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Four North East stores to go in first wave of HMV closures

HMV, South Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

HMV, South Shields (18 Jun 2010)

As you may well have seen last week, four North East locations are among the 66 loss-making HMV stores that will close within the next couple of months, following an announcement by the firm’s … Continue Reading

Rescued for the fourth time, can Ethel Austin really have a future?

Former Ethel Austin site, Wallsend (30 Jul 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Ethel Austin site, Wallsend (30 Jul 2012)

When value clothing retailer Ethel Austin fell into administration for the fourth time in as many years three weeks ago, it’s fair to say that its chances of surviving again were not highly rated.

Indeed, the headline in … Continue Reading

The missing wow factor behind Clintons’ collapse

Clinton Cards, St Helens (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Clinton Cards, St Helens (10 May 2012)

As one of the biggest recent retail administrations – in terms of both the jobs (8,000) and stores (767) that are at risk – it’s little surprise that last week’s collapse of Clinton Cards made plenty of headlines, following the decision of a major supplier, American … 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

Fascia treatment of Poundworld’s 2-in-1 Swindon store revealed

Poundworld and Discount UK store, Swindon (2 Mar 2012). Photograph by Lee Sartin

Poundworld and Discount UK store, Swindon (2 Mar 2012). Photograph by Lee Sartin

Many thanks to Soult’s Retail View reader Lee Sartin, who has sent in a picture of the dual-fascia Poundworld and Discount UK store that opened in Swindon a week ago.

He … Continue Reading

The South Shields shop that’s been a Woolworths… and nearly every supermarket name too

Former Woolworths (now Sainsbury's), Prince Edward Road, South Shields (21 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Sainsbury's), Prince Edward Road, South Shields (21 Feb 2012)

When I recently got hold of a copy of the 1972 Woolworths store list, I was surprised to see a reference to a North East store that I hadn’t previously known about, at 335-345 Prince Edward Road in South Shields – an apparent addition to the … Continue Reading

As South Shields’ Woolies is filled, there’s good news for Byker and Wallsend too

Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), South Shields (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), South Shields (22 Sep 2011)

Store Twenty One has opened its doors in South Shields today, meaning that the whole of the former Woolworths unit at 100-108 King Street (store number #104) is now back … Continue Reading

Store Twenty One adds another North East Woolies site to its portfolio

Former Woolworths, South Shields (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, South Shields (8 Aug 2011)

The Indian-owned value fashion retailer, Store Twenty One, is to add a fourth North East ex-Woolies site to its estate, taking over the empty portion of the former Woolworths store in South Shields.

Poundland has occupied part of the ex-Woolies building in King … Continue Reading

Woolies photo updates from South Shields, Wallsend, Jarrow and North Shields

Former Woolworths, South Shields (10 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, South Shields (10 Nov 2010)

While out and about on my recent travels, I’ve revisited – often just in passing – some of the former Tyneside Woolies sites that I’ve blogged about in the past. Though the number of empty sites is now dwindling, there are still a few interesting updates to report upon.

There’s no apparent movement on the empty half of South Shields’ former Woolworths … 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

Peacocks flies into Tamworth’s Ankerside centre

Mall plan showing Peacocks (screenshot from 4 Aug 2010)

Mall plan showing Peacocks (screenshot from 4 Aug 2010)

I was interested to find out a few days ago that the fashion retailer Peacocks will soon be opening a store in my old home town of Tamworth, taking a prime spot within the town centre’s Ankerside mall.

Given that jobs in the store have been being advertised since June, and with the store … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s Wooly Minded store opening – more details about “the knitter’s paradise”

Wool display in the North Shields Wooly Minded (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Wool display in the North Shields Wooly Minded (18 Jun 2010)

My coverage of the upcoming Wooly Minded store in Newcastle’s Clayton Street seems to have prompted quite a bit of interest on Twitter, so – never one to shy away from a retail challenge – I thought I’d dig around a little further. 

Given … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s Clayton Street gets Wooly Minded

Wooly Minded - opening soon! (17 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Wooly Minded - opening soon! (17 Jun 2010)

One of the quirks of the recently opened Eldon Square South extension in Newcastle is the contrast in tenant mix between the main St Andrew’s Way mall and those units that only face out on to the surrounding streets.

While the … Continue Reading

Logging the North East’s long-closed former Woolies

Former Linthorpe Road Woolworths, Middlesbrough. Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Linthorpe Road Woolworths, Middlesbrough

Last week’s blog post about the long-closed former Woolworths in Benwell seems to have opened the floodgates to lots of comments and insights about other nearly-forgotten Woolies in the North East – many thanks indeed for all your contributions!

While Seamaster … 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