Category: Regeneration

Former Mecca club in Wallsend - soon to be a Wetherspoon pub (21 Jun 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Exploring bingo’s place on the high street – and the online challenges that parallel retail


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If you follow my blogs and tweets religiously, you’ll know that I spend a fair chunk of my time travelling up and down the country,...

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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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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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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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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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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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Demolition of Tesco Gateshead (13 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Tesco’s express demolition: photographs of the Gateshead store biting the dust


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Demolition of Gateshead’s old Tesco superstore is nearing completion, just three weeks after it closed its doors to customers. After trading from the site since...

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New The Co-operative Food, Newcastle (30 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Newcastle and Gateshead retail developments roundup


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Back at the start of the year, I promised that 2012 was going to be an eventful year for Newcastle city centre in terms of...

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Trinity Square, Gateshead (18 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Construction work well underway at Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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It may have taken over a year to get started following the Get Carter car park’s demolition, but building work at Gateshead’s Trinity Square is...

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Closing-down poster at Newgate Street Co-op, Newcastle (2 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Newcastle’s Co-op food hall to ‘cease trading’ on 31 December


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Newcastle city centre’s Co-op supermarket is to close down this month, bringing to an end nearly a century-and-a-half of Co-operative presence in Newgate Street. Posters in the windows...

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Redcar High Street (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Redcar’s ‘virtual shops’ – with added authenticity


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There’s nothing like glorious weather to bring a British seaside resort to life, and Redcar, on the Tees Valley coast, had a really great buzz about...

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Mountain Warehouse, Hexham (1 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

New Mountain Warehouse reaffirms Hexham’s status as a retail hotspot


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Visiting Hexham on New Year’s Day, I was interested to see that a new branch of Mountain Warehouse had sprung up since I was previously...

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Filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street (22 Nov 2010) 11

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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Gateshead car park (26 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Demolition underway – photos of Gateshead’s Get Carter car park today


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In my blog post about Gateshead’s Get Carter car park this morning, I suggested that “…it seems hard to believe that the car park is...

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Gateshead's Get Carter car park (28 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Demolition of Gateshead’s Get Carter car park starts today


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Since it opened in 1969, Gateshead town centre’s Trinity Square car park has been many things to different people, but always impossible to ignore. To some, it has been an icon...

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