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Charles Clinkard Q&A: “Maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key”

Charles Clinkard store in Byres Road, Glasgow (7 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Charles Clinkard store in Byres Road, Glasgow (7 Dec 2012)

Think of a great northern city, and the chances are that you’ll bring to mind one of the great northern retailers that’s based there.

Bradford has Morrisons and Leeds has Asda (and was the birthplace of M&S), while the North West is awash with big retail firms, from the Manchester-based Co-operative Group to Liverpool’s cluster of well-known chains that includes B&M, TJ Morris (owner of Home Bargains), TJ … Continue Reading

North East leads the space change as Tesco adds gyms to Extra stores

New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013)

Tesco Extra branches in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland are to see surplus space converted into gyms, as the retail giant looks to ‘repurpose’ excess square footage within some of its largest stores.

Plans to shrink some oversized Extra stores were first mentioned back in … Continue Reading

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

North East stores at risk as high street furnisher Walmsley’s collapses again

Walmsley's, Newcastle (3 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Walmsley’s, Newcastle (3 Dec 2012)

Stores in Newcastle, Sunderland, Blyth and Stockton are among 24 shops that are at risk following the collapse of Walmsley’s, the high street furniture specialist, last month.

The dreaded black and yellow ‘Store Closing’ banners – now so … Continue Reading

Can Clintons’ new look help restore the chain’s fortunes?

New Clintons signage at Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

New Clintons signage at Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012)

Just two months after rescuing nearly 400 Clintons stores, the chain’s new owners have started rolling out a new look – inside and out – that they hope will lift the business’s fortunes.

Just days after the takeover, Retail Week … 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

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

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

Poundworld and Discount UK to open dual-fascia store in Swindon

Discount UK fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Discount UK fascia

Multi-price value retailer Discount UK is to open its 30th store, in Swindon, this week – under a dual fascia with its Yorkshire-based parent brand, Poundworld.

The news, flagged up by Soult’s Retail View reader Lee Sartin, links nicely to several of my earlier blog posts. I’ve previously written about Discount UK in the … Continue Reading

There’s still time to enter Stockton Borough’s Town Centre Business Awards

Stockton High Street (11 Jul 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Stockton High Street (11 Jul 2011)

Since I blogged about my judging role as part of Stockton Council’s first ever Town Centre Business Awards, launched back in July, I’m pleased to report that there have been over 200 nominations from the public for the Borough’s ‘Town Centre Business of the … Continue Reading

From blogging to judging – celebrating retail with Stockton’s Town Centre Business Awards

Stockton Town Centre Business Awards judges, including me on the left

Stockton Town Centre Business Awards judges, including me on the left

While I was on my holidays, I was pleased to see both the Northern Echo and Teesside’s Evening Gazette covering the opening of entries for … Continue Reading

B&M Bargains heads to Burton – but where next?

B&M fascia

Many thanks to Lee Dymond and Martin, who both emailed me about the news of B&M Bargains opening in the former Woolworths store in Burton, Staffordshire. As I mentioned last month, the 11,000 sq ft Coopers Square unit has remained empty since Woolworths’ closure more than two years ago, but this … Continue Reading

Why does Stockton have so many empty shops? BBC1 tonight at 7.30 might have some answers…

Graham filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street

Graham filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street

Those of you in the North East and Cumbria (or anywhere else with access to Freesat), may be interested in watching BBC1 at 7.30 pm tonight (Monday 6 December)! [UPDATE: The programme is now available to watch on iPlayer.]

The … Continue Reading

Eth-alworth Austin

Shuttered Ethel Austin store. Photograph by Graham Soult

Shuttered Ethel Austin store

As variety chain Alworths celebrates its first birthday today, the opening of stores in Newark and Maidenhead has now been confirmed for later this month – and both will be in former Ethel Austin premises. 

While a rump of 90 Ethel Austin stores were saved in April, and are gradually being converted to a … Continue Reading

Stockton’s original Woolies – and the current state of the town’s High Street

Frontage of original Woolworths store, Stockton-on-Tees (28 June 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Frontage of original Woolworths store, Stockton-on-Tees (28 June 2010)

Having missed Stockton-on-Tees’ original Woolworths when I first visited the town nearly a year ago, I’ve been keen to go back and capture a photograph of it for the ever-growing collection.

I was finally able to pay a visit a few weeks ago – the … Continue Reading

The Range fills the gap left by Stockton’s Big W

Main entrance of The Range, Stockton-on-Tees (31 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Main entrance of The Range, Stockton-on-Tees (31 Jul 2010)

Yesterday I finally paid a visit – by car – to the former Big W on Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees, having twice failed to find a way of getting there by bus from Stockton High Street. Since April this year, the premises have housed a branch of the home, leisure and garden retailer … 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

HobbyCraft shines, Borders stumbles

Borders at Retail World, Gateshead. Photograph courtesy of Land Securities

Borders at Retail World, Gateshead. Photograph courtesy of Land Securities

Mixed fortunes in the news today for two specialist retailers that both have a presence at Team Valley Retail World in Gateshead – HobbyCraft and Borders.

Privately-owned HobbyCraft, which describes itself as “the UK’s largest chain of dedicated arts and crafts superstores”, has reported a … Continue Reading

How many former Woolworths can Graham visit in one day?

How about SIX?

Former Woolworths, Redcar

Former Woolworths, Redcar (17 Sep 2009)

Stop one is High Street in Redcar, where the former Woolworths store has recently become a branch of the Yorkshire Trading Company. As always seems to be the case with old Woolies stores, it still looks and feels much like a Woolworths inside, and appears to sell a similar range of goods – homewares, gardening products, confectionery, and the like. However, when I visited there … Continue Reading

Wellington Square ‘win a shop’ competition looks to nurture new retail talent

Wellington Square in Stockton

Wellington Square in Stockton

With Britain’s high streets having to work hard to survive – let alone thrive – in the current downturn, I was pleased to read about an initiative here in the North East that aims to bring something new and a bit different to one particular shopping centre.

Though the present high number of voids in our town centres means that there are some good rental deals to be had, the middle of a … Continue Reading