How Knight & Lee has changed through the years as plans for future are submitted

KNIGHT & Lee could be transformed into a cinema as well as a 43-bed hotel and more under new plans.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 1:22 pm
Knight & Lee through the years

The Southsea based department store which closed its doors for the final time in the summer has changed a lot in the 100 plus years since it was founded, including being bombed during WW2. Now it could be set for a dramatic redevelopment. Read more about the plans here. See how the store has changed through these pictures. 

Here is what the Knight & Lee shop in Palmerston Road looked like in 1910
An early advert used by Knight & Lee to try and encourage shoppers to visit the store

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A flyer advertising a summer sale at Knight & Lee - featuring a picture of King George V which dates it between 1910 and 1936.
A bus advert for Knight and Lee from the early 20th century
Knight & Lee after being bombed by Germany in 1941 during WW2
Here is Knight & Lee's second store on Elm Grove in 1949
A picture from inside Knight & Lee in days gone by.
The Knight & Lee store in Elm Grove during the post-war period
Here's what Knight & Lee's Elm Grove store looked like in the 1960s/ 70s
Knight & Lee in December 1996
The front of Knight & Lee in the early 21st century, when it was rumoured that the store would be moving to the site of the old Tricorn Centre.
This is what the inside of Knight & Lee looked like in 2004.
A shopper outside the Palmerston Road store in 2005
Manager of Knight & Lee in 2005 Jenny Tomley welcomes customers to the store
The Knight & Lee store in Palmerston Road as it looked like in 2010
Knight & Lee in 2019 before its closure
Knight & Lee in 2019 before its closure
CGI of how the Knight & Lee in Palmerston Road in Southsea could look after That Group develops it into a cinema, hotel, gym, shops and cafe.