But who remembers the day that BHS opened or Pep & Co had its first day?
Were you there when New Look, Bon Marche or TJ Hughes was opened. How about B&M?
Lots of people turned out to watch and perhaps we have got you in the retro picture at one of these store openings.
1. Happy times at H&M
The opening of the H&M store in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in 2016. Are you in the picture?
Photo: Stu Norton
2. A big day at New Look
The New Look store in Hartlepool opened in 2007. Did you get along?
3. Perfect at Pep & Co
Back to 2015 and cutting the ribbon to open the new Pep & Co shop in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre were Chloe Vickers with her son McKenzie (16 months) (front centre) with store manager Nicola Barnes on her right. Were you also in the picture?
Photo: Kevin Brady
4. BHS opens in 2012
The big opening of BHS in 2012. Pictured (left to right) are shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft, Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and BHS manager Ian Davies.
Photo: FRANK REID