HEREFORD has lost many popular shops over the years, many of which are missed by Hereford Times readers.

We asked you which closed shops you miss the most and got a huge amount of responses.

These are just a few of the lost Hereford shops our readers remember and miss.


Chadds was an independent department store in Hereford's Commercial Street, originally founded as a small drapers' shop in 1929. It went on to offer everything from furniture to clothes, gifts and toys.

The shop's closure came just short of its 80th year in trade, with managing director Kirsty Chadd saying that the decision to close was taken because of changing trends in retail across the country.


Greenlands was a High Town department store, and later moved into Widemarsh street as a furnishings shop. Greenlands reached its peak in the 1950s, with more than 200 employees across its business.

In 1968 the shareholders of Greenlands sold the High Town shop to Marks and Spencer. Colin Greenland then set up a furnishings shop in Widemarsh Street, which eventually closed in 2003.


Rockfield was a popular DIY shop in Station Approach, Hereford.

In July 2012, Herefordshire Council and Rockfield confirmed that the local authorities had acquired the site, which is where the Link Road between Edgar Street and Commercial Road is now.


Jessons Army and Navy at the end of Eign Gate in Hereford was known to generations of people. It was originally opened by Francis Jesson, specialising in government surplus stock and camping equipment. Jessons' two sons Don and Stuart carried on with the business extending it to include leisure wear, specialised clothing and outdoor footwear.

Stuart Jesson suddenly died in 1995 at the age of 48, and seven years later Don Jesson decided the time had come to close the shop. The black and white Grade II listed building was sold in 2002.

Mead and Tompkinson

Before Left Bank became the busy venue it is today, it was home to Mead and Tomkinson, a motorcycle and car dealership belonging to a family who built and fielded motorcycles for iconic races such as the Isle of Man TT and the Le Mans Bol D'Or.

As the 1990s drew to an end, the former dealership was demolished, and Dutch entrepreneur Albert Heijn's vision for a high-end leisure complex in Hereford took shape.


In 1925, the nationwide chain Woolworths opened a shop in Eign Gate, Hereford. By 1963, the shop had undergone a huge renovation with upper floors added.

But hard times later hit the company, with the shop closing in January 2009.


Hereford's branch of the chain clothes shop Peacocks took over the old Woolworths building after Woolworths closed.

It then closed 10 years later in 2020.


The DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster was based in Brook Retail Park in Hereford. The Hereford branch employed six people.

The 90 Blockbuster shops across the UK closed in 2013 and 808 jobs were lost nationwide. 



Lakeland, a chain shop which sold kitchenware, bakeware, homeware and electricals, opened in Commercial Street, Hereford in 2011.

It closed in 2018 after attempts to renegotiate a rental deal for the shop failed.


Outfit was one of Hereford Old Market's first shops to open in 2014. It included brands including Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins.

However, it closed in 2021 and has now been replaced by Mountain Warehouse.