Love it or hate it, Preston’s iconic bus station has certainly sparked debate.
It was granted Grade II listed status last week, boosting hopes that it won’t be torn down.
And it now seems that memorabilia of the Brutalist structure has been a massive hit, with mugs, magnets and post cards selling fast.
Preston’s Visitor Information Centre first introduced a range of bus-station-themed souvenirs about six months ago, and has now ordered more thanks to their popularity.
Manager Rita Whitlock said: “It’s an iconic building, love it or hate it, and everything has been flying off the shelves because of it.”
The range of post cards, fridge magnets and mugs, ranging from 35p to £7.99, looks set to become a permanent fixture if the demand stays.
Rita said: “As with any range we have, if it’s popular and it promotes Preston then we stock it.
“So if people are happy with it, we will continue to buy it.”
She added: “I’m sure there are many uses for a bus station mug, like Christmas presents, birthday presents, or the beginning of Freshers’ Week.”
Preston Council leader, Coun Peter Rankin, said the range may need extending after the building’s listed status.
He said: “Well, I’ve always said that we need to make the bus station pay and this might be a start!
“Credit to our Visitor Information Centre for spotting a gap in the market and responding to demand. It’s very entrepreneurial of them.
“Now the building is listed we might need to extend the range – although we’ve still got to make a decision about what happens with the bus station in the future.”