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Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short

Autumn window at Fenwick, Newcastle (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult

Autumn window at Fenwick, Newcastle (14 Oct 2013)

Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013.

Last year I captured the Christmas window being set up on 30 October (below), so on that basis we can expect to see festive activity kicking off in Northumberland Street in just a week’s … Continue Reading

Photo blog: ten shop fascias that time – and the retailers – forgot

Marks & Spencer, St Helens (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult

Marks & Spencer, St Helens (10 May 2012)

Whether it’s long-forgotten remnants of departed retailers, or 1980s fascias that chains have forgotten to update, there’s something satisfying about coming across bits of retail heritage 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

Retail’s “dynamic female talent” sought as award nominations are launched

Winners of last year's Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards

Winners of last year's Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards

Having recently judged some retail awards myself – albeit in Stockton, rather than on the national stage – I was interested to receive details of the 2012 Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards.

Now … 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

What’s become of North Yorkshire’s former Woolies?

Former Woolworths, Whitby (16 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Whitby (16 Aug 2010)

As well as comprehensively exploring the North East, and making the occasional excursion into Cumbria or Scotland, I’ve also clocked a few of North Yorkshire’s former Woolworths stores over the last few months.

Assuming I haven’t missed any, … Continue Reading

Confirmed: Newcastle’s Green Market to close in January

Entrance to Green Market, Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult

Entrance to Green Market, Newcastle

Since I broke the story, in January, official confirmation of the closure of Newcastle’s Green Market at High Friars has been rather slow in coming. Even back then, I argued that “the lack of any coverage – or perhaps even awareness – of what appears to be the current Green Market’s impending closure is surprising.” 

As I … Continue Reading

Alworths plans Cupar and Forfar openings, as Graham pays a visit to Amersham

Alworths fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult

Alworths fascia

It seems that the ‘son of Woolworths’ chain Alworths has two new stores in the offing. Fife Today is reporting that Alworths will be opening up in the former Woolworths store in Cupar, while jobs are already being advertised for a new store in Forfar, in Angus, that is due to open in June.

If confirmed, these … 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

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

I haven’t seen one of those in a while…

Back of the WHSmith store in Redcar (17 Sep 2009)

Back of the WHSmith store in Redcar (17 Sep 2009)

Visiting Redcar today, I was amused to spot a little throwback to the past in the form of an old WHSmith fascia, featuring the once familiar cube of ‘W’, ‘H’ and ‘S’ letters. 

Curiously, the main frontage of the store in Redcar High Street features the more up-to-date blue … 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

Who or what is Clas Ohlson?

Clas Ohlson sign

With so many old Woolworths sites being taken over by familiar high street names and pound shops, it’s nice when the new arrival is something a little more interesting. So I was pleased to read that the Swedish “modern hardware brand” Clas Ohlson is going to be opening up in the former Woolies in Kingston upon Thames, and is also … Continue Reading

From charity shops to factory shops – the latest announcements on old Woolies sites

Iceland continues to pick up more Woolies stores - this one in Hexham was acquired in January

Iceland continues to pick up more Woolies stores - this one in Hexham was acquired in January

It looks like the pace of Woolworths stores finding new occupants may be picking up, with more than twenty new announcements since I … Continue Reading

More old Woolies sites to be taken over

Former Woolworths store

Former Woolworths store

Since my previous post three days ago, there have been several more announcements regarding former Woolworths sites that have found new occupants:

TK … Continue Reading

Former Woolworths stores – status update

Closing down sale at Woolworths

Closing down sale at Woolworths

There have been a few more announcements of new occupants for old Woolworths stores over the last couple of weeks: