Bold Street in the 80s and 90s compared to its new pedestrian look.


The new look includes more tables, chairs and benches along the street to encourage people to sit outside instead of inside.

Bold Street has undergone major changes in recent weeks to contain the spread of the corona virus.

Here are the places our readers miss the most

The street is best known for its thriving independent scene, and this is not the first time it has changed.

Some ECHO readers compared the outside areas to Paris, while others suggested installing heaters and covers to keep it that way throughout the winter.

And it has been a great success so far with locals calling for the iconic street to be permanently opened to pedestrians by the city council.

More than 400 responses were received as the places that people miss most and the memories they share there were flooded.

Looking back at the stores we loved and lost over the years on Bold Street, we asked ECHO readers – if you could bring back a store, bar or restaurant, what would it be?

Here is what they had to say:

The butchers and bakers came from the green grocery stores, were a popular place with shoppers and had a second home on Church Street.

Cooper’s Food Hall, which many remember because of the distinct smell of coffee streaming through the air, settled in the 1990s in the beautiful Art Deco building that now houses LEAF.

said Liz Trent: “Definitely Coopers! I remember the smell of coffee when you entered the store, and a visit at Christmas was a must for my parents.

Sarah Whittle added: “Coopers Food Emporium!!”

The 50-point store was another firm favorite among ECHO readers, who remembered getting many bargains there.


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