We are asking the question after the news that Debenhams joins the list of businesses which will no longer have stores on the high street.
Fashion retailer Boohoo has bought the Debenhams brand and website for £55million but will not take on its 118 stores.
South Tyneside has had many firm favourites over the years and many of you will remember HMV, Burtons, BHS and more.
But how many of the shops in our photo selection did you shop in? And what was the best buy you ever got in a South Tyneside shop?
Take a look through our archive collection and then get in touch to tell us more.
1. Burton's on King Street
The closure of Burton's in King Street was confirmed in October 2018. It had been a feature in the town since the mid 1980s.
Photo: Frank Reid
Gamestation was pictured after the 2010 announcement that it was shutting down. Did you like to visit the King Street shop?
3. Mothercare in King Street
Mothercare in King Street was pictured in 2008. It closed in 2014. Was it a shop you loved?
4. A nostalgic view of Thorntons
Chocolate favourites Thorntons closed in 2014, another loss to King Street. Remember it?
Photo: Stu Norton