Past Times

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Past Times
Public company
Industry Retail
Successor WHSmith
Founded 1987
Defunct 2012

Past Times was a United Kingdom high street retailer, specialising in gifts, as well as retro goods. In 1986, it was established as a mail order company, 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]


  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. 

External links[edit]

Page from Past Times website, archived at the Wayback Machine