Author: Graham Soult

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Whitley Bay’s “upward trend in retail shopping”


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Anyone who follows my blog posts will see how frequently I draw from the great resource that is local newspaper websites. With the downturn affecting...

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M&S’s gain is Morrisons’ loss


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The news that the current boss of Morrisons, Marc Bolland, is to become the new Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer brings to an end...

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Photos from the 90s – Sheffield’s Castle House Co-op department store


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I’ve been sorting through some of my old photos recently – for old, read ‘1990s’. Very few of them have much interest from a retail...

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Alworth the wait? The latest ‘Son of Woolworths’ opens its second shop


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Following in the footsteps of Dorchester’s Wellworths, Stornoway’s Wee W and even Wallsend’s Well Worth It , the latest ‘son of Woolworths’ store – Alworths –...

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Hollister’s fictitious brand story – does it matter?


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I can’t claim to know much about Abercrombie & Fitch’s sister brand, Hollister, and if I did, I suspect it’s somewhere that might be outside...

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Good shop, bad shop – a lunchtime jaunt in Newcastle city centre


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An occasional feature in the print version of Retail Week is ‘Good shop, bad shop’, where a retail commentator writes about two contrasting stores that...

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Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 1)


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Though I can’t claim to make a habit of visiting six old Woolies stores in the same day (including Houghton-le-Spring, above), I have managed to build up...

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Millets in Newcastle, prior to closure (6 Oct 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s Millets among the 89 stores to be closed


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Yesterday I commented on the fact that the Millets store at MetroCentre was having a closing down sale; today, I noticed that the branch in...

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Some observations from visiting MetroCentre today


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I popped over to MetroCentre this afternoon, and spotted a few things that seemed worthy of blogging about. Millets: Following on from my post last...

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A busy day for retail – M&S, Blacks, and giving GIVe a look


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Today’s retail news has arguably been dominated by Marks and Spencer revealing better than expected results, and Blacks Leisure (owner of Millets, as well as its...

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Nice Tucci you again


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Wandering along Newcastle’s Grainger Street yesterday afternoon, I was quite surprised to see that the old Tucci fashion store – which closed down probably several...

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Is Apple Store coming to Newcastle’s Eldon Square?


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It certainly looks like it, according to the latest, publically available version of the Eldon Square South letting plan.[broken link removed] What’s more, it also appears...

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Former Woolworths, Redcar (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 15

How many former Woolworths can Graham visit in one day?


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How about SIX? Stop one is High Street in Redcar, where the former Woolworths store has recently become a branch of the Yorkshire Trading Company....

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Back of the WHSmith store in Redcar (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 17

I haven’t seen one of those in a while…


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Visiting Redcar today, I was amused to spot a little throwback to the past in the form of an old WHSmith fascia, featuring the once...

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A little bit of Newcastle retail history uncovered


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Walking through Newcastle’s Bigg Market area last Sunday, I was interested to see that part of the William Hill bookmaker’s fascia appeared to have dropped off,...

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Retailers needs a web presence that informs and inspires


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I was quite chuffed, this morning, to have a short article on web usability published in The Journal. Much of what I wrote is, or...

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Not what I had in mind for the old Newcastle Zavvi store…


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When I remarked a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle’s “Monument Mall would surely welcome the arrival of a strong anchor store” following the closure...

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Vergo rebranding riddle continues


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Regular readers may recall my post from last month, where I queried how the former East of England Co-op department stores might be rebranded following their takeover...

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Wellington Square ‘win a shop’ competition looks to nurture new retail talent


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With Britain’s high streets having to work hard to survive – let alone thrive – in the current downturn, I was pleased to read about an initiative here...

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