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16 March opening for Newcastle’s “25% bigger” Maplin store

New Maplin, Grainger Street, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Maplin, Grainger Street, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013)

Electronics specialist Maplin has confirmed that its relocated Newcastle branch will open on Saturday 16 March.

The retailer is leaving its current site at 43 Pilgrim Street and moving to the ex-Tiso unit at 100-104 Grainger Street, where it will trade from both … Continue Reading

Mountain Warehouse CEO outlines plans for relocated Carlisle store as sales soar across the chain

Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013)

The boss of Mountain Warehouse has told Soult’s Retail View that the chain plans to open a new, bigger store in Carlisle – despite its current store in Scotch Street being in the midst of a closing-down sale.

Since I … Continue Reading

Coffee shop lined up as Hexham Millets confirms 21 September closing date?

Millets, Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Millets, Hexham (25 Aug 2012)

Hexham’s Millets store in Fore Street is to close on 21 September, after trading in the town for seven years.

Though the Hexham Courant broke the news of the store’s expected closure three weeks ago, the retailer’s owner, JD Sports, had “refused to comment on a timescale”. However, when I visited the store … Continue Reading

“Stores are still an absolute”: Retailer Q&A with Outdoor World Direct

Screenshot of Outdoor World Direct website (2 Jul 2012)

Screenshot of Outdoor World Direct website (2 Jul 2012)

If you ever needed proof that the present-day high street is about winners and losers rather than the general decline that the media would have us believe, you could certainly do worse than look at the outdoor leisure sector.

In January, Blacks’ collapse into administration – after several … Continue Reading

New Mountain Warehouse reaffirms Hexham’s status as a retail hotspot

Mountain Warehouse, Hexham (1 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Mountain Warehouse, Hexham (1 Jan 2011)

Visiting Hexham on New Year’s Day, I was interested to see that a new branch of Mountain Warehouse had sprung up since I was previously in the town, barely a month earlier.

The expanding outdoor retailer – which opened its 100th store earlier in 2010 – has taken over the Fore Street premises previously occupied by a tired … Continue Reading

Hotel Chocolat comes to Newcastle

Hotel Chocolat website (2 Nov 2010)

Hotel Chocolat website (2 Nov 2010)

Upmarket chocolate specialist Hotel Chocolat is to open a store in Newcastle city centre, it has been revealed – its most northerly standalone shop to date.

As highlighted by Flange at SkyscraperCity, Hotel Chocolat is set to open at 29 Blackett Street, close to Grey’s Monument. … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s Millets among the 89 stores to be closed

Millets in Newcastle, photographed today

Millets in Newcastle, photographed today

Yesterday I commented on the fact that the Millets store at MetroCentre was having a closing down sale; today, I noticed that the branch in Newcastle’s Grainger Street (above) is also evidently among the 89 Blacks Leisure Group stores that are being shut. However, Hexham’s store – which I visited (and photographed) on Saturday – … Continue Reading

Some observations from visiting MetroCentre today

MetroCentre logo on empty unit

MetroCentre logo on empty unit

I popped over to MetroCentre this afternoon, and spotted a few things that seemed worthy of blogging about.

Millets: Following on from my post last week about Blacks Leisure announcing plans to shut 89 loss-making branches, I noticed that the MetroCentre Millets store is already having a closing down sale. However, the nearby Blacks store looks like … Continue Reading

A busy day for retail – M&S, Blacks, and giving GIVe a look

Millets store

Millets store

Today’s retail news has arguably been dominated by Marks and Spencer revealing better than expected results, and Blacks Leisure (owner of Millets, as well as its eponymous chain) announcing plans to shut 89 stores that “have not traded profitably for many years” (in which case, you may wonder why the company has persevered with those branches as long as it has – Woolworths’ demise surely … Continue Reading

Nice Tucci you again

Reopened Tucci store in Newcastle

Reopened Tucci store in Newcastle

Wandering along Newcastle’s Grainger Street yesterday afternoon, I was quite surprised to see that the old Tucci fashion store – which closed down probably several months ago – is now trading again in its former premises.

Whatever the rationale for the change of heart (and there’s some discussion/speculation about that here), it’s clearly a positive move in that it … Continue Reading