Spooners was a department store established in 1857 by Joseph James Spooner at Bedford Street in the centre of Plymouth.
The company advertised as home furnishers, drapers, milliners and cabinet makers. Spooners had its own orchestra which played in the store’s restaurant. The shop featured its own fashion department which took up a whole floor and even had its own theatre to perform fashion parades.
In 1902 Spooners was almost completely destroyed by a fire when a shop assistant accidentally set fire to a window display commemorating the coronation of King Edward VII.
During the Second World War, Spooners was totally destroyed by German bombing in 1941.
After the war the store moved to temporary premises nearby. A new store was officially opened at Royal Parade on 10th May 1956 although it had been trading since October 1954.
Spooners was taken over by Debenhams in the 1980s.