Category: Supermarkets

Artist's impression of Hartlepool UGO store 10

Haldanes pledges that UGO will be “the icing on the Netto cake”


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Following my recent post about Asda’s divestment of 39 surplus Netto stores, I had the pleasure of being invited to my first press conference last Friday,...

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Netto store in Gateshead. Photograph by Graham Soult 72

Asda’s sale of surplus Netto stores: who gets what in the North East


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As I blogged earlier, Asda’s acquisition of Netto’s UK business moved a step closer yesterday, with the news that it has reached agreement to sell...

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Morrisons to acquire Tamworth’s Netto store


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The Netto store in my old hometown of Tamworth is one of 16 sites that Morrisons is set to acquire following Asda’s purchase of the Netto UK...

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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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Alworths fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Alworths lined up for non-Woolies site in Alloa?


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Just a week after its first two Scottish stores opened in Forfar and Cupar, the variety store chain Alworths is now “recruiting for enthusiastic, customer focussed...

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Waitrose Hopwood Park (14 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 2

Waitrose Hopwood Park now open!


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Weekly updates on the status of Waitrose at Hopwood Park Services on the M42 have become something of a habit lately, thanks to the regular...

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Former Woolworths (now Primark), Sunderland (21 Nov 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Sunderland’s old Woolies – a survivor almost to the end


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In an earlier post, I talked about some of the large, city centre Woolworths stores – such as the branches on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street and Sheffield’s...

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A week ago... (7 Feb 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 1

Well, that hasn’t taken Waitrose very long at all!


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I’ve just received the photo above from Mark Leaver, taken on his phone last night at Welcome Break’s Hopwood Park Services on the M42. It...

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Tesco Express, Eldon Garden (30 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Updates on Newcastle city centre’s new Tescos


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Heavy overnight snow provided a good excuse to take a walk into Newcastle today, rather than trying to drive anywhere further afield. It was also...

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Three weeks ago (24 Jan 2010). Photograph by Mark Leaver 2

Building work underway at Hopwood Park Waitrose


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Many thanks to Mark Leaver for sending me an MMS with this photo of work underway on the new Waitrose store at Hopwood Park Services on...

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Waitrose products. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Celebrate while you Wait


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A few days ago, in talking about the closure of the adjacent Oil & Vinegar store, I referred to the Eldon Square Waitrose shop as...

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M&S’s gain is Morrisons’ loss


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The news that the current boss of Morrisons, Marc Bolland, is to become the new Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer brings to an end...

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Good shop, bad shop – a lunchtime jaunt in Newcastle city centre


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An occasional feature in the print version of Retail Week is ‘Good shop, bad shop’, where a retail commentator writes about two contrasting stores that...

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Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 1)


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Though I can’t claim to make a habit of visiting six old Woolies stores in the same day (including Houghton-le-Spring, above), I have managed to build up...

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Former Woolworths store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

More old Woolies sites to be taken over


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Since my previous post three days ago, there have been several more announcements regarding former Woolworths sites that have found new occupants: Sandbach: WHSmith – full story...

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Former Woolworths stores – status update


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There have been a few more announcements of new occupants for old Woolworths stores over the last couple of weeks: Alnwick: M&Co – full story...

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Does anyone else photograph Tescos?


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Until I do write my first proper blog post, let’s at least cheer things up on the home page with some gratuitous Tesco shots. As...

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