Tagged: Debenhams

Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Shrewsbury: the town where independents are keeping the high street buzzing


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Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years...

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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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Cathedral and Conduit Street, Lichfield (19 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Lichfield gets a boost as Debenhams takes over city’s ex-TJ Hughes


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The confirmation that Debenhams will be opening up in Lichfield’s former TJ Hughes store in March 2013 is great news for the city, and should give...

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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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Ex-TJ Hughes in Middlesbrough, prior to reoccupation by Metro Outlet (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Metro Outlet takes over Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes site, but ex-TJ’s elsewhere remain empty


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Middlesbrough had some retail good news on Saturday, as a new store opened its doors in the town’s former TJ Hughes premises – following on...

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Site of former Woolworths Music & Video store, Hillstreet, Middlesbrough (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 2)


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Last month I wrote about the former Woolworths store at 91-93 Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough (store #8, below), which opened there in 1911. As I...

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La Senza closing down in Newcastle (2 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

What does 2012 hold for Newcastle city centre?


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Since this is my first post of 2012, I must begin by wishing all Soult’s Retail View readers a very Happy New Year! Thank you...

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The store as BHS, Swindon (11 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Swindon’s former Woolworths store – past, present and an uncertain future


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If you saw my earlier post about the shiny new BHS in Swindon, you might be wondering what happened to the retailer during the 18-month period...

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Sheffield's existing John Lewis in Barker's Pool (18 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

As Stratford City opens, I check out John Lewis’s answers to the lack of other new schemes


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As the vast Westfield Stratford City opens its doors today, it’s little wonder that most of Twitter’s retail commentators seem to have decamped to east London. With...

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Stockton Town Centre Business Awards judges, including me on the left 1

There’s still time to enter Stockton Borough’s Town Centre Business Awards


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Since I blogged about my judging role as part of Stockton Council’s first ever Town Centre Business Awards, launched back in July, I’m pleased to...

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Postcard of Victoria Street, c.1908 6

Derby’s original Woolworths site – and a precedent for today’s retail churn


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Back in January I blogged about Burton upon Trent’s original Woolworths store, and promised to turn my attention in a future post to the nearby...

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3DReid's proposal for the remodelled Primark/ex-BHS building 8

Newcastle retail in good health as design of 114,000 sq ft Primark is revealed


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Interesting retail things always seem to happen on Tyneside while I’m on holiday! This time, I returned from Slovenia yesterday – hence the lack of...

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John Lewis Oxford Street, London. Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Putting today’s John Lewis sales drop in perspective


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Given how long it’s been since the weekly trading figures for John Lewis department stores last recorded a year-on-year fall in sales, it’s little wonder that...

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Former Woolworths (now Home Bargains), Merrion Centre, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Woolies spotting in Leeds


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As you would expect, I used the opportunity of being in Leeds last week to check out the city centre’s former Woolies sites. Leeds’ original Woolworths in...

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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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Frontage of original Woolworths store, Stockton-on-Tees (28 June 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Stockton’s original Woolies – and the current state of the town’s High Street


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Having missed Stockton-on-Tees’ original Woolworths when I first visited the town nearly a year ago, I’ve been keen to go back and capture a photograph of...

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Job ad for Wallis in Hexham 1

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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Shoe shopping. Image by Allie Hylton 2

Out of the ruins of Faith comes Hope


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It’s always good to hear of a retailer that is rising from the ashes, Wellworths-style, so I was pleased to read in The Appointment magazine...

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Newgate Street frontage, Debenhams Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Newcastle Debenhams scores on customer service


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Though I’d had a wander around several times before, today was the first occasion that I’d actually bought something from Newcastle’s recently opened Debenhams store....

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