Tagged: Hartlepool

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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Tesco Express, Whitley Bay (11 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Tesco store closure list revealed: three North East shops to go


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Tesco has today revealed the list of 43 stores that it intends to close – with three North East branches among their number. Eighteen of...

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Bedtrader homepage (6 Jun 2013) 0

“The power of digital is the biggest opportunity”: Retailer Q&A with Hartlepool-based Bedtrader


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Though my consumer directory business, CannySites.com, showcases home, garden and holiday retailers from across the UK, I’m always particularly pleased when I get to work with successful...

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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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Poundstretcher and UGO, Nuneaton (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

How Poundstretcher can learn a thing or two from its acquired UGO stores


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After I first revealed that UGO, the fledgling supermarket chain, was set to be sold, there was understandably plenty of speculation about who the buyer was....

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UGO store, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Breaking news: Well-known chain set to snap up UGO stores and staff


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The 20-strong chain of UGO supermarkets is to be snapped up by “a well-known and established brand name”, I understand. Subject to legals being completed...

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Signage at UGO Lundwood (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

A new UGO tour: positive signs as I go supermarket spotting in Barnsley and Hull


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The emergence of UGO as Britain’s newest discount supermarket chain has been one of the most interesting retail launches of 2011 so far. Back in January,...

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New BHS, Swindon (11 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Swindon’s BHS provides a taster of what Newcastle and Hartlepool can expect


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While visiting Swindon’s out-of-town John Lewis at Home, I also managed to spent some time exploring the town centre. The open-air Parade shopping centre has the distinction...

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Queen's Parade frontage of former Woolworths, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

24,000 sq ft BHS to fill Hartlepool’s ex-Woolies site


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As I briefly noted last week, Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths store isn’t the only one on Teesside to have recently found a new occupant. At the end...

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Strongman Geoff Capes at the launch of Biddulph's UGO in February 22

Will UGO back? Checking out Britain’s newest supermarket chain


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Since first meeting them at the UGO launch press conference back in January, it’s been a pleasure to develop a really good relationship with the...

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Netto store in Gateshead. Photograph by Graham Soult 72

Asda’s sale of surplus Netto stores: who gets what in the North East


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As I blogged earlier, Asda’s acquisition of Netto’s UK business moved a step closer yesterday, with the news that it has reached agreement to sell...

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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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Victory Square, Hartlepool (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Hartlepool and Middlesbrough’s still-vacant Woolies sites


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While visiting Billingham yesterday, I also managed to fit in stops in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. In Hartlepool, there is no sign of the large empty...

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Former Woolworths, Redcar (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 15

How many former Woolworths can Graham visit in one day?


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How about SIX? Stop one is High Street in Redcar, where the former Woolworths store has recently become a branch of the Yorkshire Trading Company....

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