Vergo Retail – the saviour of unloved Co-op department stores?

Graham Soult

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  1. July 26, 2009

    […] I wrote about Vergo Retail’s recent acquisitions a few days ago, it brought to mind the photographs that I took back in February this year of the […]

  2. August 13, 2009

    […] readers may recall my post from last month, where I queried how the former East of England Co-op department stores might be rebranded […]

  3. November 18, 2009

    […] I’ve written before, in a blog about the fate of Co-op department stores nationally, Sheffield Co-op’s merger with United Co-op, which then merged in turn with the larger […]

  4. January 26, 2010

    […] maintain its position at the very heart of the town’s shopping experience at the same time as other regional Co-ops have exited non-food all together. Co-op department store, Tamworth (19 Sep […]

  5. February 10, 2010

    […] know is that the story has a neat, if slightly tenuous, link to a building mentioned briefly in one of my first blog posts – Murton House, in Grainger Street. Having housed the Henry A Murton department store from […]

  6. February 16, 2010

    […] ‘Vergo Retail’, and the likelihood is that you’ll currently find Soult’s Retail View among the top few search results. Indeed, since this blog launched in July, five of the top ten […]

  7. February 28, 2010

    […] the Westgate Department Stores brand by Anglia Regional Co-operative Society (ARCS). As I’ve mentioned before, Bishop Auckland’s Co-op department store was one of three North East shops rescued by ARCS […]

  8. May 11, 2010

    […] As regular readers of Soult’s Retail View will know, Vergo Retail had an acquisitive 2009, snapping up a succession of closure threatened Co-op department and home stores. These were added to the portfolio of three large department stores – Robbs, Joplings and […]

  9. August 14, 2012

    […] this year, its ex-Woolworths managed to avoid also becoming an ex-Peacocks, while its ex-Co-op department store was reopened by former staff and management, Wellworths-style, following Vergo Retail’s […]

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