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Specialist retailers now provide every kitchen item, gadget or commodity that our bespoke lives demand

31st July, 2016
The search continues, and my misty-eyed nostalgia for the era of roches stores intensifies Picture: Getty

So take yourself back (if you can) about 20 years. You needed some kind of random household item. Maybe twine. Or brown paper. A roll of Sellotape. Or maybe a one-off kitchen thing like a butter dish. Or a bread bin.

Was this a significant problem? Not in the least. Off you went to your local department store (for us it was Roches Stores), located the relevant department, found your item and there you were. Not...

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