The Rawdon Industrial Co-operative Society began in 1886, initially there were premises in North Street until a triangular plot of land at the junction of New Road Side (A65) and Harrogate Road was purchased and a store built at a cost of £400. This later became the Midland Bank.
The site for the store in this view is diagonally opposite the previous shop at the junction with New Road Side and Micklefield Lane which is on the right.
Sir Arthur Godwin sold the land to the Society, the architects were Morley and Son of Bradford.
The store opened in 1908 amid great excitement, parapets on the roof are engraved RICS, the shop is named Central Stores.
A parade of decorated carts add to the occasion, witnessed by a crowd of onlookers. Notices in the window proclaim "Join the Stores and become your own Shopkeeper"
The reverse of the image has the message:
"Dear Bas, I couldn't get to ask you how much I didn't want any of the others to know. I will settle when you come again." It is addressed to Mr Jordan
40 Copthorne Street
D - - - Hill
In the 1970s the whole block was sold and is now separately owned shops and offices, the building is known as Realtex House.