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

Graham Soult

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  1. The Shadow says:

    link The Range to open Portrack Lane megastore sponsored by ironic

    • Graham Soult says:

      link The Range to open Portrack Lane megastore sponsored by ironic

      That’s true! I hadn’t initially made that obvious connection between Deloitte sponsoring NE Business at the same time as overseeing Woolworths’ administration. Well spotted :)

  2. Graham Soult says:

    Thanks Adam!

    It’s unusual for TK Maxx to close a store, and I didn’t know about the Hartlepool site (shut in January last year, by the looks of it). There’s coverage at for anyone who’s interested.

    The interior of The Range at Stockton was fine actually – it didn’t feel overbearing or unpleasant, perhaps because there’s so much stock and colour on the shopfloor.

  3. Adam says:

    Just to run through a few of the points you raised. I can’t recall the store ever downsizing between 2004 and 2008. Although I seem to remember a fair chunk of the building was for stock and obviously not for the public.

    The ‘Big Cafe’ sign was definitely a remnant of the Big W days but that other sign looks like a Woolies one. I’d be interested to see what they’ve done inside, I have no problems with these ‘aircraft hanger’ type stores but the scale of the old Big W one mean it was an odd, and unappealing, shopping experience.

    On future locations, the former Byker Woolies was what first sprung to mind for me, I think the former M&S at the Metrocentre is just too out of the way. Others I can imagine are the former TK Maxx at Hartlepool Marina and the former MFI unit at Sunderland’s Hylton Retail Park.

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