Tagged: B&M Bargains

Back wall in Pep&Co, Kettering (25 Jun 2015). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Pep&Co first look: checking out the store and its offer as the Kettering branch opens its doors


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Last month I wrote about the impending arrival of new value fashion and homewares chain Pep&Co – and its first store, in Kettering, has now...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Argyle Street, Glasgow (20 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies'” success?


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As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in...

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Former Woolworths, Newton Aycliffe, with improved public realm (5 Jan 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Five years after closure, Newton Aycliffe Woolworths may soon be occupied


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If you’ve managed to miss me hogging the airwaves this morning – on BBC Radio 5 Live (which you can listen to here), Wales, Scotland,...

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B&M jobs site (18 Oct 2013) 5

B&M recruits for Gateshead Team Valley store ahead of 16 November opening


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The thriving discount retailer B&M is recruiting staff for its new Gateshead store, which is scheduled to open at Team Valley Retail World on Saturday...

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Former Woolworths and Poundsworth, Girvan (21 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

I’ve now visited and tracked a quarter of the ex-Woolies estate – but what have they all become?


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Headlines: 214 ex-Woolworths stores visited, out of the 807 that closed following its collapse Of those, only 12 currently empty (6%) 7 continually empty (3%)...

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Promotion for Crawley store on Wilkinson website (15 Aug 2012) 0

New-concept Wilko opens in Crawley’s ex-TJ Hughes store


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Wilkinson’s “newest and most exciting concept store” has opened at 14-26 The Broadway in Crawley this morning (15 August). Designed to “offer the community a...

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Former Woolworths (now The Original Factory Shop), Chepstow (24 Mar 2011). Photograph by Alistair Leaver 2

More of your ex-Woolies pics – and one that’s still very much alive


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Back in February I featured a batch of readers’ ex-Woolies pics, showcasing the former stores in Warrington (now Poundland), Batley (JBM Bargains) and Beverley (Boots)....

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The iconic Tyne Bridge. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Ambitious Tyne Bridge mall plans to be unveiled


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The retail hearts of Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be connected by a new £200m shopping mall, running the length of the iconic Tyne...

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Former Woolworths, Rhyl (27 Feb 2011). Photograph by Dave Roberts 1

The Wo- of Woolies makes a brief comeback in Rhyl


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While Llandudno mulls the loss of its Alworths, the former Woolworths in nearby Rhyl is trying to make an unexpected comeback. As captured by Dave Roberts,...

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B&M Bargains (former Woolworths), Chester-le-Street (24 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

B&M Bargains heads to Burton – but where next?


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Many thanks to Lee Dymond and Martin, who both emailed me about the news of B&M Bargains opening in the former Woolworths store in Burton,...

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Sports Direct, Stafford (30 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Familiar discount names in Staffordshire’s former Woolies stores


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The more former Woolworths stores I blog about, the more predictable it gets that I’ll be mentioning now-familiar discount names such as B&M Bargains, Home...

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Filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street (22 Nov 2010) 10

Why does Stockton have so many empty shops? BBC1 tonight at 7.30 might have some answers…


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Those of you in the North East and Cumbria (or anywhere else with access to Freesat), may be interested in watching BBC1 at 7.30 pm tonight (Monday...

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Former Woolworths (now B&M Bargains), Penrith (19 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Cumbria’s 100% hit rate of new Woolies tenants


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In between touring the East Midlands, travelling up to Berwick, and stopping off in Horley on my way out the country, I also found time this...

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Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

One bus ticket – 11 former Midlands Woolies


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Regular readers of Soult’s Retail View will know that I have something of a penchant for visiting lots of old Woolworths stores in a short...

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High Street, Inverness with former Woolworths store (1 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Poundland to Poundstretcher – a brace of Scottish former Woolies


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One of the hazards of visiting so many places – and taking so many photos of shops – is that I end up with far...

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Former Woolworths, Caernarfon (July 2010). Photograph by Sally Daffarn 4

A postcard from Caernarfon’s closed down Woolies


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I’m not quite sure if it should be a cause for celebration or urgent self-reflection when my friends start emailing over photographs of old Woolworths...

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Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), Stanley (12 April 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 14

From Stanley to Spennymoor – another gallery of North East former Woolies stores


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Only counting the (33) North East Woolworths stores that closed down following the company’s 2008 administration, my quest to photograph the full set is nearing...

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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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