Nottingham’s oldest surviving model shop up for sale

Gee Dee Models, the oldest surviving model shop in Nottingham, is up for sale.

Although I live “down south” I once visited Gee Dee as a child while visiting relatives. It’s was and remains the kind of store children and adults love. Shelf-after-shelf of gorgeous trains and models, staff whose passion shines through and competitive prices.

A glimpse of this can be seen on Google’s shop view with a virtual view of the store, as seen below.


The business was founded in 1946 by Mr.E.L.Grain and Mr G.Dick, with the store name coming from a combination of the two owners names: Grain and Dick.

Over the years the business expanded – with the opening of further shops – and shrunk as out town stores, decisions by the local council and computers and games consoles took their toll on visits to high streets but the business remained.

But now, with the retirement of both the owner and shop manager, the business is up for sale.

Anyone interested in buying the business is asked to contact p.grain @ Hopefully, a buyer and this wonderful shop will remain open for many more years to come.

Where is Gee Dee Models

Gee Dee model shop is in Heathcote Street, Nottingham. The full address and telephone number being:

Gee Dee Models
21 Heathcote Street

Website:   Tel: (0115) 941 2211

The shop is also on eBay with a dedicated page here.

Do you have any memories of Gee Dee shop in Nottinghamd? Share them below.

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