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Vergo rebranding riddle continues


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Regular readers may recall my post from last month, where I queried how the former East of England Co-op department stores might be rebranded following their takeover...

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Wellington Square ‘win a shop’ competition looks to nurture new retail talent


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With Britain’s high streets having to work hard to survive – let alone thrive – in the current downturn, I was pleased to read about an initiative here...

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Merry Christmas!


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I was thrilled to read that Selfridges in London has now opened its Christmas shop, and that – should I be inclined – I can...

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Who or what is Clas Ohlson?


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With so many old Woolworths sites being taken over by familiar high street names and pound shops, it’s nice when the new arrival is something a...

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Déjà vu as Poundstretcher sells surplus Woolies-branded stock


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Wandering around the variety store Poundstretcher in Hexham yesterday, I was understandably surprised to spot lots of Woolworths-branded products on the shelves, including – among many...

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From charity shops to factory shops – the latest announcements on old Woolies sites


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It looks like the pace of Woolworths stores finding new occupants may be picking up, with more than twenty new announcements since I last blogged...

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Two pairs of Wellies?


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I was interested to read on This is Money a few days ago that Claire Robertson of Wellworths fame is apparently in talks with “unnamed venture...

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B & (no need to) Q


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I was interested to read Retail Week’s comment piece today on the introduction of self-serve checkouts to B&Q, and to note the author’s scepticism over...

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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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Esslemont & Macintosh – the one that got away


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When I wrote about Vergo Retail’s recent acquisitions a few days ago, it brought to mind the photographs that I took back in February this year...

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John Lewis Bristol and the city’s changing retail landscape


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Perhaps it’s a reflection of my status as a retail nerd that one of the first things I usually do on Friday mornings is check...

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Vergo Retail – the saviour of unloved Co-op department stores?


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In the last couple of weeks, one interesting news story that has been easy to miss is the takeover of the East of England Co-op’s...

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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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Getting the hang of things


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Well, installing WordPress was easy enough – thanks Matthew! I’ve just got to think of some interesting retail-related things to say now. Typically, I had...

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