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Poundland to take Eldon Square spot next to Waitrose

Soon-to-be Poundland in St George's Way (19 May 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soon-to-be Poundland in St George’s Way (19 May 2014)

If you’ve passed through the St George’s Way mall of Newcastle’s Eldon Square in the last few days, you’ll have noticed new hoardings around the three units that sit between Waitrose and Costa.

Though St George’s Way – opened on the old Eldon Square bus station site in February 2008 – is markedly busier these days than when I wrote … Continue Reading

Newcastle’s Co-op food hall to ‘cease trading’ on 31 December

Closing-down poster at Newgate Street Co-op, Newcastle (2 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Closing-down poster at Newgate Street Co-op, Newcastle (2 Dec 2011)

Newcastle city centre’s Co-op supermarket is to close down this month, bringing to an end nearly a century-and-a-half of Co-operative presence in Newgate Street. Posters in the windows and instore – which I spotted while passing by yesterday – reveal that the store will ‘cease trading as a Co-operative’ at 6pm on New Year’s Eve (31 … Continue Reading

Has Britain fallen out of love with Tesco?

Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006). Photograph by Graham Soult

Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006)

Today’s release of fairly weak UK trading figures from Tesco – where like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, fell by 0.5% in the first half of the year – has unsurprisingly prompted much media discussion, both about Tesco specifically and the state of the … Continue Reading

As Wellworths becomes Wellchester, Claire Robertson talks tweaking and expansion

Wellchester's Claire Robertson (8 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Wellchester’s Claire Robertson (8 Sep 2011)

For someone who makes a habit of visiting old Woolworths – and I’ve racked up about 140 so far – there can be few ex-Woolies sites more celebrated than the one in Dorchester (store #403).

The story is well known: former Woolworths … 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

November opening for Jesmond Waitrose… in Grimsby

Waitrose Jesmond... in Grimsby (23 Aug 2011)

Waitrose Jesmond... in Grimsby (23 Aug 2011)

Map blooper stories are always good value, whether it’s because they’ve erased Wales or located Shrewsbury in the middle of a river. Now, potential John Lewis Partners in Lincolnshire may be disappointed to find that Waitrose is not, in fact, about to … Continue Reading

From Netto to Asda – checking out the Gateshead store’s transformation

Interior of Asda Supermarket, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Interior of Asda Supermarket, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011)

While some communities on Tyneside – among them North Shields and Wallsend – still have to wait a little longer for their Netto … 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

Upmarket Pinner trades ex-Woolies pound shop for WHSmith – but not everyone’s happy

Former Woolworths (now WHSmith), Pinner, 1 May 2011. Photograph by Bryan Roberts

Former Woolworths (now WHSmith), Pinner, 1 May 2011. Photograph by Bryan Roberts

Many thanks to Bryan Roberts from Kantar Retail iQ, who let me know via Twitter that the old Woolworths in Pinner, north west London, has recently reopened … Continue Reading

West Ealing’s surprising former Woolies building

Woolworths building, West Ealing (24 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Woolworths building, West Ealing (24 Nov 2010)

While visiting London last month, I also found time to pay a visit to the interesting shopping area of West Ealing – home, as you would expect, to a former branch of Woolworths.

Part of the London Borough of Ealing, West Ealing is … Continue Reading

Horley’s old Woolies – long closed, but hard to miss

Former Woolworths, Horley (4 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Horley (4 Sep 2010)

During the summer, I’ve built up a veritable stack of photos of old Woolworths stores, from all kinds of places across the UK – not that you’d necessarily realise from my recent blogging output. That’s the trouble of fine weather – it’s just so tempting to head off and photograph interesting things, rather than staying inside and writing about them.

However, … Continue Reading

Unpacking Clas Ohlson’s 203% UK sales increase

Existing Kingston store. Photograph by Graham Soult

Existing Kingston store

The much-blogged-about Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson published its sales figures for June yesterday.

What’s interesting is that sales for the UK are now being stripped out from those of Finland, giving us a much clearer idea of how the UK business is doing. Total sales were SEK 442m, of which the seven UK stores accounted for SEK 15m. A year ago, the UK business delivered sales … Continue Reading

Six former Woolies in and around London

Former Woolworths (now Alworths) in Amersham (14 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths (now Alworths) in Amersham (14 May 2010)

While staying in London a couple of weekends ago, Alworths in Amersham (above) wasn’t the only former Woolworths I managed to visit…

Having arrived at King’s Cross, first stop was the St George’s Centre in Harrow, where the large, two-storey former … Continue Reading

Waitrose Hopwood Park now open!

Waitrose Hopwood Park (14 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

Waitrose Hopwood Park (14 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

Weekly updates on the status of Waitrose at Hopwood Park Services on the M42 have become something of a habit lately, thanks to the regular MMSs received from Mark Leaver.

Mark’s latest pic shows the store now trading, following its opening on Friday. Don’t read too much into it being … Continue Reading

Well, that hasn’t taken Waitrose very long at all!

Waitrose at Welcome Break's Hopwood Park Services (7 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

Waitrose at Welcome Break's Hopwood Park Services (7 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

I’ve just received the photo above from Mark Leaver, taken on his phone last night at Welcome Break’s Hopwood Park Services on the M42. It shows the new Waitrose store looking more or less ready to be stocked, ahead of its … Continue Reading

Building work underway at Hopwood Park Waitrose

Upcoming Waitrose at Welcome Break's Hopwood Park Services (24 Jan 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

Upcoming Waitrose at Welcome Break's Hopwood Park Services (24 Jan 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver

Many thanks to Mark Leaver for sending me an MMS with this photo of work underway on the new Waitrose store at Hopwood Park Services on the M42. Supposedly due to open in February (though there looks a fair bit … Continue Reading

Celebrate while you Wait

Waitrose products. Photograph by Graham Soult

Waitrose products

A few days ago, in talking about the closure of the adjacent Oil & Vinegar store, I referred to the Eldon Square Waitrose shop as “often busy, though rarely thronged”. Scrub that – visiting during the afternoon on Saturday just gone, the store was very, very thronged indeed.

My hunch is that the snowy, icy weather may … Continue Reading

Goodbye to Oil & Vinegar in Newcastle’s Eldon Square

The empty Oil & Vinegar store this evening (6 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

The empty Oil & Vinegar store this evening (6 Jan 2010)

After work, I trudged through the snow to the delightful Eldon Square Waitrose this evening, though not before giving the store a call to check that it was opening its normal hours. It was, though quite a few shops en route had signs in their windows … Continue Reading

M&S’s gain is Morrisons’ loss

M&S store

M&S store

The news that the current boss of Morrisons, Marc Bolland, is to become the new Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer brings to an end months of speculation in the retail industry about who would – and should – succeed Sir Stuart Rose. Though Bolland’s name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, the announcement comes as something of a surprise, with retail commentators … Continue Reading

Durham – a rare blip in the Waitrose success story

Waitrose fascia

Waitrose fascia

In recent weeks, hardly a day has gone by without some good news involving Waitrose – if it isn’t stellar sales figures, it’s been news about stocking 100% British own-brand dairy products, snapping up Duchy Originals, … Continue Reading