Category: Home and DIY

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Promoting the fair trade cause: Retailer Q&A with The Home Decor Company


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Though navigating the economic downturn continues to challenge many stores, one of the fascinating subtexts has been the growth of new independent retailers, sometimes borne out...

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Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with...

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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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Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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Catch my free seminar on creating great web content – this Monday (4 February) at Spring Fair #SF


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After helping retailers “get content with their web content” at last year’s Autumn Fair International, I’m delighted to have been invited back to give the...

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“What began as a marketing exercise is now all consuming”: Retailer Q&A with Shower Enclosures UK


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If one theme has emerged clearly from my Retailer Q&A series to date, it’s that modern retail businesses can’t really afford to ignore the Internet: whether...

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“The biggest opportunities lie in mobile commerce”: Retailer Q&A with Nabru


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With Walmsley’s currently teetering on the high street, and chains like Habitat, Land of Leather and MFI having collapsed in the last few years, the...

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Bringing a “fashion skill set” to bathrooms: Retailer Q&A with QS Supplies


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Back in July, I discussed the fragmented and increasingly competitive bathrooms market, raising the question of “what independent bathroom retailers – whether offline, online, or...

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Critiquing the Achica experience as I try out the “members-only luxury lifestyle store”


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Since its launch less than three years ago, the private sales etailer Achica – badged as the “members-only luxury lifestyle store” – has been something of a quiet...

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Former Woolworths (now Evitavonni), Farnham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Steve Hack 2

Farnham, home to Britain’s poshest ex-Woolies (just don’t try to photograph it)


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While former Woolworths up and down the country now play host to Poundland and B&M Bargains – with just the occasional Waitrose – the Surrey town...

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As big-name retailers crowd the bathrooms market, how can the indies fight back?


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Though I get to work with plenty of bathroom retailers through my Home Interiors Directory website, it isn’t a sector of the retail industry I’ve really blogged...

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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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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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Outdoor zone, Clas Ohlson, Newcastle (23 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Inside Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson – a sneak preview ahead of tomorrow’s opening


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If the people of Newcastle were still unaware of Clas Ohlson this morning they shouldn’t be by the end of the day. Adding to the...

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Clas Ohlson poster on Metro (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Marketing push ahead of Clas Ohlson’s Newcastle opening


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Everything seems to be gearing up nicely for the opening of Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson store, just two weeks today on Wednesday 24 August. The Northumberland...

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TJ Hughes, Sunderland (7 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Habitat, HomeForm, TJ Hughes: why is it H-H-Hell on the high street?


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It’s hard to dispute that the last couple of weeks has been a torrid time for the UK high street, with a succession of well-known...

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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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Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

As Clas Ohlson pledges “long-term commitment” to UK, I check out the Leeds store


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Things have been pretty quiet on the Clas Ohlson front since the Swedish hardware retailer announced the latest stage of its UK expansion, back in...

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Lewis’s Grotto brings festive cheer to Liverpool


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With the collapse of Lewis’s and Robbs owner Vergo Retail being one of the year’s major stories at Soult’s Retail View, it seems fitting to mark...

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