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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

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

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

I’ve now visited and tracked a quarter of the ex-Woolies estate – but what have they all become?

Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe (5 Jan 2012)

Headlines:

  • 214 ex-Woolworths stores visited, out of the 807 that closed following its collapse
  • Of those, only 12 currently empty (6%)
  • 7 continually empty (3%)
  • 35 with two or more post-Woolies uses (16%).

Looking at my blog, you might be forgiven for thinking that I’ve forgotten about Woolworths in recent months.

It’s certainly true that the number of Woolies-related posts has slowed down a bit – partly due … Continue Reading

New-concept Wilko opens in Crawley’s ex-TJ Hughes store

Promotion for Crawley store on Wilkinson website (15 Aug 2012)

Promotion for Crawley store on Wilkinson website (15 Aug 2012)

Wilkinson’s “newest and most exciting concept store” has opened at 14-26 The Broadway in Crawley this morning (15 August).

Designed to “offer the community a more modern and interactive shopping experience”, the new store further evolves the modern look that Wilkinson has been rolling out across its estate, such as … Continue Reading

More of your ex-Woolies pics – and one that’s still very much alive

Former Woolworths (now The Original Factory Shop), Chepstow (24 Mar 2011). Photograph by Alastair Leaver

Former Woolworths (now The Original Factory Shop), Chepstow (24 Mar 2011). Photograph by Alastair Leaver

Back in February I featured a batch of readers’ ex-Woolies pics, showcasing the former stores in Warrington (now Poundland), Batley (JBM Bargains) and Beverley (Boots). … Continue Reading

Ambitious Tyne Bridge mall plans to be unveiled

The iconic Tyne Bridge. Photograph by Graham Soult

The iconic Tyne Bridge

The retail hearts of Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be connected by a new £200m shopping mall, running the length of the iconic Tyne Bridge.

The scheme will involve building a new modern steel and glass structure underneath the existing road deck, providing a covered mall route between the Newcastle and Gateshead sides, and affording panoramic views over the existing developments at Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays.

The project is also set … Continue Reading

The Wo- of Woolies makes a brief comeback in Rhyl

Former Woolworths, Rhyl (27 Feb 2011). Photograph by Dave Roberts

Former Woolworths, Rhyl (27 Feb 2011). Photograph by Dave Roberts

While Llandudno mulls the loss of its Alworths, the former Woolworths in nearby Rhyl is trying to make an unexpected comeback.

As captured by Dave Roberts, above, part of the B&M Bargains sign has fallen off, exposing the old Woolworths signage underneath.

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B&M Bargains heads to Burton – but where next?

B&M fascia

Many thanks to Lee Dymond and Martin, who both emailed me about the news of B&M Bargains opening in the former Woolworths store in Burton, Staffordshire. As I mentioned last month, the 11,000 sq ft Coopers Square unit has remained empty since Woolworths’ closure more than two years ago, but this … Continue Reading

Familiar discount names in Staffordshire’s former Woolies stores

Former Woolworths (now Sports Direct), Stafford (30 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Sports Direct), Stafford (30 Sep 2010)

The more former Woolworths stores I blog about, the more predictable it gets that I’ll be mentioning now-familiar discount names such as B&M Bargains, Home Bargains, Poundland or … Continue Reading

Why does Stockton have so many empty shops? BBC1 tonight at 7.30 might have some answers…

Graham filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street

Graham filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street

Those of you in the North East and Cumbria (or anywhere else with access to Freesat), may be interested in watching BBC1 at 7.30 pm tonight (Monday 6 December)! [UPDATE: The programme is now available to watch on iPlayer.]

The … Continue Reading

Cumbria’s 100% hit rate of new Woolies tenants

Former Woolworths (now B&M Bargains), Penrith (19 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now B&M Bargains), Penrith (19 Jun 2010)

In between touring the East Midlands, travelling up to Berwick, and stopping off in Horley on my way out the country, I also found time this … Continue Reading

One bus ticket – 11 former Midlands Woolies

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

Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010)

Regular readers of Soult’s Retail View will know that I have something of a penchant for visiting lots of old Woolworths stores in a short time, usually – for better or worse – by bus.

Back in August, I took the opportunity to undertake another such jaunt, bringing in 11 former Woolies sites … Continue Reading

Poundland to Poundstretcher – a brace of Scottish former Woolies

High Street, Inverness with former Woolworths store (1 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

High Street, Inverness with former Woolworths store (1 May 2010)

One of the hazards of visiting so many places – and taking so many photos of shops – is that I end up with far more potential blog topics than I ever have time to write about.

Some shots that I’ve had gathering dust since the beginning of May are from when I holidayed … Continue Reading

A postcard from Caernarfon’s closed down Woolies

Former Woolworths, Caernarfon (July 2010). Photograph by Sally Daffarn

Former Woolworths, Caernarfon (July 2010). Photograph by Sally Daffarn

I’m not quite sure if it should be a cause for celebration or urgent self-reflection when my friends start emailing over photographs of old Woolworths that they have spotted on their travels… Whichever, many thanks to Sally Daffarn for capturing this shot of the former Woolies in Caernarfon, which she “saw on holiday and thought of you!”

Caernarfon is one of the North East Woolworths sites … Continue Reading

From Stanley to Spennymoor – another gallery of North East former Woolies stores

Former Woolworths, Peterlee (12 March 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Peterlee (12 March 2010)

Only counting the (33) North East Woolworths stores that closed down following the company’s 2008 administration, my quest to photograph the full set is nearing completion – with five more new ones featured in this post, only Berwick, Billingham and Stockton’s Portrack Lane are left to get.

However, the ever-expanding list of … Continue Reading

One day – ten former Woolies – one tired blogger

Well worth it? Well, perhaps...

Well worth it? Well, perhaps...

Back in September, you might recall me trumpeting the fact that I’d visited six old Woolworths in a day. Today, however, I must confess to visiting (and photographing) ten in one day – or eleven if you count the extra one that I passed on the bus but was too tired to stop at. Needless to say, you … Continue Reading

A shabby view?

Whitley Road in Whitley Bay (16 December 2009)

Whitley Road in Whitley Bay (16 December 2009)

Visiting Whitley Bay in North Tyneside today, it was apparent that while there ARE indeed a lot of empty shops – as blogged about previously here – there’s still just about enough going on to keep shoppers interested. I’ll give a fuller rundown of my visit, including my reaction to the newly opened … Continue Reading

Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 3 – North East)

Former Woolworths, Consett (10 Oct 2009)

Former Woolworths, Consett (10 Oct 2009)

After Parts 1 and 2 of my former Woolworths photo gallery, it’s time to finish up – at least for the moment – with some more shots of old Woolies sites up here in the North East.

First up is the former store in … Continue Reading

After the loss of M&S and T&G, Whitley Bay gains B&M

B&M fascia

B&M fascia

Barely a day or two after writing about Whitley Bay Woolworths still being empty, I now read that it’s going to become a B&M Bargains store – and will open on Thursday.

Relatively little-known before 2009, Blackpool-based B&M Bargains is definitely one of the biggest beneficiaries of Woolworths’ demise, picking … Continue Reading