Go inside the Co-op's flagship Leeds Albion Street store during the 1980s

It was the doyen of Leeds stores which aimed to present a brave new shopping face to shoppers across the city and beyond.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 8:47 am
Enjoy these memories of the Co-op's flagship Albion Street store. PICS: YPN
Enjoy these memories of the Co-op's flagship Albion Street store. PICS: YPN

The Co-op's Albion Street store in the city centre will be fondly remembered by a generation of shoppers. It boasted three floors of retail delights and enjoyed a £300,000 refurbishment during the 1980s. These photos, plucked from the YEP archive, showcase the wide range of top quality merchandise on offer to bargain-hunters back in the day and all under one roof. READ MORE: 18 memories of Leeds department store Lewis's | 12 memories of Schofields Leeds LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

The climax to a dramatic 'East Side Story' was the Albion Street store - picured in June 1973 - which was ready to face the challenge of the 1970s and the 1980s.
Co-op stores throughout the country always carried a large selection of foodstuffs - and the Alnion Street store - pictured in June 1973 - was no exception.

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Do you remember the Co-op's Camera Centre, pictured here in September 1981?
The delicatessen section of the Gourmet Pantry area, pictured in April 1983.
The Cook Shop - which specialised in glassware, china, cutlery and cooking equipment.
This is store's the Gourmet Pantry area, pictured in April 1983.
Prams... and a section of the children's wear department in September 1984.
This is Blades, part of the spacious ladies hairdressing salon. Did you have your hair cut here back in the day?
Did you enjoy a bite to eat here back in the day? September 1984 and the Albion Street store unveiled a new dining area designed to look like a park.
There were toys aplenty in the newly-expanded Toy Department on the refurished third floor in November 1984. Pictured is manageress and buyer Betty Watson.
Leisure styles in the menswear department in November 1985.
December 1984 and this is The Cookshop Department.
A well stocked cosmetics counter in November 1985.
Inside the Ladies Wear department in December 1984.
It was double your money time in December 1984. As a Christmas treat the store doubled the value of its dividend stamp books.
Do you remember Kitchen Corner, pictured here in November 1985?
The ladies knitwear department in July 1987.
Do the fashions look familiar to you? Another photo from inside the ladies knitwear department in July 1987.
The third floor boated one of the best collections in Leeds of china and glass, cutlery, plastics, cookshop gadgets, cookery hardware and microwave accessories.
The Trouser Bar in the Menswear Department pictured in March 1989.
Share your memories of shopping and working at the Co-op's Albion Street store with Andrew Hutchinson via email at: [email protected] or tweet him - @AndyHutchYPN