Tagged: Beales

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“The high street needs to adapt and evolve”: Retailer Q&A with Havens department store


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The traditional, independent department store has been a fixture of the British high street for generations – yet look around, and you could be forgiven for...

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Co-op department store, Derby (10 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

As eight Midlands Co-op department stores face closure, what might the future hold?


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Midlands Co-op has become the latest co-operative society to exit non-food, with its announcement today that eight Fashion & Home department stores are to close within...

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Closed-down Peters Bakery - and Greggs - in Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hexham store closures create space opportunities for new retailers


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While Hexham’s soon-to-close Millets looks to have a new tenant waiting in the wings, a couple of other closures since my previous visit in June provide...

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Hoopers in happier times (14 Dec 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

The closure of Hoopers department store in Carlisle, and what might replace it


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The recent news that Hoopers in Carlisle is to close is clearly a disappointing development for the city, but it’s also very sad for anyone – like me...

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Poundland fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Poundland to take over Heron Foods site in Hexham


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One of the few empty shops in Hexham will soon be occupied again, with Poundland set to move into the former Heron Foods site in Priestpopple....

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Mountain Warehouse, Hexham (1 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

New Mountain Warehouse reaffirms Hexham’s status as a retail hotspot


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Visiting Hexham on New Year’s Day, I was interested to see that a new branch of Mountain Warehouse had sprung up since I was previously...

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Former Woolworths, Horley (4 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Horley’s old Woolies – long closed, but hard to miss


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During the summer, I’ve built up a veritable stack of photos of old Woolworths stores, from all kinds of places across the UK – not...

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A sign of change (19 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Robbs transformation is un-Beale-ievable


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Less than three months after acquiring Robbs of Hexham, indie department store operator Beales has wasted no time at all in sprucing up the store...

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Wallis to open concession in Robbs of Hexham


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Delivering on its promise to bring quality concessions to its recently acquired Robbs of Hexham store, it seems that Beales has already signed up the Arcadia-owned...

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Robbs - under new management. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Robbs is saved – so what happens now?


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With just over a week now passed since Beales’ takeover of Robbs of Hexham was confirmed, details of what the welcome change of ownership might mean for the historic 192-year-old store...

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Robbs' in 2009, before Beales' purchase. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Confirmed – Beales buys Robbs of Hexham


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Just announced this morning – independent department store operator Beales has acquired Robbs of Hexham from MCR, the administrator of Vergo Retail, for £250,000. Sarah...

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Closing down sale at Robbs in Hexham (30 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Beales pursues Robbs takeover, while The Range owner eyes other stores


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As the uncertainty over the future of the Vergo Retail store empire continues, potential suitors for some of the stores are starting to emerge. Here...

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Beales “lodges formal notice of interest” in buying Robbs


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It seems like it’s not just me who thinks that Beales taking over Robbs would be a good idea, with today’s Hexham Courant reporting that...

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Robbs of Hexham. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Could Beales – or someone else – yet save Robbs?


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If you read the Hexham Courant, you’ll have seen the extensive coverage in Friday’s paper of Robbs’ impending closure, following the announcement, by the administrators...

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A busy day for retail – M&S, Blacks, and giving GIVe a look


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Today’s retail news has arguably been dominated by Marks and Spencer revealing better than expected results, and Blacks Leisure (owner of Millets, as well as its...

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Retailers needs a web presence that informs and inspires


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I was quite chuffed, this morning, to have a short article on web usability published in The Journal. Much of what I wrote is, or...

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