Tagged: Darlington

Former Mecca club in Wallsend - soon to be a Wetherspoon pub (21 Jun 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Exploring bingo’s place on the high street – and the online challenges that parallel retail


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If you follow my blogs and tweets religiously, you’ll know that I spend a fair chunk of my time travelling up and down the country,...

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Vacant section of Darlington's ex-Woolworths at 18 Northgate (3 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Tracking down Darlington’s original Woolworths – 73 years after it relocated


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Never one to let a good Woolworths anniversary pass me by, today – 20 September 2013 – represents 73 years since Darlington’s Woolworths store relocated...

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HMV, Solihull (22 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hilco has rescued HMV, but now the hard work really starts


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It’s been nearly three months coming, but now the news that everyone wanted to hear has been confirmed: the iconic entertainment retailer HMV, which collapsed...

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New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012) 1

Heron Foods launches new website and plots further expansion


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Heron Foods, the Hull-based discount supermarket chain, has launched a new website as it takes its first steps into cyberspace. Described by Retail Week in...

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House of Fraser (Binns), Darlington (1 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Soult’s Retail Loo: Darlington House of Fraser spruces up its facilities


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It’s not one of my most well-read posts, but some of you may remember my blog from last March about the disappointing state of the toilet facilities...

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New Look and Next (formerly Woolworths) (24 Nov 2011). Photograph by Steve Hack 0

Next and New Look open up in Perth’s former Woolworths premises


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The fashion retailers Next and New Look opened the doors to their new stores in Perth yesterday (24 November), on the site of the town’s...

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Former Woolworths, Clayton Street, Newcastle (2 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Houghton has a le-Spring in its step – the changing fortunes of the North East’s ex-Woolies sites


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With a dwindling number of empty Woolworths stores remaining in the North East, it doesn’t take too long to check out whether anything’s happening on...

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...how it looked before (1 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

How to loos customers – and send your brand image down the pan


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Apologies for the Richard Whiteley-style headline and the rather gruesome photograph, but if Mary Portas was looking for another retail-related programme idea she could do worse...

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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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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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