In pictures: Chesterfield's Co-op department store through the years

As Chesterfield's new Premier Inn opens on Elder Way, we take a look back at the building's former life as the town's Co-operative Department Store

Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 5:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 5:14 pm
Chesterfield's Co-operative Department Store
Chesterfield's Co-operative Department Store

From high fashion to its ever-popular toy department, Chesterfield's Department store was a high street fixture for decades. Here we look back at the Co-op through the years as the building starts a new life as a Premier Inn. For a sneak peek inside the new hotel click here

Brides flocked to the Co-op's bridal department. Here, lucky bridal competition winner Rachel Annett is pictured with the Co-op's Claire Spight and Russell Mallender
Kids always enjoyed a trip to the Co-op's toy department - especially in the lead up to Christmas!

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The famous bridge linking the Co-op department store on the left and the food store on the other side of Elder Way is a much-missed Chesterfield landmark
The imposing Chesterfield Co-op Department Store in its heyday
The Co-op department store had impressive section devoted to footwear
Elder Way looking south to Knifesmithgate with first phase of the Co-op Store
Tracy Spence, Catering Supervisor and her team from the Society Caf located in Midlands Co-op Department Store on Elder Way, were shortlisted for a Customer Service Team of the Year award for 2005/6.
The Co-op was THE place to go for a fashionable outfit back in the day
Elder Way from Knifesmithgate with the proposed Co-op site on the corner in 1936
The Co-op had a huge range of items and clothing in its Elder Way store
The Chesterfield Co-op Department store shortly before it closed
Big name brands like Persil and Daz may not have changed - but fashion certainly has!
Elder Way in the 1920's or early 1930's. The houses on the left were demolished and the first phase of the Co-operative stores built on the west side. The war halted the project but the Co-op resumed development in the 1960's