Category: Brands

Not surprisingly, Retail Week ranks highly for influence... but how high? Photograph by Graham Soult 0

The Lissted UK Retail Top 100: Britain’s most influential retail Twitter accounts


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Background Back in April, Newcastle-based influence analysis platform Lissted prompted quite a lot of reaction when it published its list of the 250 most influential...

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Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication


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I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark...

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Clicks, bricks and stunning images: Retailer Q&A with The Original Sofa Co.


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If you read the blog accompanying my 2012 Autumn Fair seminar on creating great web content, you’ll know that one of the things I always...

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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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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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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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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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New Clintons signage at Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Can Clintons’ new look help restore the chain’s fortunes?


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Just two months after rescuing nearly 400 Clintons stores, the chain’s new owners have started rolling out a new look – inside and out –...

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Ethel Austin, Blaydon (12 Apr 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Rescued for the fourth time, can Ethel Austin really have a future?


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When value clothing retailer Ethel Austin fell into administration for the fourth time in as many years three weeks ago, it’s fair to say that its chances of...

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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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Wilkinson, Newcastle (28 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s revamped Wilkinson is better and brighter


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Since Wilkinson, the family-owned hardware and variety chain, quietly launched its new logo and store format over three years ago, the refreshed look seems to have...

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Sign at Poundstretcher in Ashington (21 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Poundstretcher reveals new visual identity as it reopens ex-UGO stores


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Poundstretcher, the discount variety store chain, has reopened the UGO stores that it acquired last month – and has seemingly unveiled a new logo at...

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Poundworld and Discount UK store, Swindon (2 Mar 2012). Photograph by Lee Sartin 4

Fascia treatment of Poundworld’s 2-in-1 Swindon store revealed


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Many thanks to Soult’s Retail View reader Lee Sartin, who has sent in a picture of the dual-fascia Poundworld and Discount UK store that opened...

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Poundstretcher and UGO, Nuneaton (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

How Poundstretcher can learn a thing or two from its acquired UGO stores


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After I first revealed that UGO, the fledgling supermarket chain, was set to be sold, there was understandably plenty of speculation about who the buyer was....

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Discount UK (former Woolworths), Newcastle (4 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

As Discount UK opens in Newcastle, Poundstretcher watches


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Poundworld-owned variety retailer Discount UK has opened its Newcastle store today, with stilt walkers and free sweets on hand to welcome shoppers to the former...

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Signage at UGO Lundwood (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

A new UGO tour: positive signs as I go supermarket spotting in Barnsley and Hull


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The emergence of UGO as Britain’s newest discount supermarket chain has been one of the most interesting retail launches of 2011 so far. Back in January,...

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