Category: Supermarkets

Tesco Express, Whitley Bay (11 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Tesco store closure list revealed: three North East shops to go


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Tesco has today revealed the list of 43 stores that it intends to close – with three North East branches among their number. Eighteen of...

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New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

North East leads the space change as Tesco adds gyms to Extra stores


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Tesco Extra branches in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland are to see surplus space converted into gyms, as the retail giant looks to ‘repurpose’ excess square footage within...

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Home & Living aisle, Tesco Extra, Gateshead (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

Exclusive pictures: a first look inside the new Tesco Extra at Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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It might not open for another three days (at 8am on Thursday 23 May), but last Friday I was delighted to be the first blogger...

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Nipper logo at HMV in Coventry (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Nipper on the brink: is there a future for HMV, and do we care?


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If reports tonight are to be believed, it looks like the 92-year-old entertainment retailer HMV could collapse into administration tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January), putting around 235 stores and...

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Peters Bakery logo 1

Mixed news for North East high streets as 22 Peters Bakery shops are saved, but 34 close


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Scarborough-based Cooplands snapped up 22 stores from Peters Bakery yesterday, following its Durham-based rival’s collapse into administration back in June. The deal announced by the...

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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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New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012) 1

Heron Foods launches new website and plots further expansion


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Heron Foods, the Hull-based discount supermarket chain, has launched a new website as it takes its first steps into cyberspace. Described by Retail Week in...

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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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Tesco Gateshead mailout (13 Apr 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Oops! Tesco’s Gateshead mailout sends customers to Poundland


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Ahead of the Gateshead superstore’s closure on 22 April, Tesco has mailed details of its temporary store to local customers – but they may have...

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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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Sign at Poundstretcher in Ashington (21 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Poundstretcher reveals new visual identity as it reopens ex-UGO stores


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Poundstretcher, the discount variety store chain, has reopened the UGO stores that it acquired last month – and has seemingly unveiled a new logo at...

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...and now as a Co-op (28 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Birtley’s ex-Netto Co-operative Food – shiny, but still a Co-op


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Travelling back from Chester-le-Street yesterday, I was finally able to visit – and do a shop in – The Co-operative Food store in Birtley, which opened...

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Former Woolworths (now Sainsbury's), Prince Edward Road, South Shields (21 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

The South Shields shop that’s been a Woolworths… and nearly every supermarket name too


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When I recently got hold of a copy of the 1972 Woolworths store list, I was surprised to see a reference to a North East...

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Poundstretcher and UGO, Nuneaton (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

How Poundstretcher can learn a thing or two from its acquired UGO stores


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After I first revealed that UGO, the fledgling supermarket chain, was set to be sold, there was understandably plenty of speculation about who the buyer was....

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UGO store, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Breaking news: Well-known chain set to snap up UGO stores and staff


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The 20-strong chain of UGO supermarkets is to be snapped up by “a well-known and established brand name”, I understand. Subject to legals being completed...

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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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