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Life on the warehouse floor of Manchester's lost 'Amazon of its day' shopping giant

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A Manchester mail order business was once mong Britain's biggest names, serving as a pre-internet Amazon-style home shopping giant.

Starting out in Manchester at the start of the 20th century, Great Universal Stores – or GUS for short – went on to become Europe's biggest mail order group.

But in 2006, after 106-years, the company once synonymous with Manchester's mighty home shopping industry disappeared forever.

GUS was founded by Abraham and George Rose in 1900, beginning life as a Manchester based mail order business trading as Universal Stores.

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