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Poundland to take Eldon Square spot next to Waitrose

Soon-to-be Poundland in St George's Way (19 May 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soon-to-be Poundland in St George’s Way (19 May 2014)

If you’ve passed through the St George’s Way mall of Newcastle’s Eldon Square in the last few days, you’ll have noticed new hoardings around the three units that sit between Waitrose and Costa.

Though St George’s Way – opened on the old Eldon Square bus station site in February 2008 – is markedly busier these days than when I wrote … Continue Reading

New Gateshead Poundland to open on 29 March – with existing store retained for now

Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014)

One of the eight new Poundland stores scheduled to open by the end of March is the long-awaited branch at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development, which Poundland’s new … Continue Reading

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies’” success?

Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011)

As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in size to JD Sports Fashion – it’s inevitably prompted analysis of just how Poundland has become so successful, so quickly.

When I wrote a … Continue Reading

Nine months in, Gateshead’s Trinity Square hits footfall high and eyes 100% occupancy

Trinity Square, Gateshead (20 Feb 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Trinity Square, Gateshead (20 Feb 2014)

When Gateshead’s Trinity Square opened its doors in May last year, you could have been forgiven for being a little underwhelmed by the extent of the retail offer.

Sure, it was hard not to be impressed, as I was, by the scale and quality of the new Tesco; … Continue Reading

Five years after closure, Newton Aycliffe Woolworths may soon be occupied

Externally revamped ex-Woolworths in Newton Aycliffe (5 Jan 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Externally revamped ex-Woolworths in Newton Aycliffe (5 Jan 2014)

If you’ve managed to miss me hogging the airwaves this morning – on BBC Radio 5 Live (which you can listen to here), Wales, Scotland, and Coventry & Warwickshire so far – you may not be aware that today is the fifth anniversary of Woolworths finally closing its doors.

On 6 January 2009, the last … Continue Reading

Five years on from Woolies’ collapse, Boyes signs for the Coalville store

Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010)

It’s hard to believe that it’s five years ago today – on 26 November 2008 – that Woolworths collapsed into administration after trading in the UK for nearly 100 years.

At that time, few could have expected that just 40 days later – on 6 … Continue Reading

Exclusive: Lego Store set for 29 November opening at Intu Metrocentre

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013)

The new Lego Store at Gateshead’s Intu Metrocentre is to open on Friday 29 November, I understand.

The imminent opening of the store seems to have prompted much excitement among North East Lego enthusiasts – many of them somewhat older than the Danish toy brand’s core market – since the appearance of job adverts … Continue Reading

Resurgent Game reopens axed stores in Newcastle and Sunderland

Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013)

A year and a half after 21 North East stores closed following Game’s collapse into administration, two of those shops – in Grainger Street, Newcastle and High Street West,Sunderland – are reopening.

The Gamestation-branded shop in Grainger Street … Continue Reading

Adidas and Toys R Us move quickly to fill Intu Eldon Square voids

Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013)

In recent months, the St Andrew’s Way section of Newcastle’s Eldon Square has seen its first tenant departures since opening in February 2010, with the loss of Republic and Guess. Both units are … Continue Reading

B&M recruits for Gateshead Team Valley store ahead of 16 November opening

B&M Bargains site - as PC World - at Team Valley Retail World (2 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

B&M Bargains site – as PC World – at Team Valley Retail World (2 May 2013)

The thriving discount retailer B&M is recruiting staff for its new Gateshead store, which is scheduled to open at Team Valley Retail World on Saturday 16 November.

Various permanent roles, including … Continue Reading

Good news for Sunderland as fashion store Utopia takes over ex-Peacocks

Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013)

Sunderland’s ex-Peacocks unit in The Bridges is finally to be reoccupied, after more than 18 months of vacancy.

The prominent Market Square store was one of ten North East branches that closed following Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s rescue of 400 Peacocks stores in February last year. Now, after months of … Continue Reading

Old Woolies fascia exposed as Byker Wetherspoon’s readies for October opening

Exposed 1970s Woolworths fascia at new Byker Wetherspoon pub (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Exposed 1970s Woolworths fascia at new Byker Wetherspoon pub (28 Aug 2013)

The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – … Continue Reading

Shrewsbury: the town where independents are keeping the high street buzzing

Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013)

Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years – but it’s usually on my own, and rarely for very long in … Continue Reading

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance – pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013)

I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark the ‘official launch’ of Intu Metrocentre.

Metrocentre owner Capital Shopping Centres plc … Continue Reading

North East stores invade London as Metro Outlet heads to Croydon’s ex-Allders

Metro Outlet, Gateshead (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Metro Outlet, Gateshead (11 Jul 2013)

In the same month that Middlesbrough-based furniture institution Barker and Stonehouse has opened its first London store, in Battersea, it’s been revealed that another firm with a former Boro connection and a current Gateshead one – the discount department store Metro Outlet – is to open in the iconic former Allders store in Croydon, … Continue Reading

Opened on 8 July 1933, what’s become of the ex-Woolworths in Morden?

Former Woolworths, Morden (1 March 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Morden (1 March 2013)

Regular readers will know that I always enjoy an obscure Woolworths anniversary, and today represents the 80th anniversary of the now-defunct chain opening its 498th store, at Morden in south-west London.

Step out of Morden Tube station – an attractive 1920s frontage bizarrely encased in an ugly ’60s office block – as I did back in March, and you could be forgiven for thinking that the … Continue Reading

North East leads the space change as Tesco adds gyms to Extra stores

New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013)

Tesco Extra branches in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland are to see surplus space converted into gyms, as the retail giant looks to ‘repurpose’ excess square footage within some of its largest stores.

Plans to shrink some oversized Extra stores were first mentioned back in … Continue Reading

Eighty-five years on: tracking down the ex-Woolworths in Stafford and Stoke

Original former Woolworths (now River Island), Stafford (3 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Original former Woolworths (now River Island), Stafford (3 Feb 2013)

An anniversary is always as good an excuse as any to write a Woolworths-related blog post, and if you were around 85 years ago today – on 23 June 1928 – you could have enjoyed the opening of not one but two new Woolies stores in Staffordshire: store #320 in Stafford, and #324 … Continue Reading

Gateshead’s Tesco-anchored Trinity Square gets ready for its 23 May opening

West Street frontage of Trinity Square (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

West Street frontage of Trinity Square (17 May 2013)

With just four days to go before the Tesco-anchored retail portion of Trinity Square opens (on Thursday 23 May), Gateshead shoppers are getting their first glimpses of signage and shopfit works, while the site as a whole remains a hive of activity. Alongside, the confirmed tenant list continues to evolve.

Since my … Continue Reading

Sports Direct heads tenant list for Gateshead’s Trinity Square

Trinity Square's High Street frontage (21 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Trinity Square’s High Street frontage (21 Apr 2013)

One month ahead of its 23 May opening, the names of several more tenants for Gateshead’s £150m Trinity Square development have emerged.

The most recent brochure for the Tesco-led regeneration scheme, dated September 2012, features … Continue Reading