Past Times

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Past Times
Company typePublic company

Past Times was a United Kingdom high street retailer, specialising in gifts and retro style goods. It was established as a mail order company in 1986 by John Beale, who was also the developer of the Early Learning Centre.[1] In June 1987, the company opened the first branch in Oxford.

The firm went into administration in January 2012[2] and in March 2013 the brand name was bought by WHSmith.[3] Past Times' website was taken down following the purchase.[4]


  1. ^ "WHSmith's acquisition of Past Times: What do retailers need to know?". Retail Week. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013.(subscription required)
  2. ^ "Past Times goes into administration". BBC News. 16 January 2012.
  3. ^ Cooper, Rachel (11 April 2013). "WH Smith buys Past Times brand". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Rigby, Chloe (12 April 2013). "Past Times website taken down as WH Smith buys the brand". InternetRetailing. Retrieved 4 December 2019.

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