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Ponden Home opens in Gateshead’s ex-Bonmarche store as Trinity Square takes shape nearby

Ponden Home, Gateshead (17 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Ponden Home, Gateshead (17 Feb 2013)

Ponden Home, the soft furnishings and accessories retailer, has opened a new shop in Gateshead town centre, taking the unit in Jackson Street that had been empty since Bonmarche closed down a year ago.

Though the letting to Ponden Home had been rumoured since before Christmas, the speed of the store’s opening is impressive. … Continue Reading

Carlisle’s Hoopers bids “a fond farewell” on its final day of trading

"Goodbye Sale" at Hoopers Carlisle

“Goodbye Sale” at Hoopers Carlisle

Hoopers, the upmarket Carlisle department store whose closure was announced in May, is to finally shut at the close of trade today (Saturday 25 August).

As reported by BBC News, notices went up instore and on the … Continue Reading

Still hope for Hoopers Carlisle as talks continue

Hoopers, Carlisle (9 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Hoopers, Carlisle (9 May 2012)

Talks that could result in the rescue of Hoopers department store in Carlisle are still ongoing, I understand, three months on from the announcement of the store’s likely closure.

The store, which became part of the five-strong Hoopers chain in 2006, was initially earmarked for closure on 23 … Continue Reading

Photo update: Gateshead Peacocks prepares for reopening

Peacocks, Gateshead (20 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Peacocks, Gateshead (20 Jun 2012)

Following yesterday’s news that EWM Group is to reopen the previously closed-down Peacocks store in Gateshead, I took an early-evening trip into the town centre to see what was happening on site.

Posters in the windows confirm that the store will reopen tomorrow (Friday 22 June), staff were busying around inside, and the store … Continue Reading

Peacocks confirms imminent reopening of Gateshead town centre store

Peacocks in Gateshead (3 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Peacocks in Gateshead (3 Mar 2012)

Rescued fashion retailer Peacocks has confirmed that it is to reopen its store in Gateshead town centre, most likely this coming Friday (22 June).

Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquired 395 Peacocks stores out of administration in February, but 224 shops – including Gateshead, and nine others in the … Continue Reading

Edinburgh Woollen Mill saves Peacocks, but ten North East stores close

Peacocks in Newcastle, which has now closed (22 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Peacocks in Newcastle, which has now closed (22 Jan 2012)

Today’s announcement that Edinburgh Woollen Mill has bought fashion retailer Peacocks out of administration is very good news as far as the 6,000 saved jobs and 395 retained stores are concerned. However, 224 stores … Continue Reading

Habitat, HomeForm, TJ Hughes: why is it H-H-Hell on the high street?

Habitat, Bristol (22 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Habitat, Bristol (22 Feb 2011)

It’s hard to dispute that the last couple of weeks has been a torrid time for the UK high street, with a succession of well-known names either announcing bad news or collapsing into administration.

While HMV has a stay of execution for now, other retailers in that section of the alphabet – Habitat, … Continue Reading

Price slashing can be a recipe for disaster

Yet Another Sale

Yet Another Sale

This guest post was written by Simon Barnett. Graham has kindly allowed me to write a few words on the subject of discount retailing. I have experience in this area and regularly contribute to a website about online discount codes.

Reading Graham’s post about his visit to Barnard Castle, I was struck by his observations of the discounting approach that’s been taken by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill chain of stores. Like many retailers, it seems … Continue Reading

Shopping and lunching in Barnard Castle

Market Cross, Barnard Castle (29 August 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult

Market Cross, Barnard Castle (29 August 2009)

A visit to the delightful County Durham market town of Barnard Castle always lifts the spirits, even if the weather when I was last there in March was truly miserable.

For a town with a population of just over 5,000, Barnard Castle has a surprisingly strong retail offer – the consequence, no doubt, of it being the main settlement in Teesdale, and of the … Continue Reading