundred years ago!!
but I guess we are a little responsible for those closings too...

andrée said...

Neat house, interesting conversion. Now I want to see inside! The only thing we have is general stores in the villages, no big ones. Well, not close by, but 30-40 miles away or in Canada or New Hampshire.

Neva said...

What an interesting corner shop...

Chuck Pefley said...

Very interesting and sobering post.

Chuck Pefley said...

Ghosts of the past are gone now like the shop, I expect.

Kate said...

It looks like it would make a great corner shop, tho!!

mirage2g said...

The older photo still looks like some of the shops here, the ground floor are shops and upper floors are apartments...

What do they sell btw? And Happy Theme Day!

Helen said...

Nice choice for today, Gerald. I like you link to 100 years ago. Very effective.

Gordon said...

It seems a common theme - the closure of corner shops; progress? I liked the now and then posts.

USelaine said...

The saving grace in the UK is that the building is still there! Too many US cities here would tear it down, or at least render it unrecognizable.

Ben said...

A "100 years" is a long time but I'm glad you linked to the post on your old hyde post. Many shops are changed in the town in time to time and our post office will be moving in next month.
Fantastic idea!

Ham said...

I Like the treatment you've given to both, And yes, they are vanishing ever faster. While I was taking my shot I had an urge to take a film camera out on a quest to record corner shops country wide. I'll sit down and have a cup of tea till the urge passes.

Abraham Lincoln said...

You are right, of course, the corner shops are not like they used to be. I am glad you also showed us a link to how this used to look because not even in my wildest imagination could I ever have pictured this big of a change.

Nice post, Gerald, for theme day.

babooshka said...

I might have Known you would have something like this. Sadly it's so true though. I could't shoot the shop I wanted, I had to shoot the mall it was contained in. I grew up with the all purpose local corner shop, sadly future genrations won't. Excellent point made in your post.

Kim said...

Wow Gerald, I wouldn't have recognized it as the same place with the bricked up windows on the side and the smaller ones on the first floor. Nice way to show how commercial spaces are dwindling.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Peter Fristedt said...

I like your "twist" of the theme. Well done Gerald!

Happy theme day!
Stockholm by pixels

Tanya said...

I love how you did the "before and after" for the theme day!

alice said...

A travel through the time...

Chris said...

Very neat post, Gerald. I agree that corner shops are a dying breed. Sigh. It's sad that big-box stores have flourished so much. It's awful here, as you might expect.

For theme day, I'm showing a bit of my former store (since it fits the bill) if you're interested. . .

The D in D & T said...

It's terribly sad isnt it. You see this happening in Australia too, not so much in Athens though - which is a great thing.

Knoxville Girl said...

What I am finding most interesting about this theme is seeing the global patterns of how we live our daily lives and how many of us are on parallel tracks. I really like how you put this in historical context through your photos. Corner shops are coming back to my downtown neighborhood, but I think that is an exception rather than a trend.

Lezard said...

That's a sad story! You cannot get the same service in a Tesco shop as in a local store, but I guess most people are not ready anymore to pay an extra cent for that....

Kelly said...

Very well done! Loved reading your post!

marley said...

Your photo highlights the problem of local shops being run out of town by the big boys. I liked the contrast of the old photo too!

Sakiwi said...

Yes, indeed, they are a dying breed in the age of commercial consumerism.

Mo said...

Well it is sad your corner store has gone. Actually the M&S I posted is on a corner with a history that does give it some credibility to be included.

Lynette said...

Your post is classic, Gerald. I am so impressed that you have the past and the present for us. Thanks!

Keropok Man said...

I think all over the world, hypermarkets are taking over!

The French hypermarkets have arrived long time ago in Singapore. Many other hypermarkets have set up shop here.

Only Tesco that's not here yet! :-)

Keropok Man said...

oh yes,

Happy Theme Day!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

Corner shops seem to be doing quite well in once place, and that is Greece. Greeks just love to send their kids on their behalf to buy them their cigarettes, newspapers, daily cold coffee needs, sugar, sweets, chocolates, chewing gum, and all that other rubbish we buy from mini-markets, so they are a semi-thriving business

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

As said in the other blog: are you saying you don't have any more shop except Tesco?

Jackie said...

That's a really good choice for the theme day - a sad indictment of Tesco-culture these days.

Ashtonian said...

I suppose the nearest vestige of the corner shop is the local Spa Shop or Sellin out shop
http://www.pbase.com/ihor/image/61894273
or
http://www.pbase.com/ihor/image/91567818
or
http://www.pbase.com/ihor/image/91626662

Time was, when prices were fixed, so that it didn't matter where you shopped. Thus a short walk and you had everything from the Greengrocer, baker or butcher.

I grew up in a time where food was bought every day by me mum.

Then there came a change in the law. Prices could now be discounted, Britain starts to import the French concept of the supermarket, slowly the concept of shopping at ASDA and getting a months supply starts to become part of our lifestyle and visits to the corner shop begin to become less frequent. after a decade or two or three many corner shops are gone as indeed the high density housing in the form of terraced houseing are also gone. Corner shops become unsustainable at these reduced housing density and close.
Now we all buy cars and travel to the big superstores to buy our supplies.

The trouble is, While all this has been happening India and China have joined the way we do things and the price of energy begins to rise and keep rising.

There may be a case for the slow return to the corner shop when petrol hits £3 a litre.

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