Category: Retail History

Exposed George Rye ghost fascia in Newcastle's Groat Market (10 Aug 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

George Rye: a little bit of Newcastle retail history uncovered again, five years after the last time


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Long-time readers of Soult’s Retail View may recall my blog post from August 2009, where I wrote about part of the William Hill fascia at...

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A brief history of Morpeth Woolworths


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As you’d probably expect, I get my fair share of Woolworths-related enquiries, given that I’ve written (and talked) so much about the retailer’s long and...

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Site of future Charles Clinkard store in Shrewsbury (21 Dec 2013). Photograph by Sam Stockley 4

Charles Clinkard Q&A: “Maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key”


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Think of a great northern city, and the chances are that you’ll bring to mind one of the great northern retailers that’s based there. Bradford...

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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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Vacant section of Darlington's ex-Woolworths at 18 Northgate (3 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Tracking down Darlington’s original Woolworths – 73 years after it relocated


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Never one to let a good Woolworths anniversary pass me by, today – 20 September 2013 – represents 73 years since Darlington’s Woolworths store relocated...

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Barker and Stonehouse store in Newcastle (18 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

North East stores invade London as Metro Outlet heads to Croydon’s ex-Allders


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In the same month that Middlesbrough-based furniture institution Barker and Stonehouse has opened its first London store, in Battersea, it’s been revealed that another firm with...

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Postcard of Campbell Place, Stoke-upon-Trent, c1953, with Majestic Buildings on the right 6

Eighty-five years on: tracking down the ex-Woolworths in Stafford and Stoke


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An anniversary is always as good an excuse as any to write a Woolworths-related blog post, and if you were around 85 years ago today...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Inverness (4 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Ex-Woolies spotting in Inverness, Dingwall and Blairgowrie


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If you like looking at shops and high streets, going on holiday to north west Sutherland, in Scotland – as I did earlier this month – isn’t...

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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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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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Wood's Gifts at Tamworth Co-op (21 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

New Jacques Vert concession launched as Tamworth Co-op’s department store looks to the future


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Tamworth shoppers now have access to a raft of Jacques Vert Group womenswear brands, following the opening of a new upmarket outlet concession in the...

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Fifties postcard confirms location of original Alnwick Woolworths


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Back in April I blogged about the apparent location of Alnwick’s original Woolworths, where the chain traded for the first fifteen years of its 55-year...

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Former Woolworths (now BHS), Queen Street, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 14

Cardiff city centre’s lost Woolworths


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Paying my first visit to Cardiff in twenty years last week, I couldn’t resist tracking down the city centre’s former Woolworths locations – despite the...

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Promotion for Crawley store on Wilkinson website (15 Aug 2012) 0

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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Site of original Woolworths, High Street, Spennymoor (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Reflections on Spennymoor High Street, 85 years to the day from Woolworths’ arrival


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I suspect it will have passed the townsfolk by, but today – 13 August – is the 85th anniversary of Woolworths opening in the County Durham...

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Former Woolworths (now BrightHouse), Fleetwood (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fleetwood’s former and phantom Woolworths


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As I mentioned earlier, I paid a long-overdue visit to the North West last week, visiting smaller towns such as Prescot and St Helens as...

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Former Woolworths (now Poundland and Mountain Warehouse), Cirencester (13 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Cirencester’s ex-Woolworths: a window on the rise of discounters


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I often talk about how the fate of ex-Woolworths stores provides a fascinating ‘window’ on the changing high street, and the ex-Woolies in Cirencester (store #394) –...

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