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Disappearing history: 9 beloved York shops lost to the Great British high street decline

York's city centre has been badly hit by the continued downturn of the British high street.

We take a look back at some of the beloved York stores that have disappeared from the high street in recent years thanks to the popularity of internet shopping and rocketing business rates.

Designer fashion retailer Coggles closed the doors of its York store in 2013 after the struggling outlet was snapped up by The Hut Group.

1. Coggles

Designer fashion retailer Coggles closed the doors of its York store in 2013 after the struggling outlet was snapped up by The Hut Group.
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In 2016, BHS went into administration, leading to huge job losses and closures nationwide, including the long-standing shop on York's Coney Street. The space still remains empty, though a new buyer was found in early 2019.

2. BHS

In 2016, BHS went into administration, leading to huge job losses and closures nationwide, including the long-standing shop on York's Coney Street. The space still remains empty, though a new buyer was found in early 2019.
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Expecting mum and baby traded for 17 years in York, selling specialist maternity wear, baby clothes and toys before falling victim to tough high street conditions and closing in 2018

3. Expecting Mum and Baby

Expecting mum and baby traded for 17 years in York, selling specialist maternity wear, baby clothes and toys before falling victim to tough high street conditions and closing in 2018
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Jones Bootmaker was a local favourite and traded for 20 years out of a Tudor building once home to Sir Thomas Herbert, a great friend of Charles I. In 2017, renationalisation of the company led to the closure of the York branch.

4. Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker was a local favourite and traded for 20 years out of a Tudor building once home to Sir Thomas Herbert, a great friend of Charles I. In 2017, renationalisation of the company led to the closure of the York branch.
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