The Corner Shop is the local grocery shop which is at the bottom end of Coronation Street near the viaduct. It has featured in the serial since the first episode in 1960. The current owner is Dev Alahan. From Elsie Lappin to Dev Alahan, the Corner Shop has had many owners over the years.
Pre 1960[edit | edit source]
1960-1965[edit | edit source]
In December 1960 Elsie Lappin sold the Corner Shop to Florrie Lindley. Elsie retired to Knott End near Blackpool. Florrie said she was a widow and soon settled into life running the shop. In 1964, she suffered a breakdown and when there was a bomb scare in September 1964, Stan Ogden rescued a depressed Florrie. In 1965, Florrie decided to emigrate to Canada, selling the shop to Lionel Petty. Florrie left Weatherfield in early June.
1965-1966[edit | edit source]
Lionel was an ex army major and was tough as nails. He used to scare the customers. Luckily his tenure was short lived when he sold the shop to David Barlow and Irma Barlow who took over the shop in January 1966.
1966-1968[edit | edit source]
1968-1974[edit | edit source]
1974-1975[edit | edit source]
1976-1994[edit | edit source]
Gordon Clegg oversaw the sale of the shop to Renee Bradshaw. Renee soon married local post office worker and former Mayor Alf Roberts in 1978. They ran the shop together until her tragic death in July 1980.
Alf took over the shop after Renee's death. In 1985, Alf wanted to expand the shop and give it a much needed revamp. He offered to buy Number 13 Coronation Street from neighbour Hilda Ogden so he could turn the shop into a mini supermarket. Hilda refused. Alf had the shop totally modernised and moved the counter to the front of the shop and used the old counter area as more shelving.
Alf ran the shop for many years, and often clashed with wife Audrey. In January 1990, new teenage neighbours Steve McDonald and Andy McDonald accidentally drove a digger into the shop. In 1993, Alf decided to retire and sold to Brendan Scott. Brendan's tenure was short lived when he died of a heart attack in August 1993 due to overwork and stress. Brendan's wife Debi Scott sold the shop at auction and Alf bought it again. Alf was offered a Mayoral position so decided to sell to Reg Holdsworth. Alf had his last ever day running the shop in February 1994.