139-153 Grainger Street, Newcastle (22 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Three-storey retail tenant “secured” to replace Newcastle’s Green Market


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As someone with an appetite for retail news stories, I like to occasionally visit Newcastle City Council’s planning applications website. Often, planning applications are where interesting...

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Site for sixth Alworths store announced…


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…and it’s going to be in Cosham, a northern suburb of Portsmouth, Hampshire. Due to open in February, this will be the first new Alworths...

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Former Woolworths (now M&Co), Alnwick (23 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Taking a look around Alnwick


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I’m ashamed to say that in more than a decade of living in the North East, I’d never – until yesterday – paid a proper...

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Debenhams, Eldon Square South. Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Newcastle gets Hollister, Tesco Express, new Next


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A few interesting titbits of Newcastle retail news ahead of the opening of Eldon Square South – St Andrew’s Way – on 16 February. Anchored...

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Former Woolworths (now The Co-operative Food), Gosforth (16 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Gosforth Woolies: before and after


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I happened to be in Gosforth yesterday evening (paying a visit to the very good Loch Fyne restaurant), so used my mobile to capture a shot...

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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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The fight to be Woolworths’ heir


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Just a quick post this evening, but I wanted to flag up a well-written and interesting article by Kiran Stacey in yesterday’s Financial Times, entitled “The...

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Empty Oil & Vinegar store in Eldon Square (6 Jan 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Goodbye to Oil & Vinegar in Newcastle’s Eldon Square


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After work, I trudged through the snow to the delightful Eldon Square Waitrose this evening, though not before giving the store a call to check that...

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Is this an old Woolies? (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 29

Is this shop in Shields Road, Byker an old Woolies?


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location, from 1927 until 1954) Here’s a...

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Woolworths in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough on its opening day of 3 September 1958. Photograph courtesy of Evening Gazette 11

Unpacking Middlesbrough’s Woolies history


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I’m always delighted when people comment on my blog posts, and a recent contribution from Gareth Hill has proved particularly interesting in shedding light on the history...

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Shot from 1998 'Woolies Winter Wonderland' TV ad 15

Woolies Winter Wonderland…


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…That was the theme of Woolworths’ 1998 Christmas TV advertisement, in the heady, Tellytubby days when, as the ad reminds us, everyone wanted a Talking Po....

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Monument Mall. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s Monument Mall transported through cyberspace to Staffordshire


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It’s always fun to find links between my current home of Tyneside and my previous one of Staffordshire – Tamworth playing Gateshead in the Blue...

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Clas Ohlson heads northwards… though not quite far enough north yet


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Happy New Year to you! You may recall that back in August last year (referring to 2009 as ‘last year’ is bound to take some...

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An early Christmas present for me, and a Happy Christmas to you


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Given that I’ve only been blogging since July, I was surprised and a little humbled to see that the global media intelligence company Cision has...

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One day – ten former Woolies – one tired blogger


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Back in September, you might recall me trumpeting the fact that I’d visited six old Woolworths in a day. Today, however, I must confess to visiting...

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My own photo of the former Select shop, back in December 2

A shabby view?


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Visiting Whitley Bay in North Tyneside today, it was apparent that while there ARE indeed a lot of empty shops – as blogged about previously...

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Northumberland Street, Newcastle (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Vælkomin til Newcastle!


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Delighted to see from BBC News that Tyneside’s retail offer is sufficiently exciting to attract a festive shopping visit from 1,000 Faroe Islands residents! Surely...

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HobbyCraft shines, Borders stumbles


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Mixed fortunes in the news today for two specialist retailers that both have a presence at Team Valley Retail World in Gateshead – HobbyCraft and Borders. Privately-owned HobbyCraft,...

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Former Woolworths, Clayton Street, Newcastle (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 3 – North East)


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After Parts 1 and 2 of my former Woolworths photo gallery, it’s time to finish up – at least for the moment – with some more shots...

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After the loss of M&S and T&G, Whitley Bay gains B&M


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Barely a day or two after writing about Whitley Bay Woolworths still being empty, I now read that it’s going to become a B&M Bargains store...

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