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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

Heron Foods launches new website and plots further expansion

New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012)

New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012)

Heron Foods, the Hull-based discount supermarket chain, has launched a new website as it takes its first steps into cyberspace.

Described by Retail Week in 2009 as one of “retail’s best kept secrets”, Heron Foods has traditionally kept a low profile, eschewing a web presence – other than … Continue Reading

Wallsend’s Woolies history – from High Street West to High Street East

High Street West, Wallsend (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

High Street West, Wallsend (8 Aug 2011)

Over the last few weeks I’ve highlighted some of the North East towns – including Houghton-le-Spring and Alnwick – where Woolworths originally opened in one location only to then relocate … Continue Reading

Heron Foods takes over Wallsend’s former Woolworths – 21 November opening planned

Soon-to-be Heron Foods, Wallsend (15 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

Soon-to-be Heron Foods, Wallsend (15 Nov 2011)

After much speculation, family-owned frozen food specialist Heron Foods has revealed itself as the new occupant of Wallsend’s former Woolworths store.

Following my visit two months ago, I reported that the property at 2-4 High Street East – vacant since 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

A tale of three Tyneside ex-Woolies – Jarrow, North Shields and Wallsend

St Clare's Hospice shop, Jarrow (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult

St Clare's Hospice shop, Jarrow (8 Aug 2011)

While Store Twenty One is about to take over the unoccupied part of South Shields’ former Woolies, the ex-Woolworths in Jarrow – already part-occupied by Store Twenty One – has gained a new tenant for its own vacant section.

As I reported … 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

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

Alworths confirms Alloa opening, and heads to Hertford and Tiverton

Alworths fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Alworths fascia

Following on from my blog post about Alworths opening in the Clackmannanshire town of Alloa, it has now been confirmed that the new store will open this week, on Wednesday 21 July. The site, at 49 Shillinghill, was occupied by Ethel Austin, prior to that retailer’s collapse earlier this year. 

Quoting the MD Andy Latham, Alworths’ press release about the store opening … 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

Alworth the wait? The latest ‘Son of Woolworths’ opens its second shop

Alworths in Amersham

Alworths in Amersham

Following in the footsteps of Dorchester’s Wellworths, Stornoway’s Wee W and even Wallsend’s Well Worth It , the latest ‘son of Woolworths’ store – Alworths – opened the doors to its second store in Amersham, Buckinghamshire yesterday.

To date, the various Woolies ‘offspring’ have  tended to be one-off, locally-driven responses to the gap that Woolworths left on particular high streets. In the case of Wellies and Wee W, … Continue Reading