The brands that have been and gone

Over the years, we’ve lost some major brands from the high street and online. Sadly, some of those brands are sorely missed, even to this day. Brands naturally die off as the world moves forward but there are some we’d happily see back.

We’re going to take you through our definitive list of the brands that have been and gone. Taking you on a trip down nostalgia lane, back to the start of the Millenium. 


Vine was the early TikTok and the craze that brought many of today’s popular YouTube stars to the limelight. Sadly for Vine, many of their stars moved to YouTube and the online site gradually faded away. 

The site itself is still live but its popularity is dwindling. However, in 2016 Vine discontinued the Vine mobile app. Users can still download and watch videos online, but no longer upload videos to the database. Sadly for Vine, they simply could not compete with the growing market for short, snappy videos.

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Everyone remembers Blockbuster. The popular video rental store was a hit in the early 2000’s before the company became defunct in 2010. Sadly for Blockbuster, the rise of the DVD and movie sites contributed to their demise. 

Blockbuster was always destined for doom, particularly with sites like Netflix now dominating the market. The company still maintains its online, on demand service but sadly the famous Blockbuster stores are no more! 

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook’s downfall was the story of the summer. Leaving many stranded in foreign countries and many still waiting for refunds, their demise affected thousands. As of September 23rd 2019, the company declared bankruptcy. 

In November 2019, Fosun Travel purchased the right’s to the Thomas Cook name and brand for £11 million. Their airport slots have since been sold to EasyJet and Jet 2 for £36 million collectively. 

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Toys R Us

One of the saddest losses of 2018 was Toys R Us. The popular toy brand was seemingly popular no more. The British locations closed in April 2018 and was met with sadness across the country. Sadly for the company, they became victim to mega convenience brands like Amazon dominating the market.

The company has since opened as Tru Kids so if you want your toy fix, you know where to go!  


Mothercare is one of the late victims of 2019. Mothercare was a store for expectant mothers and mothers of children under 8. Sadly, the brand shut down its remaining 79 stores across the UK following a period of financial difficulty. This meant thousands of staff members were without a job. Administrators announced there would be a fazed closing of all their stores. 

Mothercare has found itself victim, like so many before it, to fast fashion brands, big supermarket names and major online retailers. The brand continues to run stores in countries like India, Indonesia and Russia haven’t suffered a similar fate. 


One of the largest electronics brands that have been and gone. Dixons saw store closures across the UK in 2006. They now trade as Dixon Retail plc. 

The company has since rebranded many of its stores as Currys Digital. The Dixon brand itself still remains as an online store but the high street stores are no more. 

Virgin Records/Zavvi

You may remember the bright red signs of Richard Branson’s Virgin Records rebrand to the green logo of Zavvi. The record store was one of the pinnacle’s of the high street, directly competing with HMV. Now, the stores are no more.

The rise of independent record stores and again, online giants like Amazon has seen the demise of many of the big music stores. Zavvi also relied on DVD sales, which have been generally hampered by streaming services like Netflix.

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These are some of the top brands, both online and high street stores that we’ve lost in the last 20 years. The question is, who’s next?