Author: Graham Soult

Fitting out Ponden Home, Gateshead (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Ponden Home opens in Gateshead’s ex-Bonmarche store as Trinity Square takes shape nearby


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Ponden Home, the soft furnishings and accessories retailer, has opened a new shop in Gateshead town centre, taking the unit in Jackson Street that had been empty...

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New TK Maxx, Northumberland Street, Newcastle (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Newcastle’s new TK Maxx gets ready for 28 February opening


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Getting on for a year since the redevelopment of Monument Mall began, the first reconfigured store within the Hammerson-owned scheme is finally preparing to open...

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Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013) 1

Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Mountain Warehouse CEO outlines plans for relocated Carlisle store as sales soar across the chain


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The boss of Mountain Warehouse has told Soult’s Retail View that the chain plans to open a new, bigger store in Carlisle – despite its current store in Scotch...

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Sage Business Experts website (11 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

A challenge from Sage: my tips on starting a business in retail… in 500 words


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As you may have seen already, I was recently recruited as a Business Expert by the well-known Newcastle-based business software and services provider Sage. Set...

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HMV, South Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Four North East stores to go in first wave of HMV closures


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As you may well have seen last week, four North East locations are among the 66 loss-making HMV stores that will close within the next couple...

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Woolaballoo.com site on an iPad (1 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Notes from my Spring Fair seminar: 14 tips for creating great retail web content #SF


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After sharing my practical tips on creating a great retail website at last year’s Autumn Fair, it was a pleasure to be invited back to the E-commerce...

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Catch my free seminar on creating great web content – this Monday (4 February) at Spring Fair #SF


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After helping retailers “get content with their web content” at last year’s Autumn Fair International, I’m delighted to have been invited back to give the...

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“What began as a marketing exercise is now all consuming”: Retailer Q&A with Shower Enclosures UK


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If one theme has emerged clearly from my Retailer Q&A series to date, it’s that modern retail businesses can’t really afford to ignore the Internet: whether...

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Co-op department store, Derby (10 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

As eight Midlands Co-op department stores face closure, what might the future hold?


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Midlands Co-op has become the latest co-operative society to exit non-food, with its announcement today that eight Fashion & Home department stores are to close within...

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Nipper logo at HMV in Coventry (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Nipper on the brink: is there a future for HMV, and do we care?


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If reports tonight are to be believed, it looks like the 92-year-old entertainment retailer HMV could collapse into administration tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January), putting around 235 stores and...

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Wood's Gifts at Tamworth Co-op (21 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

New Jacques Vert concession launched as Tamworth Co-op’s department store looks to the future


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Tamworth shoppers now have access to a raft of Jacques Vert Group womenswear brands, following the opening of a new upmarket outlet concession in the...

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HMV Newcastle (11 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

As HMV struggles, just how important is the pre-Christmas trading period for retailers?


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Eighteen months on from securing a £220m refinancing ‘lifeline’, HMV’s warning today that it is likely to breach its banking covenants in January and April has...

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“The biggest opportunities lie in mobile commerce”: Retailer Q&A with Nabru


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With Walmsley’s currently teetering on the high street, and chains like Habitat, Land of Leather and MFI having collapsed in the last few years, the...

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QS Supplies website (13 Aug 2012) 1

Bringing a “fashion skill set” to bathrooms: Retailer Q&A with QS Supplies


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Back in July, I discussed the fragmented and increasingly competitive bathrooms market, raising the question of “what independent bathroom retailers – whether offline, online, or...

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Walmsley's, Newcastle (3 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

North East stores at risk as high street furnisher Walmsley’s collapses again


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Stores in Newcastle, Sunderland, Blyth and Stockton are among 24 shops that are at risk following the collapse of Walmsley’s, the high street furniture specialist,...

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New Tiger store, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (22 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Celtic Tiger: the Danish variety retailer prepares for Glasgow store opening


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If you follow my tweets you’ll know that I’ve spent the middle part of this week in Glasgow, taking time to explore the Ayrshire coast...

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Critiquing the Achica experience as I try out the “members-only luxury lifestyle store”


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Since its launch less than three years ago, the private sales etailer Achica – badged as the “members-only luxury lifestyle store” – has been something of a quiet...

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