Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Nope, pretty sure there was a spate of fires in that area in the late 1950’s, the Roches building was one that burnt down, was rebuilt in the 1960’s. I don’t think it’s worth keeping either way, it’s an alright building but the area could be improved by a better one.
From what I could gather, Roches Stores purchased the building previously owned by McBirneys in the early 1940s. This building was gutted by a fire in 1948 and it along with the adjacent building on Sarsfield were demolished. The current building was opened in 1951. Its considered a good example of an art deco style department store but is not a listed building.
Attached is a photo of the old Roches Stores building(McBirneys) and Cannocks from the early 1900s.