Marks & Spencer’s closes in Keighley this weekend

This weekend, the Marks & Spencer store in Keighley closes its doors for the last time. The company has decided that the 21 April 2018 will be the last day of trading in this branch. The shop moved to its current location on Low Street in the 1930s and was built on the site of the old Fleece Inn. The shop survived the redevelopment of the town centre in the 1960s, the shortening of Low Street when Worth Way was built, and the development of the covered Airedale Shopping Centre in the 1980s. These photographs show the store at various points in its history and have all been taken from the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr.

Marks & Spencer store on Low Street, circa 1940. Photograph donated by Barbara Klempka.
Market Street, demolition. Photographed by Allan Smith, circa 1970.
Building a roof over the Airedale Shopping Centre. 1980s.
Airedale Shopping Centre, 1990s.
Low Street. Photographed by Christopher M. Kelly in 2001.
Marks & Spencer, Airedale Shopping Centre entrance, photographed by Tim Neal on 02 February 2018.
Marks & Spencer, Low Street entrance. Photographed by Tim Neal on 19 April 2018.

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