Category: Property

British Heart Foundation store, Hartlepool (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Woolies photo updates from South Shields, Wallsend, Jarrow and North Shields


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While out and about on my recent travels, I’ve revisited – often just in passing – some of the former Tyneside Woolies sites that I’ve...

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Billingham town centre (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Back to Billingham


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Regular readers of this blog will be pleased to hear that I went back to Billingham yesterday, following my earlier underwhelming visit, back in June. The homogeneity...

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Boyes fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Bishop Auckland Boyes to open doors on 19 November


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Boyes, the Scarborough-based variety retailer, has revealed that its latest store – in Bishop Auckland’s old Woolies premises – will open for business on Friday 19...

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Primark fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

“Major value fashion anchor” for MetroCentre Woolies site


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MetroCentre’s empty Woolworths site is poised to get a new occupant, according to the mall’s majority owners, and is set to be trading by the middle...

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Former Woolworths (now B&M Bargains), Penrith (19 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Cumbria’s 100% hit rate of new Woolies tenants


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In between touring the East Midlands, travelling up to Berwick, and stopping off in Horley on my way out the country, I also found time this...

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Shuttered Ethel Austin store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Eth-alworth Austin


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As variety chain Alworths celebrates its first birthday today, the opening of stores in Newark and Maidenhead has now been confirmed for later this month –...

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Hotel Chocolat website (2 Nov 2010) 2

Hotel Chocolat comes to Newcastle


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Upmarket chocolate specialist Hotel Chocolat is to open a store in Newcastle city centre, it has been revealed – its most northerly standalone shop to...

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Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

One bus ticket – 11 former Midlands Woolies


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Regular readers of Soult’s Retail View will know that I have something of a penchant for visiting lots of old Woolworths stores in a short...

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New Alworths stores for Newark and Maidenhead


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‘Son of Woolies’ chain Alworths has had a quiet spell since opening a flurry of stores (in Llandudno, Newhaven and Hertford) at the end of...

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Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail


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Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene...

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Boyes, Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Boyes takes over Bishop Auckland’s old Woolies – could more follow?


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When I blogged about the remaining vacant Woolies stores in the North East a few days ago, I’d failed to spot that yet another is...

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Clas Ohlson fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Clas Ohlson heads to CSC-owned centres in Cardiff and Norwich


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I’m not sure whether Clas Ohlson’s people are reading this blog, or whether – more likely – the obvious locations for new UK stores are fairly easy...

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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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Former Woolworths, Sutton Coldfield (23 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Visiting Sutton Coldfield’s former Woolies – one of 300 still empty across the UK


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On Monday – the day that The Local Data Company published new figures on the number of vacant Woolies sites remaining across the UK – I...

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Frontage of original Woolworths store, Stockton-on-Tees (28 June 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Stockton’s original Woolies – and the current state of the town’s High Street


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Having missed Stockton-on-Tees’ original Woolworths when I first visited the town nearly a year ago, I’ve been keen to go back and capture a photograph of...

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Entrance to Green Market, Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Confirmed: Newcastle’s Green Market to close in January


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Since I broke the story, in January, official confirmation of the closure of Newcastle’s Green Market at High Friars has been rather slow in coming. Even back...

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Mall plan showing Peacocks (screenshot from 4 Aug 2010) 4

Peacocks flies into Tamworth’s Ankerside centre


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I was interested to find out a few days ago that the fashion retailer Peacocks will soon be opening a store in my old home town of Tamworth,...

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Upcoming PC World and Currys store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle (25 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Newcastle city centre updates – Currys, Cotswold and Clinton’s


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Heading into Newcastle today for a much-needed haircut, I had my usual wander around to see what was happening,  retail property-wise. In Northumberland Street, the...

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Former Woolworths and new Alworths site, Newhaven (17 Mar 2010). Photograph by Paul Gillett 5

Newhaven in East Sussex set to be the next Alworths stop


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The BT Phone Book is now listing an Alworths store at 14 High Street in Newhaven, East Sussex – the town’s former Woolworths unit.  There...

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Wedding shopwindow display at Newcastle's County Hotel (2 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Wedded to attention to detail


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One of the consequences of the economic downturn and the resulting increase in vacant shops has been the need for innovative mitigating measures – whether that’s...

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