End of an era as iconic Sheffield shop, Rare and Racy, closes its doors

Allen Capes at Rare and Racy in the city centre
Allen Capes at Rare and Racy in the city centre
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It was the final chapter of one of Sheffield's most well-known book stores yesterday, with Rare and Racy closing its doors.

The book and record store which Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker once said it would be a crime to destroy, will make way for new development on Devonshire Street.

The business has been an institution for almost 50 years - a treasure trove of books and records in a former betting office in Sheffield's Devonshire Quarter.

It was set up by owner Allen Capes' brother, John, who left the business 19 years ago to establish an online firm.

Customers took to social media to express their disappointment at the shop, which opened in 1969 - the same year as the iconic Woodstock Festival - closing down.

Fee Hutch said she wouldn't walk down that stretch of Division Street anymore, while Jo Gavins said lunch hour wouldn't be the same without a shop visit.

Rare and Racy, which opened its doors in 1969, closed yesterday

Rare and Racy, which opened its doors in 1969, closed yesterday

Charlie Beety said he was 'totally gutted' his favourite store was closing down.

A tweet from Ruthlouise said: RIP Rare & Racy, sad that this iconic and independent Sheffield record and art shop has to go'.

Other tweeters urged Sheffield to value its independent retailers.

Mr Capes did not want to comment on the shop's closure yesterday when approached by The Star.

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