Tagged: Bishop Auckland

Former Woolworths (now Boyes), Bishop Auckland (19 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Five years on from Woolies’ collapse, Boyes signs for the Coalville store


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It’s hard to believe that it’s five years ago today – on 26 November 2008 – that Woolworths collapsed into administration after trading in the...

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Ethel Austin, Blaydon (12 Apr 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Rescued for the fourth time, can Ethel Austin really have a future?


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When value clothing retailer Ethel Austin fell into administration for the fourth time in as many years three weeks ago, it’s fair to say that its chances of...

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Game in Sunderland's High Street West - now closed (13 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Twenty-one North East stores close immediately as Game collapses


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Twenty-one Game and Gamestation shops in the North East are among the 277 stores that have closed immediately following Game Group’s collapse into administration this...

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Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Hexham Poundland opens; Ashington to follow


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Poundland opened the doors of its new Hexham store last Thursday (17 November) – and I understand that another Northumberland Poundland will be opening in Ashington...

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Former Woolworths (now Boots), Crook (6 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Crook’s long-lost Woolies


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Imagine a small town whose Woolworths opened in the 1930s, closed in the 1970s, and is now occupied by Boots. A town where, even all those...

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Boyes fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Bishop Auckland Boyes to open doors on 19 November


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Boyes, the Scarborough-based variety retailer, has revealed that its latest store – in Bishop Auckland’s old Woolies premises – will open for business on Friday 19...

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Boyes, Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Boyes takes over Bishop Auckland’s old Woolies – could more follow?


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When I blogged about the remaining vacant Woolies stores in the North East a few days ago, I’d failed to spot that yet another is...

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Gregory's bakers in Bishop Auckland (6 Feb 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Bishop Auckland bustles, despite its empty Woolies


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The recent focus upon all that’s been happening in Newcastle means that I haven’t had as much time as I would like to explore some other...

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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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