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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

London Stores, Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 6th October 1960.

Before the introduction of the Shopping Centre concept shopping strips were filled with Department Stores, London Stores was one of these, selling an assortment of menswear and apparel. Further along stood the future location of Coles in Lonsdale street. 

Visible on the left side is Crooks self servuce store, before the arrival of Coles and Woolworths, stores like Crooks filled the needs of those looking for convenience, having the option to select your own items, sadly Crooks failed to modernize enough, resulting in it's failure to gain new customers.

London Stores was later taken over by Roger David. With London Stores locations being re-branded for a short oeriod as London Stores - Roger David, before being re-branded again as Roger Davids stores. In the 1980s Speed Shoes occupied the building, which still remains today, having had it's wooden floor replaced with cement recently.

On the left was Pattersons, with access from Lonsdale to Thomas streets. This building has also survived with relatively little change, presently occupied by a local Butcher forgotten by most.

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