Category: Property

Millets, Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Coffee shop lined up as Hexham Millets confirms 21 September closing date?


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Hexham’s Millets store in Fore Street is to close on 21 September, after trading in the town for seven years. Though the Hexham Courant broke...

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"Goodbye Sale" at Hoopers Carlisle 0

Carlisle’s Hoopers bids “a fond farewell” on its final day of trading


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Hoopers, the upmarket Carlisle department store whose closure was announced in May, is to finally shut at the close of trade today (Saturday 25 August)....

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Cathedral and Conduit Street, Lichfield (19 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Lichfield gets a boost as Debenhams takes over city’s ex-TJ Hughes


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The confirmation that Debenhams will be opening up in Lichfield’s former TJ Hughes store in March 2013 is great news for the city, and should give...

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Cath Kidston, Nottingham (16 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Newcastle roundup: retail lettings remain active as Cath Kidston signs and Office expands


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Cath Kidston is to open a standalone store in Newcastle city centre, it has been revealed. The upmarket clothing, accessories, bags and homeware retailer –...

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New-concept Wilko opens in Crawley’s ex-TJ Hughes store


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Wilkinson’s “newest and most exciting concept store” has opened at 14-26 The Broadway in Crawley this morning (15 August). Designed to “offer the community a...

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Former Woolworths (now Peacocks), Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

The discount retailers dominating Suffolk’s ex-Woolworths sites


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Alongside its new-look Clintons, the Suffolk town of Stowmarket seems to have come off fairly well from recent retail administrations. Earlier this year, its ex-Woolworths managed...

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Hoopers, Carlisle (9 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Still hope for Hoopers Carlisle as talks continue


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Talks that could result in the rescue of Hoopers department store in Carlisle are still ongoing, I understand, three months on from the announcement of...

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Ethel Austin, Blaydon (12 Apr 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Rescued for the fourth time, can Ethel Austin really have a future?


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When value clothing retailer Ethel Austin fell into administration for the fourth time in as many years three weeks ago, it’s fair to say that its chances of...

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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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Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Breaking news: TJ Hughes to return to Middlesbrough as Metro Outlet makes way


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TJ Hughes is to reopen its store in Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Square, it has been confirmed. The move comes almost exactly a year after the...

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Mixed news for North East high streets as 22 Peters Bakery shops are saved, but 34 close


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Scarborough-based Cooplands snapped up 22 stores from Peters Bakery yesterday, following its Durham-based rival’s collapse into administration back in June. The deal announced by the...

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Development work at Monument Mall (27 Jul 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Hammerson reveals Armani and Jamie’s Italian for Newcastle’s Monument Mall – then deletes it


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It seems that Hammerson, the owner of Newcastle’s Monument Mall, may have inadvertently revealed two of the tenants that it’s signed up for the redeveloped...

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Leslie Jones Architecture's render of Eldon Square's Northumberland Street entrance 4

Stunning new entrance planned for Newcastle’s Eldon Square


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Plans to be officially unveiled later this week reveal that the Northumberland Street entrance to Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping centre is set to undergo a massive makeover. The...

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Peacocks, Gateshead (20 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Photo update: Gateshead Peacocks prepares for reopening


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Following yesterday’s news that EWM Group is to reopen the previously closed-down Peacocks store in Gateshead, I took an early-evening trip into the town centre to see...

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Peacocks in Gateshead (3 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Peacocks confirms imminent reopening of Gateshead town centre store


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Rescued fashion retailer Peacocks has confirmed that it is to reopen its store in Gateshead town centre, most likely this coming Friday (22 June). Edinburgh...

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Last fragment of Tesco Gateshead (10 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

As Trinity Square shoots up, the demolition of Gateshead Tesco nears its end


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Seven weeks after it shut its doors to customers, only a tiny fragment of Gateshead’s former Tesco superstore remains standing. Thompsons of Prudhoe – who...

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Former Peacocks, Middlesbrough (7 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Poundworld takes over Middlesbrough’s ex-Peacocks, as it opens its 30th store in 15 weeks


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Middlesbrough might have lost its Pure Party store in the fallout from Clinton Cards’ collapse, but as some retailers depart the town others are arriving...

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Clintons fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Eldon Square among saved stores as American Greetings snaps up 397 Clintons sites


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Yesterday’s news that Lakeshore Lending Limited, a subsidiary of card manufacturer and supplier American Greetings, has bought the brands and assets of Clinton Cards – including...

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BHS, Newcastle (20 Apr 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Bright, Hip and Stylish: Newcastle’s new BHS impresses – for the most part


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Given my extensive coverage of the build up to Newcastle’s new BHS store in Northumberland Street, you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve paid a couple...

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