Echo photographers were there to capture the scenes on the last day of these institutions, from Hylton Road Primary School to Joplings.
And here is the proof. We have 9 archive photos which show the end of an era.
There is everything from shoppers grabbing one last bargain to children enjoying a final runaround in the school playground.
Did you work in one of the pits or shops we have featured? Take a look through our selection and then get in touch to tell us more.
1. Hunting for the last bargain
A sad day in January 1993 as shoppers get one last chance to look for a bargain. Were you pictured on Binns' last day?
Photo: Sunderland Echo
2. End of the road at Crowtree
The last day of Sunderland Indoor Bowls at Crowtree Leisure Centre in 2013. Was it a place that you loved to visit?
3. The last shift
The last shift at Wearmouth Colliery in 1993. Did you work there?
4. End of an era at Joplings
Joplings closed in 2010 and here is the scene as the shutters came down on trading for the final time.