This quite grainy old photo of the Co-op Emporium (now the public library) is from a 1935 Souvenir Programme issued by Blackburn Council to commemorate the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V.
The various departments of the Co-op at that time, included Grocery, Bakery, Butchery, Tailoring, Footwear, Furnishing, General Drapers, Millinery, Painting & Decorating, Undertaking, Coal, Laundry, Milk and an Excursion Bureau.
I'm not sure if the Emporium in Blackburn catered for all those, or if it was the Co-op in general they meant.
I love the old cars parked up on Northgate. Eliot Ness must have been in the store getting his shopping.
COURTESY OF THE CP COLLECTION