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Fifties postcard confirms location of original Alnwick Woolworths

Detail of late 1950s Valentine's postcard of Bondgate Within, Alnwick

Detail of late 1950s Valentine’s postcard of Bondgate Within, Alnwick

Back in April I blogged about the apparent location of Alnwick’s original Woolworths, where the chain traded for the first fifteen years of its 55-year stint in the town. As I reported then, I was “yet to find any photographic evidence of … Continue Reading

Getting content with your web content: practical tips for a great retail website (Part 1)

Screenshot of Wardhaughs of Hexham website (31 Aug 2012)

Screenshot of Wardhaughs of Hexham website (31 Aug 2012)

Through both my work at CannySites.com and my blogging, I get to see an awful lot of independent retailers’ websites, including the good, the bad and the (occasionally) ugly. So, whether you’re running a high-street shop, an online store or both, what are the ingredients that you need to … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s revamped Wilkinson is better and brighter

Wilkinson, Newcastle (28 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Wilkinson, Newcastle (28 Jun 2012)

Since Wilkinson, the family-owned hardware and variety chain, quietly launched its new logo and store format over three years ago, the refreshed look seems to have been rolled out to much of the 370-strong estate. To the company’s credit, it hasn’t simply been a case of sticking a new logo over an unchanged store environment – … Continue Reading

Historic Alnwick’s original Woolworths – and a modern-day successor in Wilkinson

Original Woolworths location, Alnwick (31 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Original Woolworths location, Alnwick (31 Mar 2012)

In the same way as Houghton-le-Spring’s Woolworths was originally in a different location to where it ended up, I recently discovered that Alnwick, too, has a long-vacated ex-Woolies site. Having enjoyed my previous visit to … Continue Reading

M&Co and the ex-Woolies in Sidmouth and Sherborne

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Sherborne (5 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Sherborne (5 Sep 2011)

In previous posts, I’ve noted the difficulty I have in finding time to blog about all the former Woolworths sites that I’ve visited – not a great surprise, now that I’ve passed the 200 mark!

Though I previously mentioned its … Continue Reading

5-7 Southgate Street, Launceston – historic birthplace and former Woolworths [updated]

Former Woolworths, Launceston (21 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Launceston (21 Feb 2011)

The hazard of doing so much travelling around interesting towns is that I end up with more retail-related photographs – and topics to blog about – than I ever have time to cover. Back in February I spent a lovely (but occasionally wet) few days in the South West, managing to combine sightseeing around beautiful Cornwall and buzzing Bristol with visits to no fewer than 11 … Continue Reading

Taking a look around Alnwick

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Alnwick (23 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Alnwick (23 Jan 2010)

I’m ashamed to say that in more than a decade of living in the North East, I’d never – until yesterday – paid a proper visit to the attractive and historic Northumberland market town of Alnwick – named by Country Life magazine, in 2002, as the “best place to live … Continue Reading

Former Woolworths stores – status update

Closing down sale at Woolworths

Closing down sale at Woolworths

There have been a few more announcements of new occupants for old Woolworths stores over the last couple of weeks: