Grand Bazar ~ Tours


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….

Grand Bazar 76,78 rue National, Tours

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

Groupe Minerva's offices, 76 Rue National

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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