Remember when we had a Hamleys toy store in York?

Our photo today is from the late 1980s.

Coney Street – once the city’s premier shopping street – has seen tough times and lost so many of its big name stores, like so many other parts of the country.

In recent years we have lost Woolworths, BHS, Jaeger, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, to name a few.

Other familiar names have also passed from Coney Street – remember Leak & Thorp?

This week we reported on how an innovative project aims to bring empty Coney Street stores back to life.

Plans are underway to turn the empty stores into a printing house, museum and pop-up gallery as part of efforts to revitalize part of York.

Vacant properties will also be adapted for live and digital performances and heritage activities on Coney Street.

The plans are part of the University of York-run Street Life business, which has raised £ 469,765 from the government’s Community Renewal Fund.

Street Life aims to give Coney Street a vibrant post-pandemic future by reallocating empty units and forging connections between business premises and their heritage.

Don’t miss The Press tomorrow – Wednesday – for our new nostalgia supplement, where we take a look at how Coney Street has evolved over the years.

And if you like nostalgia, join our Facebook group, Why We Love York – Memories. Click here to join today!

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