Tagged: House of Fraser

Digital Argos store in Tottenham Court Road, London (12 Sep 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Ian Jindal Q&A: “Customers see mobile as the remote control for the brands they trust”


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Those of us who like attending retail and digital-related conferences certainly never have any shortage of potential events to attend. My own excursions are limited a touch...

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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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Former Woolworths (now Poundland and Mountain Warehouse), Cirencester (13 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Cirencester’s ex-Woolworths: a window on the rise of discounters


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I often talk about how the fate of ex-Woolworths stores provides a fascinating ‘window’ on the changing high street, and the ex-Woolies in Cirencester (store #394) –...

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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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Soon-to-open Superdry, Durham (16 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Superdry readies for 18 November opening in Durham


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Superdry – the SuperGroup-owned fashion chain of the moment – is gearing up to open its new store in Durham’s Silver Street at 9am this coming Friday...

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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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Newcastle's TJ Hughes (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Newcastle’s TJ Hughes is saved – but Middlesbrough’s is to close within days


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There was good news for Newcastle city centre earlier this week, with the announcement that the TJ Hughes store in Grainger Street had been sold,...

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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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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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Image from 'Scotland's Shops' book, courtesy of Historic Scotland 0

New book examines the architectural history of Scotland’s shops


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One of the nice things about running my own architecture subject gateway, Sapling.info, is that I get the opportunity to read about plenty of interesting buildings and places.  Earlier...

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Back of the WHSmith store in Redcar (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 17

I haven’t seen one of those in a while…


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Visiting Redcar today, I was amused to spot a little throwback to the past in the form of an old WHSmith fascia, featuring the once...

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John Lewis Bristol and the city’s changing retail landscape


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Perhaps it’s a reflection of my status as a retail nerd that one of the first things I usually do on Friday mornings is check...

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Vergo Retail – the saviour of unloved Co-op department stores?


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In the last couple of weeks, one interesting news story that has been easy to miss is the takeover of the East of England Co-op’s...

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