The building was constructed for Dr Nye, of Atherton, and Claude Roach. It originally comprised three shops and the corner shop was occupied by Fred Jones who sold men’s and boys’ wear. In the 1930s another two shops were built on the Sheridan Street side of the building. The first tenant in the Sheridan Street shop was International Harvesters and then Marsh’s. A variety of organisations rented the other shops. During the Second World War one of the shops was occupied by the US Army and used as a supply store.