Nottingham’s former Debenhams store on Long Row has been granted Grade II listed status.
The building on the corner of Long Row and Market Street was launched as a draper’s shop in 1846.
It was then a Griffin and Spalding store in 1878 before being sold to Debenhams in 1944.
The former store is made up of a range of buildings and the large corner block, developed by W Griffin and JT Spalding.
Hugh Shannon, Historic England listing adviser, said:
“It’s a place that holds cherished memories of meetings with friends or family, of buying significant items for life events,” he said.
“While some of these individual buildings are by Nottingham’s best known and respected architects such as TC Hine and Son and William Dymock Pratt, it is the 1920s classically detailed, Portland Stone clad corner block by Bromley and Watkins at 40-44 Long Row which dominates.
“This brought to Nottingham a building in the style of the large shops in London’s newly rebuilt Regent Street.
“In combination with the contemporary council house and the stone slabs which pave Old Market Square, it defines the character of the commercial centre of Nottingham.”