Category: Property

Soon-to-be Poundland in St George's Way (19 May 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Poundland to take Eldon Square spot next to Waitrose


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If you’ve passed through the St George’s Way mall of Newcastle’s Eldon Square in the last few days, you’ll have noticed new hoardings around the three...

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Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

New Gateshead Poundland to open on 29 March – with existing store retained for now


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One of the eight new Poundland stores scheduled to open by the end of March is the long-awaited branch at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development, which Poundland’s...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Argyle Street, Glasgow (20 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies'” success?


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As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in...

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Closed Moffees at Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014) 1

Nine months in, Gateshead’s Trinity Square hits footfall high and eyes 100% occupancy


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When Gateshead’s Trinity Square opened its doors in May last year, you could have been forgiven for being a little underwhelmed by the extent of...

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Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe, with improved public realm (5 Jan 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Five years after closure, Newton Aycliffe Woolworths may soon be occupied


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If you’ve managed to miss me hogging the airwaves this morning – on BBC Radio 5 Live (which you can listen to here), Wales, Scotland,...

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Former Woolworths (now Boyes), Bishop Auckland (19 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Five years on from Woolies’ collapse, Boyes signs for the Coalville store


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It’s hard to believe that it’s five years ago today – on 26 November 2008 – that Woolworths collapsed into administration after trading in the...

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Hoardings outside Metrocentre Lego Store site (6 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Exclusive: Lego Store set for 29 November opening at Intu Metrocentre


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The new Lego Store at Gateshead’s Intu Metrocentre is to open on Friday 29 November, I understand. The imminent opening of the store seems to have prompted...

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Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Resurgent Game reopens axed stores in Newcastle and Sunderland


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A year and a half after 21 North East stores closed following Game’s collapse into administration, two of those shops – in Grainger Street, Newcastle and...

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Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Adidas and Toys R Us move quickly to fill Intu Eldon Square voids


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In recent months, the St Andrew’s Way section of Newcastle’s Eldon Square has seen its first tenant departures since opening in February 2010, with the...

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B&M jobs site (18 Oct 2013) 5

B&M recruits for Gateshead Team Valley store ahead of 16 November opening


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The thriving discount retailer B&M is recruiting staff for its new Gateshead store, which is scheduled to open at Team Valley Retail World on Saturday...

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Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Good news for Sunderland as fashion store Utopia takes over ex-Peacocks


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Sunderland’s ex-Peacocks unit in The Bridges is finally to be reoccupied, after more than 18 months of vacancy. The prominent Market Square store was one of...

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Original Woolworths (now A&S Discount Store), Byker (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Old Woolies fascia exposed as Byker Wetherspoon’s readies for October opening


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The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – The High Main – opens at 63 Shields Road on 22...

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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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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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Barker and Stonehouse store in Newcastle (18 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

North East stores invade London as Metro Outlet heads to Croydon’s ex-Allders


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In the same month that Middlesbrough-based furniture institution Barker and Stonehouse has opened its first London store, in Battersea, it’s been revealed that another firm with...

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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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New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

North East leads the space change as Tesco adds gyms to Extra stores


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Tesco Extra branches in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland are to see surplus space converted into gyms, as the retail giant looks to ‘repurpose’ excess square footage within...

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Postcard of Campbell Place, Stoke-upon-Trent, c1953, with Majestic Buildings on the right 6

Eighty-five years on: tracking down the ex-Woolworths in Stafford and Stoke


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An anniversary is always as good an excuse as any to write a Woolworths-related blog post, and if you were around 85 years ago today...

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Scheme signage at Trinity Square, Gateshead (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Tesco-anchored Trinity Square gets ready for its 23 May opening


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With just four days to go before the Tesco-anchored retail portion of Trinity Square opens (on Thursday 23 May), Gateshead shoppers are getting their first...

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Bewick Way, connecting Trinity Square with Jackson Street in Gateshead (21 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Sports Direct heads tenant list for Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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One month ahead of its 23 May opening, the names of several more tenants for Gateshead’s £150m Trinity Square development have emerged. The most recent brochure for...

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