Category: Property

Jack Wills, Exeter (9 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Jack Wills “agrees terms” on Newcastle Monument Mall store


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I understand that self-styled “university outfitter” Jack Wills has agreed terms on the prominent corner unit at Hammerson’s Monument Mall, bringing the brand to Newcastle...

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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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Stuart Kew's Forgotten London Woolworths blog (16 Mar 2013) 0

Hunting for long-gone Woolies stores in Harrow and Sudbury Hill


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It’s been great to see a new Woolworths-related history blog appear this week, courtesy of longstanding former Woolies staff member Stuart Kew. His blog, Forgotten...

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Former Woolworths and Poundsworth, Girvan (21 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

I’ve now visited and tracked a quarter of the ex-Woolies estate – but what have they all become?


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Headlines: 214 ex-Woolworths stores visited, out of the 807 that closed following its collapse Of those, only 12 currently empty (6%) 7 continually empty (3%)...

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New Maplin, Grainger Street, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

16 March opening for Newcastle’s “25% bigger” Maplin store


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Electronics specialist Maplin has confirmed that its relocated Newcastle branch will open on Saturday 16 March. The retailer is leaving its current site at 43 Pilgrim Street and...

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Fitting out Ponden Home, Gateshead (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Ponden Home opens in Gateshead’s ex-Bonmarche store as Trinity Square takes shape nearby


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Ponden Home, the soft furnishings and accessories retailer, has opened a new shop in Gateshead town centre, taking the unit in Jackson Street that had been empty...

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New TK Maxx, Northumberland Street, Newcastle (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Newcastle’s new TK Maxx gets ready for 28 February opening


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Getting on for a year since the redevelopment of Monument Mall began, the first reconfigured store within the Hammerson-owned scheme is finally preparing to open...

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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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Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Mountain Warehouse CEO outlines plans for relocated Carlisle store as sales soar across the chain


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The boss of Mountain Warehouse has told Soult’s Retail View that the chain plans to open a new, bigger store in Carlisle – despite its current store in Scotch...

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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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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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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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Primark, Newcastle (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Cladding goes up on Newcastle’s Primark as new city centre developments take shape


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The outside of Newcastle’s enlarged Primark is finally starting to gain its funky cladding, as the Northumberland Street store gets ready for its planned opening....

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L'Occitane en Provence, Eldon Square, Newcastle (25 Sep 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Upmarket chains prepare for Newcastle openings as L’Occitane reveals Eldon Square launch date


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L’Occitane en Provence, the high-end beauty products retailer, will open its Newcastle store on 25 October. When news of the new Eldon Square store was...

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TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough (12 Sep 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes confirms 3 October reopening date – with Birkenhead to follow


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TJ Hughes, the discount department store chain, has announced that its Middlesbrough store will reopen next week, at 10am on Wednesday 3 October. Under the heading...

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Former Woolworths (now Evitavonni), Farnham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Steve Hack 2

Farnham, home to Britain’s poshest ex-Woolies (just don’t try to photograph it)


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While former Woolworths up and down the country now play host to Poundland and B&M Bargains – with just the occasional Waitrose – the Surrey town...

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Closed-down Peters Bakery - and Greggs - in Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hexham store closures create space opportunities for new retailers


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While Hexham’s soon-to-close Millets looks to have a new tenant waiting in the wings, a couple of other closures since my previous visit in June provide...

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