Category: Retail Parks

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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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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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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Artist's impression of new Cramlington Poundworld store. Image courtesy of Poundworld 1

Poundworld to open second Cramlington store on 6 April


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Hot on the heels of its new Express store in Redcar, which launched last month, the discount variety chain Poundworld is set to open another new...

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Ex-TJ Hughes in Middlesbrough, prior to reoccupation by Metro Outlet (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Metro Outlet takes over Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes site, but ex-TJ’s elsewhere remain empty


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Middlesbrough had some retail good news on Saturday, as a new store opened its doors in the town’s former TJ Hughes premises – following on...

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Family Bargains (former Woolworths), Bristol Galleries (22 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Poundworld and Discount UK to open dual-fascia store in Swindon


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Multi-price value retailer Discount UK is to open its 30th store, in Swindon, this week – under a dual fascia with its Yorkshire-based parent brand, Poundworld....

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Poundstretcher and UGO, Nuneaton (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

How Poundstretcher can learn a thing or two from its acquired UGO stores


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After I first revealed that UGO, the fledgling supermarket chain, was set to be sold, there was understandably plenty of speculation about who the buyer was....

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Woolworths, Hawick, in 1931. Photograph courtesy of Ettrick Graphics 3

On the hunt for ex-Woolies – and thriving high streets – in the Scottish Borders


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With a visit to Edinburgh imminent – which will no doubt involve at least one or two Woolies-spotting detours – I figured it was time...

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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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Isabel Macdonald outside her new store 6

Interview: Isabel Macdonald, Branch Manager, John Lewis at Home Tamworth


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Tamworth’s new John Lewis at Home opened its doors on Wednesday (12 October), eight months after I broke the news of its impending arrival. The 42,000 sq ft...

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John Lewis Tamworth (17 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

John Lewis Tamworth takes shape


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Following the confirmation, in April, that John Lewis will indeed be opening one of its ‘At Home’ stores in Tamworth, work on site seems to be...

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John Lewis logo. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Is John Lewis coming to Tamworth?


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No, don’t choke on your cornflakes… that’s a serious question. My interest was piqued last month when the Tamworth Herald ran a story under the...

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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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Main entrance of The Range, Stockton-on-Tees (31 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

The Range fills the gap left by Stockton’s Big W


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Yesterday I finally paid a visit – by car – to the former Big W on Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees, having twice failed to find...

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An old Woolies? Maybe, maybe not. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location.) Back in January I posted a...

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HobbyCraft shines, Borders stumbles


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Mixed fortunes in the news today for two specialist retailers that both have a presence at Team Valley Retail World in Gateshead – HobbyCraft and Borders. Privately-owned HobbyCraft,...

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