Tagged: Byker

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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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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Sainsbury's Local (formerly Woolworths), Hessle Road, Hull (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hessle Road’s long-gone Woolworths and its successors


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While tearing around Barnsley and Hull visiting UGO supermarkets last month, I was pleased to be able to work in an unexpected ex-Woolworths. Not knowing Hull...

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Former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), South Shields (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

As South Shields’ Woolies is filled, there’s good news for Byker and Wallsend too


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Store Twenty One has opened its doors in South Shields today, meaning that the whole of the former Woolworths unit at 100-108 King Street (store...

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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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Original former Woolworths (now Store Twenty One), Redcar (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Redcar’s original ex-Woolies – and a new real shop among the virtual ones


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One of my main motivations for visiting Redcar yesterday was to get a photo of the town’s original former Woolworths at 19 High Street, above,...

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Byker Woolworths staff members (From The New Bond, August 1949) 0

Remembering Byker Woolies’ Mr Corson and his Staff


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I’ve mentioned Woolies’ old ‘house journal’, The New Bond, almost as often as I’ve written about the history of Byker’s Woolworths stores, so I was...

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The building in question. Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Mystery of Shields Road ‘Woolies’ building solved


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Since I first blogged about it just over a year ago under the heading ‘Is this shop in Shields Road, Byker an old Woolies?’, the history...

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Shuttered Ethel Austin store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Eth-alworth Austin


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As variety chain Alworths celebrates its first birthday today, the opening of stores in Newark and Maidenhead has now been confirmed for later this month –...

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Is this an old Woolies? (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Piecing together the history of Shields Road’s old Woolies


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location, from 1927 until 1954) Since I...

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Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail


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Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene...

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Former Linthorpe Road Woolworths, Middlesbrough. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Logging the North East’s long-closed former Woolies


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Last week’s blog post about the long-closed former Woolworths in Benwell seems to have opened the floodgates to lots of comments and insights about other nearly-forgotten...

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Former Woolworths in Benwell (28 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 34

Finding old Woolworths stores in unlikely places, courtesy of The New Bond


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One of the things I most love about researching retail history is the way that interesting stories can emerge from the tiniest leads. As a...

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An old Woolies? Maybe, maybe not. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location.) Back in January I posted a...

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Ethel Austin store, Byker. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Lost in (Ethel) Austin?


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Reports that value fashion retailer Ethel Austin and its sister homewares business, Au Naturale, are poised to enter administration – less than two years after both chains...

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Is this an old Woolies? (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 29

Is this shop in Shields Road, Byker an old Woolies?


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location, from 1927 until 1954) Here’s a...

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Former Woolworths, Clayton Street, Newcastle (27 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Photo gallery: more former Woolies around the UK (part 3 – North East)


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After Parts 1 and 2 of my former Woolworths photo gallery, it’s time to finish up – at least for the moment – with some more shots...

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