Author: Graham Soult

Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail


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Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene...

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Boyes, Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Boyes takes over Bishop Auckland’s old Woolies – could more follow?


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When I blogged about the remaining vacant Woolies stores in the North East a few days ago, I’d failed to spot that yet another is...

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Screenshot of Fossil UK website (27 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Authentic Fossil, inauthentic Newcastle


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I was interested to read in Retail Week last week about the accessories and fashion chain Fossil planning to expand its UK store portfolio, but...

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Clas Ohlson fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Clas Ohlson heads to CSC-owned centres in Cardiff and Norwich


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I’m not sure whether Clas Ohlson’s people are reading this blog, or whether – more likely – the obvious locations for new UK stores are fairly easy...

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A sign of change (19 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Robbs transformation is un-Beale-ievable


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Less than three months after acquiring Robbs of Hexham, indie department store operator Beales has wasted no time at all in sprucing up the store...

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Former Woolworths, Sutton Coldfield (23 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Visiting Sutton Coldfield’s former Woolies – one of 300 still empty across the UK


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On Monday – the day that The Local Data Company published new figures on the number of vacant Woolies sites remaining across the UK – I...

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Frontage of original Woolworths store, Stockton-on-Tees (28 June 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Stockton’s original Woolies – and the current state of the town’s High Street


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Having missed Stockton-on-Tees’ original Woolworths when I first visited the town nearly a year ago, I’ve been keen to go back and capture a photograph of...

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Entrance to Green Market, Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Confirmed: Newcastle’s Green Market to close in January


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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...

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Mall plan showing Peacocks (screenshot from 4 Aug 2010) 4

Peacocks flies into Tamworth’s Ankerside centre


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I was interested to find out a few days ago that the fashion retailer Peacocks will soon be opening a store in my old home town of Tamworth,...

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Upcoming PC World and Currys store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle (25 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Newcastle city centre updates – Currys, Cotswold and Clinton’s


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Heading into Newcastle today for a much-needed haircut, I had my usual wander around to see what was happening,  retail property-wise. In Northumberland Street, the...

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Former Woolworths and new Alworths site, Newhaven (17 Mar 2010). Photograph by Paul Gillett 5

Newhaven in East Sussex set to be the next Alworths stop


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The BT Phone Book is now listing an Alworths store at 14 High Street in Newhaven, East Sussex – the town’s former Woolworths unit.  There...

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Wedding shopwindow display at Newcastle's County Hotel (2 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Wedded to attention to detail


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One of the consequences of the economic downturn and the resulting increase in vacant shops has been the need for innovative mitigating measures – whether that’s...

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Main entrance of The Range, Stockton-on-Tees (31 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

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


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Yesterday I finally paid a visit – by car – to the former Big W on Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees, having twice failed to find...

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Original Factory Shop fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

The Original Factory Shop in Morpeth – a shift towards more upmarket locations?


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The rapidly expanding mini-department store retailer, The Original Factory Shop, opened its seventh North East store, in Morpeth, last week. It adds to the retailer’s...

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High Street, Inverness with former Woolworths store (1 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Poundland to Poundstretcher – a brace of Scottish former Woolies


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One of the hazards of visiting so many places – and taking so many photos of shops – is that I end up with far...

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Gateshead car park (26 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Demolition underway – photos of Gateshead’s Get Carter car park today


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In my blog post about Gateshead’s Get Carter car park this morning, I suggested that “…it seems hard to believe that the car park is...

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Gateshead's Get Carter car park (28 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Demolition of Gateshead’s Get Carter car park starts today


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Since it opened in 1969, Gateshead town centre’s Trinity Square car park has been many things to different people, but always impossible to ignore. To some, it has been an icon...

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Wooly Minded, Clayton Street, Newcastle (24 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Newcastle update: Wooly Minded and Card Factory open; Bank on the way


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Passing through Newcastle city centre yesterday afternoon, I was able to see what was happening with several incoming stores that I’ve blogged about previously. In Clayton...

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Billingham town centre (28 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Ten minutes in Billingham town centre


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Until a few weeks ago, Billingham on Teesside had been one of only three former North East Woolworths – out of the 33 that closed following its 2008...

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Llandudno from the Great Orme (20 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Alworths comes to Llandudno


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Well, that’s a coincidence. Having blogged about the former Woolworths in Llandudno just a couple of days ago, Alworths has announced today that it will...

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