Yes indeed. I regrettably got a bit carried away there.and again and again, the "joke" has lost it's appeal and tbh is now just annoying which is probably what the little troll wants, this is what happpens if forums are left without a resonable and fair level of moderation
Getting back on topic to the Co-op Department Store I've thought that though that's gone the Co-op still has a large presence in Stafford.
In the 1970s I remember them having four grocery stores - Stone Road, Littleworth, Weeping Cross, Rising Brook - but that's more than doubled now with First Avenue, Holmcroft Road, Beacon Business Park, Baswich Lane, Silkmore Lane and maybe more I don't know of as I'm not really one for spending my time going shopping.
And that reminds me how shopping trends have changed in recent years, the building of edge of town 'hyperstores' giving way to smaller localer stores, some new builds and others conversions of other buildings. the only example of which I can think of being the George and Fox in Penkridge by Sainsbury's ( and I only know of that with Mrs Mudgie stopping off there for a few things on our way home from eating out in the Swan at Whiston ).
Getting back on topic to the Co-Op they even seem to be expanding their Undertaking business in Stafford with I think premises in Salter Street as well as Silkmore Lane and Stone Road.