Tagged: Asda

Original Woolworths (now A&S Discount Store), Byker (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Old Woolies fascia exposed as Byker Wetherspoon’s readies for October opening


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The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – The High Main – opens at 63 Shields Road on 22...

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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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...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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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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Tindale & Stanton logo 4

Breaking news: Bakery Products acquires North East supermarket supplier Tindale & Stanton


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A family-run bakery and supermarket supplier based in County Durham has been saved from closure. Bakery Products Limited has acquired the assets and goodwill of...

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Former Woolworths, Wallsend (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Heron Foods takes over Wallsend’s former Woolworths – 21 November opening planned


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After much speculation, family-owned frozen food specialist Heron Foods has revealed itself as the new occupant of Wallsend’s former Woolworths store. Following my visit two...

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Signage at UGO Lundwood (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

A new UGO tour: positive signs as I go supermarket spotting in Barnsley and Hull


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The emergence of UGO as Britain’s newest discount supermarket chain has been one of the most interesting retail launches of 2011 so far. Back in January,...

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Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Has Britain fallen out of love with Tesco?


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Today’s release of fairly weak UK trading figures from Tesco – where like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, fell by 0.5% in the first half...

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Point-of-sale promotion of the Asda Price Guarantee. Photograph by Graham Soult 15

Putting Asda’s Price Guarantee to the test – in an ex-Netto Asda Supermarket


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Judging from the number of hits – currently 900+, and rising – many of you enjoyed my recent illustrated post about Asda’s Old Fold Road...

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Asda Supermarket, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011), Photograph by Graham Soult 12

From Netto to Asda – checking out the Gateshead store’s transformation


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While some communities on Tyneside – among them North Shields and Wallsend – still have to wait a little longer for their Netto stores to be...

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St Clare's Hospice shop, Jarrow (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

A tale of three Tyneside ex-Woolies – Jarrow, North Shields and Wallsend


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While Store Twenty One is about to take over the unoccupied part of South Shields’ former Woolies, the ex-Woolworths in Jarrow – already part-occupied by Store...

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Recently opened Co-operative Food store in the Strand, London (6 Apr 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Co-op returns to Birtley with purchase of Netto store


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The Co-operative Group has announced today that it is to acquire the Netto store in Birtley, Gateshead – one of the six remaining sites that Asda...

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UGO store, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Work starts on converting Tyneside Netto stores to Asda Supermarkets


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Less than six months after the carve-up of the Netto estate was confirmed, the Danish supermarket fascia is well on its way to disappearing from the...

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Former Safeway, Byker (6 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

From no sprouts to no claims – an unusual use for an old Safeway


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It’s amazing how a throwaway remark can prompt an entire discussion on something unexpected… In my January post about the divvying up of Netto’s North...

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Retail London branding. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Choppy times ahead for retail, but passion and integrity will win out


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Greetings to you not from my usual North East, but from my hotel room in London, where I’m reflecting on an intense but inspiring afternoon at...

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Netto, Birtley (24 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Haldanes not ruling out purchase of “great” Netto Birtley store


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When Asda’s sale of 39 surplus Netto stores was announced a couple of weeks ago, I noted that Birtley – a small town close to...

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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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