Category: Department Stores

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Beales “lodges formal notice of interest” in buying Robbs


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It seems like it’s not just me who thinks that Beales taking over Robbs would be a good idea, with today’s Hexham Courant reporting that...

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Robbs of Hexham. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Could Beales – or someone else – yet save Robbs?


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If you read the Hexham Courant, you’ll have seen the extensive coverage in Friday’s paper of Robbs’ impending closure, following the announcement, by the administrators...

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Joplings in Sunderland. Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Robbs and Joplings owner Vergo Retail in administration


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Department and home store retailer Vergo Retail has gone into administration, placing a question mark over the future of the 19-store business – including the...

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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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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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...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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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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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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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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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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Merry Christmas!


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I was thrilled to read that Selfridges in London has now opened its Christmas shop, and that – should I be inclined – I can...

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Esslemont & Macintosh – the one that got away


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When I wrote about Vergo Retail’s recent acquisitions a few days ago, it brought to mind the photographs that I took back in February this year...

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John Lewis Bristol and the city’s changing retail landscape


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Perhaps it’s a reflection of my status as a retail nerd that one of the first things I usually do on Friday mornings is check...

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Vergo Retail – the saviour of unloved Co-op department stores?


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In the last couple of weeks, one interesting news story that has been easy to miss is the takeover of the East of England Co-op’s...

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Does anyone else photograph Tescos?


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Until I do write my first proper blog post, let’s at least cheer things up on the home page with some gratuitous Tesco shots. As...

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