1985 Clydeview Shopping Centre

1985 Asda

Going back to 1985 in this photo, which I hope you’ve not seen previously. Pictured thirty four years ago, it is of course the Clydeview Shopping Centre. How infinitely better it looked with trees , shrubs and flowers in the planters, rather than the disgrace of those being empty for over 2 decades!

And busy too! People out shopping, perhaps chatting about what new shops were opening or what was missing from the ‘old days’.

Such potential in this photo. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if things had progressed differently. What if ASDA had permitted local small businesses to open on realistic rents, perhaps with cafe or outside sitting areas in summer? Twinkly lights through the trees, free wifi, with units for soft play, youth centres or cafes.

The left hand side is now all gone. Perhaps you know some of the faces in this photo? Can you remember the left hand side shops of this mid 80s era?

Photo Courtesy: G Hay.

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Margaret Flannigan Burt I agree asda has ruined Blantyre we need what you said instead of big open spaces , somewhere for the people to meet , something for children to play ,all that space for a car park ,
Marc Biagioni That’s the way i remember it. I’m too young tho, i remember when Asda opened my mum and dad being very excited. It did kill the high street, but you could say that about almost every small village in Scotland that have welcomed a Supermarket
Linda Marshall Malcolm Campbell. I remember loving to go in here . It smelt amazing with all the fresh fruit and vegetables
Gary Scott I remember a 99p shop, a pet shop and the royal bank.
Kirsty Laing Capital freezer shop and rapture along towards the bank and old post office
Kirsty Laing Supersweet sat on the corner where the hairdressers was before it was taken down too
Mark Rocks Can remember capital lightbodys bakery( best chips in Blantyre back then) glen travel and the sweet shop on the corner across from asda
Stephanie Hilston The women on the rights annemaries double Pamela Pam Ela McCormack
Kenny Davies Lightbody’s best roll n chips ever
Davie Robson Motorist discount centre on the left there.
Linda Halpin Loved Rapture had tanning beds too x
Lainey McGuckin There was a butchers there too I’m sure, Munros the butchers but could be wrong.
Linda Halpin Mum was up and down there about 4 times a day lol x
Lainey McGuckin There was a butchers there too I’m sure, Munros the butchers but could be wrong.
Tracey Muir How I remember it
Greig Reilly A wasted shopping/marketing opportunity.
Iain Daly Year before Blantyre became a much better place. I was born.
Jean Anderson It’s looking horrible now!
Marc Tonner Christine Reid is that old Agnes Bingham on the left Mrs Bingham Chris Gilmour what can you remember butchers lightbodys the sweet shop super sweet and the video shop
Jean Boyd Malcolm Campbell fruit shop, loved rapture too.
Johnny Hasson Love everybody’s comments on this. Brought back some memories for me.. Lightbodys chips and got my ear pierced in rapture! Lol


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