The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies

Graham Soult

Retail consultant, writer, blogger; helping retailers via CannyInsights.com and CannySites.com. Say hello on Twitter at @soult!

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7 Responses

  1. Audrey Stenhouse says:

    Decor Flair was the Woolworths store

    • Graham Soult says:

      Thanks Audrey! I do know that – see the follow-ups! :) This A&S building was a Woolworths store too, however, before it relocated to the Decorflair premises.

  2. Peter (Newcastle Historian) says:

    Graham,

    I have today found a photo of the Woolworths on Shields Road, Byker.

    I thought I would NEVER find one, so am quite chuffed about it!!

    I have sent you the photo, via your ‘contact’ system, hope you got it.

    Peter (aka Newcastle Historian)

  3. Graham Soult says:

    “On the Woolworths unit, I think the problem with carving the unit up would be that you’re increasing your workload in trying to find new clients”

    You’re right in one way, Adam, and ordinarily I’ve tended to be critical of (town centre) Woolworths stores being split up. However, the Byker one is *so* large, my hunch is that dividing it up may be the only way to secure new occupants. Are there other retailers I’ve forgotten about who might go for a 95,000 sq ft retail park store? (and who aren’t already represented nearby)

  4. Adam says:

    It always surprises me how busy that retail park is, too, I think it’s quite lucky in having some very strong brands there which are real people pullers. On the Woolworths unit, I think the problem with carving the unit up would be that you’re increasing your workload in trying to find new clients.

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