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Photo blog: ten shop fascias that time – and the retailers – forgot

Marks & Spencer, St Helens (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Marks & Spencer, St Helens (10 May 2012)

Whether it’s long-forgotten remnants of departed retailers, or 1980s fascias that chains have forgotten to update, there’s something satisfying about coming across bits of retail heritage in … Continue Reading

Locating the former Woolworths in Tottenham Court Road, forty years after its closure

Former Woolworths site, Tottenham Court Road (10 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths site, Tottenham Court Road (10 Feb 2012)

Regular readers may recall my London-related post from last April, when I finally confirmed the location of the long-closed former Woolworths at 8-13 High Holborn (store #173). Today, the building – which closed as Woolworths on 28 June 1986, and was … Continue Reading

Construction work well underway at Gateshead’s Trinity Square

Trinity Square, Gateshead (18 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Trinity Square, Gateshead (18 Dec 2011)

It may have taken over a year to get started following the Get Carter car park’s demolition, but building work at Gateshead’s Trinity Square is now proceeding apace.

Construction of the £150m development only … Continue Reading

As Discount UK opens in Newcastle, Poundstretcher watches

Discount UK (former Woolworths), Newcastle (4 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Discount UK (former Woolworths), Newcastle (4 Nov 2011)

Poundworld-owned variety retailer Discount UK has opened its Newcastle store today, with stilt walkers and free sweets on hand to welcome shoppers to the former Woolworths site.

I dropped by shortly after the store opened at 10am, and it seemed to have got off to a … Continue Reading

Long-lost London Woolies in High Holborn and Tottenham Court Road

Grays Inn Road entrance to former High Holborn Woolworths (5 Apr 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Grays Inn Road entrance to former High Holborn Woolworths (5 Apr 2011)

Sometimes I wish I was able to clone my blogging self, in order to have more time to write about all the topics that I’d love to cover.

For example, following on from my … Continue Reading

Good logo, bad logo – Gateshead’s revamped Wilkinson and Argos stores

Wilkinson, Gateshead (14 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Wilkinson, Gateshead (14 Feb 2011)

Given that a significant chunk of Gateshead town centre is currently flattened and awaiting redevelopment, it’s pleasing to see one of the town’s biggest retailers investing in its store.

Along with Tesco, the long-established Wilkinson store in the Interchange Centre is probably the town centre’s … Continue Reading

Remembering Shoppers World: Woolworths’ early Argos-style experiment

Shoppers World locations, 1975 (adapted from Woolworths Virtual Museum graphic)

Shoppers World locations, 1975 (adapted from Woolworths Virtual Museum graphic)

It’s always good to receive updates on former Woolies sites that I’ve previously featured here at Soult’s Retail View, so I was pleased to get an email yesterday from Martin, a regular Midlands-based contributor.

He told me that he’d visited both Burton upon Trent and … Continue Reading

West Ealing’s surprising former Woolies building

Woolworths building, West Ealing (24 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Woolworths building, West Ealing (24 Nov 2010)

While visiting London last month, I also found time to pay a visit to the interesting shopping area of West Ealing – home, as you would expect, to a former branch of Woolworths.

Part of the London Borough of Ealing, West Ealing is … Continue Reading

London’s lost Woolies flagships

Former Woolworths in Wilton Road, Victoria (29 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths in Wilton Road, Victoria (29 Sep 2010)

Visiting London last week, I took the opportunity to grab photos, in the rain, of a couple more long-closed Woolworths stores, adding to the six old Woolies shops – in Harrow, Pinner, Edgware Road, Brentford, Kingston-upon-Thames and Amersham – that I captured back in May.

One of the fascinating … 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: