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Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow

Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson's Swedish website (12 Mar 2013)

Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson’s Swedish website (12 Mar 2013)

Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with the UK expected to follow in 2014, I understand.

The move is the latest stage in the retailer’s multichannel offensive, which has already seen … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January

Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013)

Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013)

On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware chain Clas Ohlson – has unveiled its best monthly year-on-year sales increase at UK … Continue Reading

Celtic Tiger: the Danish variety retailer prepares for Glasgow store opening

New Tiger store, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (22 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Tiger store, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (22 Nov 2012)

If you follow my tweets you’ll know that I’ve spent the middle part of this week in Glasgow, taking time to explore the Ayrshire coast as well as the brilliant, fascinating, bustling city itself. While I love the sophistication of … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson pushes social media and confirms UK transactional website launch

Clas Ohlson, Doncaster (6 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson, Doncaster (6 Oct 2011)

Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has revealed that it is pushing on with plans for a UK transactional website, with an expected launch in the spring.

Back in August, just before the … Continue Reading

Inside Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson – a sneak preview ahead of tomorrow’s opening

Outdoor zone, Clas Ohlson, Newcastle (23 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Outdoor zone, Clas Ohlson, Newcastle (23 Aug 2011)

If the people of Newcastle were still unaware of Clas Ohlson this morning they shouldn’t be by the end of the day. Adding to the billboards and posters that I mentioned a fortnight ago, the Swedish “modern hardware” retailer’s latest marketing push has included leafletters … Continue Reading

Marketing push ahead of Clas Ohlson’s Newcastle opening

Clas Ohlson billboard, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson billboard, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011)

Everything seems to be gearing up nicely for the opening of Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson store, just two weeks today on Wednesday 24 August.

The Northumberland Street store’s hanging signage (below) has now been in place for a week or two, and there seems to be a big … Continue Reading

Newcastle retail in good health as design of 114,000 sq ft Primark is revealed

3DReid's proposal for the remodelled Primark/ex-BHS building

3DReid's proposal for the remodelled Primark/ex-BHS building

Interesting retail things always seem to happen on Tyneside while I’m on holiday! This time, I returned from Slovenia yesterday – hence the lack of recent blog posts – to find that the planning application for Newcastle’s new Primark flagship has been submitted while I’ve been away.

While the news of Primark’s … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson on track for 24 August opening

Clas Ohlson, Newcastle (6 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson, Newcastle (6 Jun 2011)

Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has confirmed that its new Newcastle store in Northumberland Street will open on Wednesday 24 August.

Recently erected hoardings around the 20,333 sq ft unit – formerly occupied by Collectables – … Continue Reading

Next, BHS, Primark, Clas Ohlson – photo updates of Newcastle’s new retail developments

New Next, Newcastle (10 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Next, Newcastle (10 May 2011)

I had a quick wander around Newcastle city centre today, where the new Next flagship store is gearing up for its opening at 11am this Thursday (12 May).

Barriers around the outside of the building mean that it’s still quite difficult to get a look inside. However, all the new glazing and … Continue Reading

Recording Northumberland Street’s retail (r)evolution

Northumberland Street, Newcastle (14 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Northumberland Street, Newcastle (14 Mar 2011)

I took advantage of today’s gorgeous weather, and the fact that I was in town anyway, to capture some shots of Newcastle’s Northumberland Street before the quite significant changes to its retail tenants get underway next month.

I’m always conscious of taking relatively few … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson to take over Collectables unit in Newcastle’s Northumberland Street

Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011)

I’m not sure if my persistent badgering has had any effect, but it’s finally happening – Clas Ohlson is coming to Newcastle!

The news was announced in a press release this … Continue Reading

As Clas Ohlson pledges “long-term commitment” to UK, I check out the Leeds store

Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011)

Things have been pretty quiet on the Clas Ohlson front since the Swedish hardware retailer announced the latest stage of its UK expansion, back in August. Those new stores in Cardiff, Doncaster and Norwich have subsequently opened, just before Christmas, but there’s no news yet on where the next additions to Clas … Continue Reading

“Major value fashion anchor” for MetroCentre Woolies site

Primark fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Primark fascia

MetroCentre’s empty Woolworths site is poised to get a new occupant, according to the mall’s majority owners, and is set to be trading by the middle of next year.

Capital Shopping Centres’ interim management statement for the period 1 July to 3 November 2010, released last week, reveals that “a major value fashion anchor is close to exchange in the former Woolworths store at MetroCentre, Gateshead, with a target opening … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson heads to CSC-owned centres in Cardiff and Norwich

Clas Ohlson fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson fascia

I’m not sure whether Clas Ohlson’s people are reading this blog, or whether – more likely – the obvious locations for new UK stores are fairly easy to identify.

Either way, I was interested to spot that the Swedish retailer has this week signed contracts for new stores in shopping centres in Cardiff and Norwich – following on from … Continue Reading

Unpacking Clas Ohlson’s 203% UK sales increase

Existing Kingston store. Photograph by Graham Soult

Existing Kingston store

The much-blogged-about Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson published its sales figures for June yesterday.

What’s interesting is that sales for the UK are now being stripped out from those of Finland, giving us a much clearer idea of how the UK business is doing. Total sales were SEK 442m, of which the seven UK stores accounted for SEK 15m. A year ago, the UK business delivered sales … Continue Reading

Currys and B&Q think compact as the retail park heads to the high street

Upcoming PC World and Currys store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle (17 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Upcoming PC World and Currys store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle (17 Jun 2010)

I was curious to read Retail Week’s recent article about the electricals retailer DSGi trialling a small-size dual fascia Currys and PC World store at Bluewater, following its successful introduction of two-in-one megastores … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson continues UK expansion with Merry Hill store

Clas Ohlson fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Clas Ohlson fascia

Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson has announced today that it will be opening its eighth UK store at Westfield’s Merry Hill shopping centre, at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, by the end of 2010.

At 1,200 sqm (12,917 sq ft), the shop will be … Continue Reading

Six former Woolies in and around London

Former Woolworths (now Alworths) in Amersham (14 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Alworths) in Amersham (14 May 2010)

While staying in London a couple of weekends ago, Alworths in Amersham (above) wasn’t the only former Woolworths I managed to visit…

Having arrived at King’s Cross, first stop was the St George’s Centre in Harrow, where the large, two-storey former … Continue Reading

Clas Ohlson heads northwards… though not quite far enough north yet

Clas Ohlson's existing Croydon store

Clas Ohlson's existing Croydon store

Happy New Year to you! You may recall that back in August last year (referring to 2009 as ‘last year’ is bound to take some getting used to) I blogged about the latest Scandinavian arrival to these shores, the self-styled “really useful shop” Clas Ohlson.

Back then, the retailer had already opened stores in Croydon (1,900 sqm / 20,451 sq … Continue Reading

Who or what is Clas Ohlson?

Clas Ohlson sign

With so many old Woolworths sites being taken over by familiar high street names and pound shops, it’s nice when the new arrival is something a little more interesting. So I was pleased to read that the Swedish “modern hardware brand” Clas Ohlson is going to be opening up in the former Woolies in Kingston upon Thames, and is also … Continue Reading