Author: Graham Soult

An old Woolies? Maybe, maybe not. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location.) Back in January I posted a...

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The former Select store in Whitley Bay, followings its 'Shopjacketting' 3

‘Shopjacket’ brings hope to Whitley Bay town centre


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Given the challenges that Whitley Bay town centre has faced over the last year – with a number of high-profile retail departures – it’s been great to see...

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Gregory's bakers in Bishop Auckland (6 Feb 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Bishop Auckland bustles, despite its empty Woolies


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The recent focus upon all that’s been happening in Newcastle means that I haven’t had as much time as I would like to explore some other...

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Eldon Square extension (16 Feb 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Initial reactions to the new St Andrew’s Way mall at Eldon Square


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I might have been busy at work at 10:30 a.m this morning, but many thousands of others evidently weren’t, judging from the crowds that attended the grand...

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New Look, Newcastle (15 Feb 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Eldon Square’s St Andrew’s Way opens today (16 February 2010)!


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There will be plenty of analysis of the new Eldon Square mall in Newcastle over the coming weeks, and reflection on the impact of St...

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Vergo Retail develops online presence


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Google ‘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...

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Waitrose Hopwood Park (14 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 2

Waitrose Hopwood Park now open!


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Weekly updates on the status of Waitrose at Hopwood Park Services on the M42 have become something of a habit lately, thanks to the regular...

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Former Woolworths (now Primark), Sunderland (21 Nov 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Sunderland’s old Woolies – a survivor almost to the end


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In an earlier post, I talked about some of the large, city centre Woolworths stores – such as the branches on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street and Sheffield’s...

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Former Zavvi, Newcastle (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

A Woolies twist to every story


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Well, that’s a surprise! I’ve only just discovered that I’ve been photographing and blogging about a former Woolworths store – here, and more recently here –...

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Best brands and iron girders for new Eldon Square Republic store


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With exciting mounting over the opening of Eldon Square’s St Andrew’s Way extension in less than a week’s time (10:30 on Tuesday 16 February, to be precise), it...

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...and the same building when it was Next (5 Feb 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Next, past and future


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Following the apparent confirmation of earlier rumours about Next planning to open a new store in Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping centre next year, it seems timely to take...

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Peacocks logo. Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Peacocks lined up for Newcastle’s former Zavvi


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Peacocks has submitted a planning application for new signage at the former Zavvi site in Newcastle’s Northumberland Street, confirming recent rumours that the fashion retailer was being...

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A week ago... (7 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 1

Well, that hasn’t taken Waitrose very long at all!


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I’ve just received the photo above from Mark Leaver, taken on his phone last night at Welcome Break’s Hopwood Park Services on the M42. It...

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1950s scene showing Maurice Gerald in Newcastle's Bigg Market 1

Remember Maurice Gerald at 6 Bigg Market, Newcastle?


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Given my interest in both retail history and local history more generally, it’s always a pleasure when people drop me a line to share their...

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Ethel Austin store, Byker. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Lost in (Ethel) Austin?


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Reports that value fashion retailer Ethel Austin and its sister homewares business, Au Naturale, are poised to enter administration – less than two years after both chains...

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Tesco Express, Eldon Garden (30 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Updates on Newcastle city centre’s new Tescos


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Heavy overnight snow provided a good excuse to take a walk into Newcastle today, rather than trying to drive anywhere further afield. It was also...

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Tamworth Market (24 Dec 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 17

Tamworth Market: the worst street market in Britain?


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Edit, 2 March 2015: This post is getting an awful lot of hits today! Be aware, however – as the date on it makes clear...

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Three weeks ago (24 Jan 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 2

Building work underway at Hopwood Park Waitrose


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Many thanks to Mark Leaver for sending me an MMS with this photo of work underway on the new Waitrose store at Hopwood Park Services on...

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139-153 Grainger Street, Newcastle (22 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Three-storey retail tenant “secured” to replace Newcastle’s Green Market


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As someone with an appetite for retail news stories, I like to occasionally visit Newcastle City Council’s planning applications website. Often, planning applications are where interesting...

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Alworths fascia 1

Site for sixth Alworths store announced…


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…and it’s going to be in Cosham, a northern suburb of Portsmouth, Hampshire. Due to open in February, this will be the first new Alworths...

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