Category: Independent Stores

Interior of Leisure Lakes Bikes Daventry flagship 0

A business built on “staff knowledge and passion”: Q&A with Leisure Lakes Bikes


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One of the most interesting things to emerge from my regular Retailer Q&A features is a sense of how different, longstanding independents are navigating the increasingly multichannel...

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Selling “treasures” online in the fast-growing fashion accessories space: Q&A with Tesoros


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With my CannySites.com business traditionally focusing upon stores in the home, garden and holidays space, it’s fair to say that fashion probably hasn’t been my...

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Site of future Charles Clinkard store in Shrewsbury (21 Dec 2013). Photograph by Sam Stockley 4

Charles Clinkard Q&A: “Maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key”


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Think of a great northern city, and the chances are that you’ll bring to mind one of the great northern retailers that’s based there. Bradford...

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Spring Fair website (2 Feb 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Tips for indie retail success at Spring Fair today


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In what seems to be becoming a regular occurrence, I’m off to Spring Fair International at the NEC today (Monday 3 February) where – as...

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Pure Essence Greetings website (31 Aug 2013) 0

Celebrating Britain’s new indie retailers at Autumn Fair


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Regular readers will know that one of my favourite things about working in retail is discovering really interesting and successful independent shops – whether that’s...

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Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Shrewsbury: the town where independents are keeping the high street buzzing


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Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years...

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Former Woolworths, Morden, London (1 March 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Opened on 8 July 1933, what’s become of the ex-Woolworths in Morden?


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Regular readers will know that I always enjoy an obscure Woolworths anniversary, and today represents the 80th anniversary of the now-defunct chain opening its 498th store,...

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“The high street needs to adapt and evolve”: Retailer Q&A with Havens department store


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The traditional, independent department store has been a fixture of the British high street for generations – yet look around, and you could be forgiven for...

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Retailer's website in a browser. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Getting content with your web content: practical tips for a great retail website (Part 2)


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Whether you’re running a high-street shop, an online store or both, what are the ingredients that you need to create a really effective content website...

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Screenshot of Suzanne Jewellery website (30 Aug 2012) 2

Getting content with your web content: practical tips for a great retail website (Part 1)


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Through both my work at CannySites.com and my blogging, I get to see an awful lot of independent retailers’ websites, including the good, the bad...

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Former Woolworths (now Evitavonni), Farnham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Steve Hack 2

Farnham, home to Britain’s poshest ex-Woolies (just don’t try to photograph it)


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While former Woolworths up and down the country now play host to Poundland and B&M Bargains – with just the occasional Waitrose – the Surrey town...

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Closed-down Peters Bakery - and Greggs - in Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hexham store closures create space opportunities for new retailers


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While Hexham’s soon-to-close Millets looks to have a new tenant waiting in the wings, a couple of other closures since my previous visit in June provide...

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Site of original Woolworths, High Street, Spennymoor (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Reflections on Spennymoor High Street, 85 years to the day from Woolworths’ arrival


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I suspect it will have passed the townsfolk by, but today – 13 August – is the 85th anniversary of Woolworths opening in the County Durham...

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Bathroom tap. Photograph by Graham Soult 0

As big-name retailers crowd the bathrooms market, how can the indies fight back?


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Though I get to work with plenty of bathroom retailers through my Home Interiors Directory website, it isn’t a sector of the retail industry I’ve really blogged...

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Woolaballoo.com, Hexham (30 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Woolaballoo.com and Deli at Number 4: Hexham’s new breed of web-savvy independents


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I’ve often commented on Hexham’s very low retail vacancy rate, and the fact that the town’s empty units rarely stay empty for long. Arrivals in...

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Hoopers in happier times (14 Dec 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

The closure of Hoopers department store in Carlisle, and what might replace it


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The recent news that Hoopers in Carlisle is to close is clearly a disappointing development for the city, but it’s also very sad for anyone – like me...

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Atkinsons of Sheffield (18 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Celebrating Britain’s indie department stores: Atkinsons, Banburys and Barkers


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Among all the retail gloom that the newspapers seem to like writing about, it was refreshing to read last week that Browns of York is to...

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Poundland fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Poundland to take over Heron Foods site in Hexham


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One of the few empty shops in Hexham will soon be occupied again, with Poundland set to move into the former Heron Foods site in Priestpopple....

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