Author: Graham Soult

Woolworths, Hawick, in 1931. Photograph courtesy of Ettrick Graphics 3

On the hunt for ex-Woolies – and thriving high streets – in the Scottish Borders


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With a visit to Edinburgh imminent – which will no doubt involve at least one or two Woolies-spotting detours – I figured it was time...

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1913 postcard showing Middlesbrough's Woolworths at 91-93 Linthorpe Road on the left. Image courtesy of Ali Brown 6

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 1)


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After making my first visit to Middlesbrough’s most recent former Woolworths – the site of today’s Discount UK – back in September 2009, Soult’s Retail View...

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House of Fraser (Binns), Darlington (1 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Soult’s Retail Loo: Darlington House of Fraser spruces up its facilities


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It’s not one of my most well-read posts, but some of you may remember my blog from last March about the disappointing state of the toilet facilities...

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La Senza closing down in Newcastle (2 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

What does 2012 hold for Newcastle city centre?


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Since this is my first post of 2012, I must begin by wishing all Soult’s Retail View readers a very Happy New Year! Thank you...

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New BHS Newcastle site (28 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Newcastle’s new BHS finally announces its presence


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Work on the new BHS store in Newcastle has been underway for more than six months, though the lack of any mention of BHS on...

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Trinity Square, Gateshead (18 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Construction work well underway at Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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It may have taken over a year to get started following the Get Carter car park’s demolition, but building work at Gateshead’s Trinity Square is...

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Notice by travelator, former Big W, Loughborough (15 Dec 2011). Photograph by Steve Hack 0

Lost in The Rushes: Loughborough’s little piece of Big W history


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Loughborough’s former Big W at The Rushes Shopping Centre may have reopened as a Tesco in February last year, but Soult’s Retail View reader Steve...

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Image gallery: a sneak peek inside Newcastle’s Urban Outfitters


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Newcastle’s long-awaited Urban Outfitters store opens its doors tomorrow (Friday 9 December), but I was lucky enough to be given a preview tour yesterday. Believe...

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Former Woolworths, North Shields (15 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

“I love carpets, me!” Frank’s the Flooring Store heads to North Shields’ ex-Woolworths


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Frank’s the Flooring Store has confirmed to Soult’s Retail View that it is in possession of North Shields’ former Woolworths site, and expects to open there in...

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Closing-down poster at Newgate Street Co-op, Newcastle (2 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

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


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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...

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Upcoming Urban Outfitters, Newcastle (29 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Newcastle’s Urban Outfitters is unwrapped ahead of 9 December opening


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Newcastle’s upcoming Urban Outfitters store has been tantalisingly hidden behind orange boards for over a month – including when I passed by last week – but the...

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New Look and Next (formerly Woolworths) (24 Nov 2011). Photograph by Steve Hack 0

Next and New Look open up in Perth’s former Woolworths premises


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The fashion retailers Next and New Look opened the doors to their new stores in Perth yesterday (24 November), on the site of the town’s...

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Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Hexham Poundland opens; Ashington to follow


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Poundland opened the doors of its new Hexham store last Thursday (17 November) – and I understand that another Northumberland Poundland will be opening in Ashington...

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Can you identify this mysterious Woolworths from a century ago? [updated]


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[We have an answer already! See below] Old postcards can be a great source of Woolworths images, and I’ve regularly used them to illustrate my Woolies-related blogs –...

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Breaking news: Bakery Products acquires North East supermarket supplier Tindale & Stanton


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A family-run bakery and supermarket supplier based in County Durham has been saved from closure. Bakery Products Limited has acquired the assets and goodwill of...

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Former Woolworths, Wallsend (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

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


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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...

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Soon-to-open Superdry, Durham (16 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Superdry readies for 18 November opening in Durham


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Superdry – the SuperGroup-owned fashion chain of the moment – is gearing up to open its new store in Durham’s Silver Street at 9am this coming Friday...

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Window display, Poundstretcher Wombwell (3 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Wombwell Poundstretcher’s Andrex window display is not flushed with success


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A few days ago, I blogged about how Poundstretcher in Newcastle needs to sell itself better in order to capitalise on the extra footfall generated...

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Poundland fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Poundland to take over Heron Foods site in Hexham


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One of the few empty shops in Hexham will soon be occupied again, with Poundland set to move into the former Heron Foods site in Priestpopple....

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Best Buy, Rotherham (3 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Carphone confirms closure of its 11 UK Best Buy stores – so what went wrong?


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Carphone Warehouse has this morning confirmed that it will close its 11 big-box Best Buy stores across the UK, subject to employee representative consultation, putting 1,100...

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