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Exclusive: Lego Store set for 29 November opening at Intu Metrocentre

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soult minifigure at the Trinity Leeds Lego Store (15 Aug 2013)

The new Lego Store at Gateshead’s Intu Metrocentre is to open on Friday 29 November, I understand.

The imminent opening of the store seems to have prompted much excitement among North East Lego enthusiasts – many of them somewhat older than the Danish toy brand’s core market – since the appearance of job adverts … Continue Reading

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Metrocentre Red Mall entrance – pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013)

I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark the ‘official launch’ of Intu Metrocentre.

Metrocentre owner Capital Shopping Centres plc … Continue Reading

Hilco has rescued HMV, but now the hard work really starts

1951 advert for HMV, featuring the iconic Nipper image. Photograph by Graham Soult

1951 advert for HMV, featuring the iconic Nipper image

It’s been nearly three months coming, but now the news that everyone wanted to hear has been confirmed: the iconic entertainment retailer HMV, which collapsed in January, has been … Continue Reading

Victoria’s Secret heading to Newcastle’s Monument Mall – if Hammerson’s posters are to be believed

Poster showing Victoria's Secret at Monument Mall, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Poster showing Victoria’s Secret at Monument Mall, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013)

Newcastle is set to host one of the UK’s first branches of US lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret – if new posters around Hammerson’s Monument Mall development are to be believed.

Following the opening of the scheme’s new TK Maxx store last Thursday (28 February), posters featuring updated artist’s impressions of … Continue Reading

Cardiff city centre’s lost Woolworths

Former Woolworths (now BHS), Queen Street, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now BHS), Queen Street, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012)

Paying my first visit to Cardiff in twenty years last week, I couldn’t resist tracking down the city centre’s former Woolworths locations – despite the torrential rain making conditions for photography somewhat challenging.

Cardiff still had several Woolworths branches outside the centre at the time of Woolworths’ collapse, in Cowbridge Road East (store … Continue Reading

L’Occitane en Provence heads to Newcastle’s Eldon Square

L'Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

L’Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011)

L’Occitane en Provence, the upmarket beauty products retailer, is to open a standalone shop in Newcastle’s Eldon Square next month.

Details of the September store opening – which were … Continue Reading

Breaking news: TJ Hughes to return to Middlesbrough as Metro Outlet makes way

Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011)

TJ Hughes is to reopen its store in Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Square, it has been confirmed.

The move comes almost exactly a year after the store … Continue Reading

Eldon Square among saved stores as American Greetings snaps up 397 Clintons sites

Clintons fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Clintons fascia

Yesterday’s news that Lakeshore Lending Limited, a subsidiary of card manufacturer and supplier American Greetings, has bought the brands and assets of Clinton Cards – including 397 of its stores and 4,500 employees – comes as little surprise.

Having secured control of £35m ($56m) of Clintons’ secured debt a month ago – the move that … Continue Reading

The closure of Hoopers department store in Carlisle, and what might replace it

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

Hoopers, Carlisle (9 May 2012)

The recent news that Hoopers in Carlisle is to close is clearly a disappointing development for the city, but it’s also very sad for anyone – like me – who values the role that independent department stores play on our high streets.

Across the country, the big three department store chains … Continue Reading

Twenty-one North East stores close immediately as Game collapses

Game in Sunderland's High Street West - now closed (13 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Game in Sunderland's High Street West - now closed (13 Mar 2012)

Twenty-one Game and Gamestation shops in the North East are among the 277 stores that have closed immediately following Game Group’s collapse into administration this morning.

While the administrator, PwC, … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s extended Primark takes shape

Primark site, Newcastle (5 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Primark site, Newcastle (5 Mar 2012)

Whatever you might think about the rise of the fashion retailer Primark, there’s no disputing that it’s one of the big retail success stories right now. Just here in the North East, Primark opened its new 58,700 sq ft Metrocentre store (which I’m still yet to check … 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

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 3)

Former Woolworths (now Boots), Linthorpe Village (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Boots), Linthorpe Village (16 Nov 2010)

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I’ve talked about the two incarnations of Middlesbrough’s flagship Woolworths (store #8) – firstly at 91-93 Linthorpe Road, and latterly at … Continue Reading

Putting Asda’s Price Guarantee to the test – in an ex-Netto Asda Supermarket

Point-of-sale promotion of the Asda Price Guarantee. Photograph by Graham Soult

Point-of-sale promotion of the Asda Price Guarantee

Judging from the number of hits – currently 900+, and rising – many of you enjoyed my recent illustrated post about Asda’s Old Fold Road store in Gateshead, following its impressive transformation from a Netto.

While the increase in product lines and instore services … Continue Reading

Work on new Metrocentre Primark well underway

Rear of former Woolworths, MetroCentre (25 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Rear of former Woolworths, MetroCentre (25 Mar 2011)

I was at Metrocentre yesterday, and noted that work seems to be progressing well on Primark’s redevelopment of the former Woolworths unit.

Though Primark’s relocation from its existing ex-Littlewoods unit had been rumoured for the best part of a year, the news … Continue Reading

End of an era as Newcastle’s BHS holds closing down sale

Closing down sale at BHS Newcastle (14 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Closing down sale at BHS Newcastle (14 Jan 2011)

Newcastle’s iconic Northumberland Street is set to see its most dramatic retail shake-up since the departure of C&A and Littlewoods more than a decade ago.

The BHS store is currently holding a closing down sale, and will shut its doors for good in three weeks’ time. The retailer has traded from its present … 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

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail

New Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010)

Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene while I’ve been away. 

As well as Asda’s plans for the old Byker Woolies getting the … Continue Reading

Authentic Fossil, inauthentic Newcastle

Screenshot of Fossil UK website (27 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Screenshot of Fossil UK website (27 Aug 2010)

I was interested to read in Retail Week last week about the accessories and fashion chain Fossil planning to expand its UK store portfolio, but slightly perplexed to note that it “already operates shops in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle [emphasis added], Bristol, Glasgow.”

For someone who … 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