Ah I was too young to remember Presto's, I believe Morrison's opened the same year I was born or the year after (1994 I think). Can just remember the demolition of Preston Grange though, my family used to always shop there so they naturally just moved to the Morrison's there before they moved to the old Killingworth store (now Matalan). That store must hold the record for one of the shortest lived new build 1980/1990's stores.Pete wrote: ↑Fri 04 Feb, 2022 08.28Do you recall the replacement Preston Grange Presto that was around for about two years? That was an odd decision.
For reference the original Preston Grange shopping arcade (supposedly from which the name Presto was coined) was demolished and Argylle made the odd decision to build a replacement Presto on the edge of the site.
At the time, Morrisons were building a megastore (by 90s standards) with a new row of shops alongside (there's like a small street that juts out from the edge with a chemist, post office, vet, and a dominos).
Argyll themselves had a largeish Safeway in Whitley Bay and smaller one in North Shields either side of this.
Presto then closed shortly after Morrisons opened.
At least that's how I remember it...
Never realised the Wilkinsons in North Shields used to be a supermarket aswell but makes sense thinking about it now, guessing that shut at the same time as Preston Grange as it's always been Wilkinson's in my life time.