Category: Merchandising

Fenwick Christmas window in preparation last year (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short


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Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013....

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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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Home & Living aisle, Tesco Extra, Gateshead (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

Exclusive pictures: a first look inside the new Tesco Extra at Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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It might not open for another three days (at 8am on Thursday 23 May), but last Friday I was delighted to be the first blogger...

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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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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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Amar Atelier, Alicante (17 Jun 2011). Photograph courtesy of Amar Atelier 0

The Spanish indie retailer with a North East design connection


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Many of you will have seen my retail column in the Bdaily last week, where I discussed some of the key ingredients that help to make a...

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Wellchester's Claire Robertson (8 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

As Wellworths becomes Wellchester, Claire Robertson talks tweaking and expansion


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For someone who makes a habit of visiting old Woolworths – and I’ve racked up about 140 so far – there can be few ex-Woolies...

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A sign of change (19 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Robbs transformation is un-Beale-ievable


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Less than three months after acquiring Robbs of Hexham, indie department store operator Beales has wasted no time at all in sprucing up the store...

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Cover of 'The Retail Doctor's Guide to Growing Your Business' 1

Retail Doctor’s guide is a tonic for indie retailers, albeit with a US flavour


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This post is something of a first for Soult’s Retail View – a proper book review! Before I talk about the book – which is the...

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Existing Wooly Minded in North Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Newcastle’s Wooly Minded store opening – more details about “the knitter’s paradise”


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My coverage of the upcoming Wooly Minded store in Newcastle’s Clayton Street seems to have prompted quite a bit of interest on Twitter, so –...

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