Here are images of the ‘Grand Bazar’ in Tours, the main city of the Touraine. It occupied 76-78 Rue National (on the corner with Rue de la Préfecture) the city centre ‘s principal shopping area. Sadly, the premises at 76, are now offices of Groupe Minerva who design and supply high-tech military equipment.
Next time I am in Tours I’ll take a photo of the present day buildings and add them to this post. Enjoy….Above, a typical piece of ‘Victorian advertising hype’ making the department store seem as large, busy and as attractive as possible. Source: http://archives.cg37.fr/index_archive.php More ‘puff’ from the advertising department. Note how the Grand Bazar has associated itself with other major tourist attractions in the city ~ the cathedral, City Hall and Opera House.
A more realistic image ~ the photo never lies ~ the Rue National is still a great place to go shopping ~ see you there? Source for the two images above: http://commerces-immarcescibles.blogspot.com/2010/09/nouvelles-galeries-grand-bazar-tours.html