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Lewis’s, 40 Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, 2003 and 2010 • Grubby city centre monolith, slated to become a Lidl, featuring an imposing male nude statue (apparently known locally as Dickie Lewis) by Jacob Epstein. It was the first in a chain of handsome provincial department stores founded by David Lewis that ran from 1856 to 1991, at which point Owen Owen took over, keeping the name. All branches had closed by 2002 except this one, which lasted till 2010, although it had been gradually closing off upper floors for years (there’s a good article here.) Shown here in 2003 when it was still open, and 2010 (bottom two pics) when it was closed and had a community project in the windows. 






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  1. It’s been cleaned up now and looks pretty good. As well as Lidl, its already a gym and apart-hotel, and there’s supposed to be a cinema and restaurants but the redevelopment scheme keeps stalling.

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