Category: Outdoor Leisure

Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013) 1

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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Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Mountain Warehouse CEO outlines plans for relocated Carlisle store as sales soar across the chain


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The boss of Mountain Warehouse has told Soult’s Retail View that the chain plans to open a new, bigger store in Carlisle – despite its current store in Scotch...

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Millets, Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Coffee shop lined up as Hexham Millets confirms 21 September closing date?


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Hexham’s Millets store in Fore Street is to close on 21 September, after trading in the town for seven years. Though the Hexham Courant broke...

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Go Outdoors signage, Newcastle (25 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

“Stores are still an absolute”: Retailer Q&A with Outdoor World Direct


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If you ever needed proof that the present-day high street is about winners and losers rather than the general decline that the media would have...

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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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Former Woolworths, Falmouth (19 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

The new occupants of Cornwall’s ex-Woolies – plus one that’s still empty


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Having visited and photographed nearly 150 ex-Woolworths sites in the last three years (including 17 in the last week alone) – 50 of which are yet...

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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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Woolworths, Richmond, Yorkshire (12 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

What’s become of North Yorkshire’s former Woolies?


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As well as comprehensively exploring the North East, and making the occasional excursion into Cumbria or Scotland, I’ve also clocked a few of North Yorkshire’s former...

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Upcoming PC World and Currys store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle (25 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Newcastle city centre updates – Currys, Cotswold and Clinton’s


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Heading into Newcastle today for a much-needed haircut, I had my usual wander around to see what was happening,  retail property-wise. In Northumberland Street, the...

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Millets in Newcastle, prior to closure (6 Oct 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s Millets among the 89 stores to be closed


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Yesterday I commented on the fact that the Millets store at MetroCentre was having a closing down sale; today, I noticed that the branch in...

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A busy day for retail – M&S, Blacks, and giving GIVe a look


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Today’s retail news has arguably been dominated by Marks and Spencer revealing better than expected results, and Blacks Leisure (owner of Millets, as well as its...

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