Author: Graham Soult

Former Woolworths, Caernarfon (July 2010). Photograph by Sally Daffarn 4

A postcard from Caernarfon’s closed down Woolies


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I’m not quite sure if it should be a cause for celebration or urgent self-reflection when my friends start emailing over photographs of old Woolworths...

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Christmas decoration. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Christmas comes early again at Selfridges


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Today’s BBC News story about Selfridges’ imminent opening of its Christmas shop made me wonder whether I should just dust off and recycle my blog post...

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Alworths confirms Alloa opening, and heads to Hertford and Tiverton


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Following on from my blog post about Alworths opening in the Clackmannanshire town of Alloa, it has now been confirmed that the new store will open this week,...

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Retail Doctor’s guide is a tonic for indie retailers, albeit with a US flavour


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This post is something of a first for Soult’s Retail View – a proper book review! Before I talk about the book – which is the...

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Existing Kingston store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Unpacking Clas Ohlson’s 203% UK sales increase


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The much-blogged-about Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson published its sales figures for June yesterday. What’s interesting is that sales for the UK are now being stripped out from those of Finland,...

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Wallis to open concession in Robbs of Hexham


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Delivering on its promise to bring quality concessions to its recently acquired Robbs of Hexham store, it seems that Beales has already signed up the Arcadia-owned...

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Rothbury's High Street (13 February 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Rothbury’s retail charms


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It can hardly have escaped anyone’s notice that Rothbury, in Northumberland, has been the news centre of the UK this week, for reasons entirely outside the control...

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New book examines the architectural history of Scotland’s shops


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One of the nice things about running my own architecture subject gateway, Sapling.info, is that I get the opportunity to read about plenty of interesting buildings and places.  Earlier...

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Out of the ruins of Faith comes Hope


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It’s always good to hear of a retailer that is rising from the ashes, Wellworths-style, so I was pleased to read in The Appointment magazine...

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Alworths fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Alworths lined up for non-Woolies site in Alloa?


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Just a week after its first two Scottish stores opened in Forfar and Cupar, the variety store chain Alworths is now “recruiting for enthusiastic, customer focussed...

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Northumberland Street scene, Newcastle (17 June 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Currys and B&Q think compact as the retail park heads to the high street


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I was curious to read Retail Week’s recent article about the electricals retailer DSGi trialling a small-size dual fascia Currys and PC World store at...

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The ghosts of Washington’s former Woolworths


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Back in February, I blogged about the former Woolworths store in Sunderland’s Fawcett Street, which closed in 2004 following its acquisition by Primark. At the...

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Shopjacket im Howard Street, North Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

And while in North Shields… another Shopjacket


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While checking out North Shield’s Wooly Minded, I also paid a visit to the North East’s third Shopjacket, in nearby Howard Street, following on from...

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Existing Wooly Minded in North Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Newcastle’s Wooly Minded store opening – more details about “the knitter’s paradise”


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My coverage of the upcoming Wooly Minded store in Newcastle’s Clayton Street seems to have prompted quite a bit of interest on Twitter, so –...

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Card Factory lined up for Newcastle’s Northumberland Street


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Newcastle City Council has recently received a planning application for the “display of internally illuminated fascia sign and non illuminated projecting sign to front elevation”...

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Wooly Minded's Newcastle shop (17 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Newcastle’s Clayton Street gets Wooly Minded


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One of the quirks of the recently opened Eldon Square South extension in Newcastle is the contrast in tenant mix between the main St Andrew’s...

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Clas Ohlson fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Clas Ohlson continues UK expansion with Merry Hill store


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Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson has announced today that it will be opening its eighth UK store at Westfield’s Merry Hill shopping centre, at Brierley...

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Coverage of Cupar Alworths opening raises a retail laugh


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Alworths in Cupar opened today, taking over the premises that were latterly Pound-Mart and, before that, Woolworths. The fledgling chain’s first foray into Fife –...

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Robbs - under new management. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Robbs is saved – so what happens now?


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With just over a week now passed since Beales’ takeover of Robbs of Hexham was confirmed, details of what the welcome change of ownership might mean for the historic 192-year-old store...

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One degree of separation, as Soult meets Shopjacket in the Teesdale Mercury


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One of the things I love about retail is the way that you can always find obscure links between apparently unrelated places, people and shops – such as...

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