Suffolk's High Streets have been through many changes over the years as well-known retailers have closed and others have opened.

We asked our readers on Facebook to suggest some of shops they used to visit in the build-up to Christmas.

Here is a selection of the stores they said.


Ipswich Star:

Woolworths was once a favourite of the High Street before its collapse in 2008, with the retailer having stores in towns across Suffolk.

Dozens of readers said they were missing Woolies, as it was known to many customers, with one saying "you could get anything in there".

If you consider yourself a Woolworths superfan, you might want to bid on the six-metre sign from the Stowmarket store when it is sold at auction next week.


The former Co-op department store in Ipswich's Carr Street was also suggested by many readers.

The building is set to be demolished to make way for a new school for more than 400 students.


Ipswich Star:

The BHS in Ipswich's Butter Market has been vacant ever since the firm collapsed back in 2016, though it is set to be taken over by Frasers Group, the owner of Sports Direct.

BHS was suggested by several of our readers, with one saying they "used to love all their Christmas novelties".


Ipswich Star:

Grimwades on Ipswich's Cornhill was closed in 1996, but the department store building is still referred to by many in the town by its original name.

Since Grimwades closed, the building has been a greetings card shop and a bargain clothes store.


Ipswich Star:

The collapse of Debenhams at the end of 2020 saw the closure of large department stores in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The Ipswich building on the Cornhill was subsequently sold to property developer Unex Group, while Bury's former store in the Arc shopping centre is set to become a Primark next year.