Category: Overseas

HMV, Solihull (22 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hilco has rescued HMV, but now the hard work really starts


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It’s been nearly three months coming, but now the news that everyone wanted to hear has been confirmed: the iconic entertainment retailer HMV, which collapsed...

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Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson's Swedish website (12 Mar 2013) 2

Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with...

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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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L'Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

L’Occitane en Provence heads to Newcastle’s Eldon Square


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L’Occitane en Provence, the upmarket beauty products retailer, is to open a standalone shop in Newcastle’s Eldon Square next month. Details of the September store...

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Clas Ohlson, Reading (19 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Clas Ohlson pushes social media and confirms UK transactional website launch


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has revealed that it is pushing on with plans for a UK transactional website, with an expected launch in the spring....

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Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Hexham Poundland opens; Ashington to follow


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Poundland opened the doors of its new Hexham store last Thursday (17 November) – and I understand that another Northumberland Poundland will be opening in Ashington...

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Best Buy, Rotherham (3 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Carphone confirms closure of its 11 UK Best Buy stores – so what went wrong?


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Carphone Warehouse has this morning confirmed that it will close its 11 big-box Best Buy stores across the UK, subject to employee representative consultation, putting 1,100...

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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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Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Has Britain fallen out of love with Tesco?


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Today’s release of fairly weak UK trading figures from Tesco – where like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, fell by 0.5% in the first half...

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Clas Ohlson poster on Metro (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Marketing push ahead of Clas Ohlson’s Newcastle opening


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Everything seems to be gearing up nicely for the opening of Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson store, just two weeks today on Wednesday 24 August. The Northumberland...

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Welcome to Lake Bled, Slovenia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Newcastle to Slovenia, there’s no escaping Mike Ashley


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Coming from Tyneside, there’s little avoiding either Mike Ashley or his continually expanding Sports Direct chain. Newcastle city centre has two large Sports Direct stores –...

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Clas Ohlson catalogue. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson on track for 24 August opening


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has confirmed that its new Newcastle store in Northumberland Street will open on Wednesday 24 August. Recently erected hoardings around the...

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Former Woolworths (now The Original Factory Shop), Chepstow (24 Mar 2011). Photograph by Alistair Leaver 2

More of your ex-Woolies pics – and one that’s still very much alive


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Back in February I featured a batch of readers’ ex-Woolies pics, showcasing the former stores in Warrington (now Poundland), Batley (JBM Bargains) and Beverley (Boots)....

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Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

As Clas Ohlson pledges “long-term commitment” to UK, I check out the Leeds store


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Things have been pretty quiet on the Clas Ohlson front since the Swedish hardware retailer announced the latest stage of its UK expansion, back in...

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Existing Kingston store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Unpacking Clas Ohlson’s 203% UK sales increase


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The much-blogged-about Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson published its sales figures for June yesterday. What’s interesting is that sales for the UK are now being stripped out from those of Finland,...

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Northumberland Street, Newcastle (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Vælkomin til Newcastle!


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Delighted to see from BBC News that Tyneside’s retail offer is sufficiently exciting to attract a festive shopping visit from 1,000 Faroe Islands residents! Surely...

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Who or what is Clas Ohlson?


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With so many old Woolworths sites being taken over by familiar high street names and pound shops, it’s nice when the new arrival is something a...

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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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