Category: Shopping Centres

Sheffield's existing John Lewis in Barker's Pool (18 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

As Stratford City opens, I check out John Lewis’s answers to the lack of other new schemes


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As the vast Westfield Stratford City opens its doors today, it’s little wonder that most of Twitter’s retail commentators seem to have decamped to east London. With...

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Postcard of Victoria Street, c.1908 6

Derby’s original Woolworths site – and a precedent for today’s retail churn


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Back in January I blogged about Burton upon Trent’s original Woolworths store, and promised to turn my attention in a future post to the nearby...

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St Clare's Hospice shop, Jarrow (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

A tale of three Tyneside ex-Woolies – Jarrow, North Shields and Wallsend


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While Store Twenty One is about to take over the unoccupied part of South Shields’ former Woolies, the ex-Woolworths in Jarrow – already part-occupied by Store...

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Welcome to Lake Bled, Slovenia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Newcastle to Slovenia, there’s no escaping Mike Ashley


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Coming from Tyneside, there’s little avoiding either Mike Ashley or his continually expanding Sports Direct chain. Newcastle city centre has two large Sports Direct stores –...

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Queen's Parade frontage of former Woolworths, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

24,000 sq ft BHS to fill Hartlepool’s ex-Woolies site


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As I briefly noted last week, Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths store isn’t the only one on Teesside to have recently found a new occupant. At the end...

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Discount UK (former Woolworths), Middlesbrough (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Poundworld’s multi-price format, Discount UK, lands in Middlesbrough


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Down on Teesside last week, I’d only really planned to have a quick look around Middlesbrough while waiting for my connecting bus to Redcar. However, I...

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Woolworths, South Harrow (31 Dec 2008). Photograph by Barry Marshall 6

Readers’ ex-Woolies updates from Harrow and Finchley Road


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Though I’ve paid several visits to London over the last year, I’ve still only scratched the surface as far as photographing the capital’s ex-Woolies stores...

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New Next, Newcastle (14 Apr 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Newcastle Next flagship set for 12 May opening


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The timescale may have slipped a little from the original April target – which is still being proclaimed by the external hoardings – but I understand that...

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Rear of former Woolworths, MetroCentre (25 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Work on new Metrocentre Primark well underway


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I was at Metrocentre yesterday, and noted that work seems to be progressing well on Primark’s redevelopment of the former Woolworths unit. Though Primark’s relocation...

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New Next, Newcastle (23 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Newcastle’s new Next readies for April opening


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Work has been underway on Newcastle’s former Arcadia site for the best part of a year, as the space is transformed into a 55,000 sq...

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B&M Bargains (former Woolworths), Chester-le-Street (24 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

B&M Bargains heads to Burton – but where next?


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Many thanks to Lee Dymond and Martin, who both emailed me about the news of B&M Bargains opening in the former Woolworths store in Burton,...

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Trinity Leeds hoarding, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Leeds’ “retail soulmate” starts to take shape


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During my recent visit to Leeds city centre, one of the most visible retail developments was the ongoing construction work for Trinity Leeds, with cranes towering...

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Former Woolworths (now Home Bargains), Merrion Centre, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Woolies spotting in Leeds


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As you would expect, I used the opportunity of being in Leeds last week to check out the city centre’s former Woolies sites. Leeds’ original Woolworths in...

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Sports Direct, Stafford (30 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Familiar discount names in Staffordshire’s former Woolies stores


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The more former Woolworths stores I blog about, the more predictable it gets that I’ll be mentioning now-familiar discount names such as B&M Bargains, Home...

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Filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street (22 Nov 2010) 10

Why does Stockton have so many empty shops? BBC1 tonight at 7.30 might have some answers…


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Those of you in the North East and Cumbria (or anywhere else with access to Freesat), may be interested in watching BBC1 at 7.30 pm tonight (Monday...

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Victory Square, Hartlepool (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Hartlepool and Middlesbrough’s still-vacant Woolies sites


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While visiting Billingham yesterday, I also managed to fit in stops in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. In Hartlepool, there is no sign of the large empty...

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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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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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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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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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