Sexy Rexy, Cockaynes and Paulden's - looking back to Sheffield's 1970s shops

Toy store Redgates, Sheffield, featured in the Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield
Toy store Redgates, Sheffield, featured in the Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield
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Long-gone Sheffield department stores like Redgates, Cockaynes, Pauldens and Walsh’s are being celebrated once again.


The city’s retail dominance of the Seventies is being marked by the relaunch of a hit book on Sheffield social history.
Neil Anderson’s Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield is back in print and includes scores of photos and memories from the city’s golden era of retail.
Renewed interest in the 1970s and the book has come about thanks to multi-million-pound investment on The Moor and development around the New Retail Quarter.
Neil Anderson said: “It’s reassuring to see Sheffield city centre retail turning a corner and it’s fair to say that developers could learn a thing or two from its position in the early 1970s.
“Thoughts of Meadowhall would have been laughed off the high street.
“We boasted some of the biggest and best department stores in the UK and people used to travel from all over the North of England to enjoy the experience.
“Facebook groups are awash with people reminiscing about the stores and Sheffield in the 1970s and it looks as though the book is going to prove popular once again.”
Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield is priced at £12.95 and available now from www.acmretro.com, with free postage.

Cockaynes, one of the famous shopping names of Sheffield in the 1970s

Cockaynes, one of the famous shopping names of Sheffield in the 1970s

Models outside Sexy Rexy's menswear shop in Sheffield city centre

Models outside Sexy Rexy's menswear shop in Sheffield city centre