Tagged: Lewis’s

Barker and Stonehouse store in Newcastle (18 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

North East stores invade London as Metro Outlet heads to Croydon’s ex-Allders


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In the same month that Middlesbrough-based furniture institution Barker and Stonehouse has opened its first London store, in Battersea, it’s been revealed that another firm with...

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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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Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

As Clas Ohlson pledges “long-term commitment” to UK, I check out the Leeds store


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Things have been pretty quiet on the Clas Ohlson front since the Swedish hardware retailer announced the latest stage of its UK expansion, back in...

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Lewis’s Grotto brings festive cheer to Liverpool


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With the collapse of Lewis’s and Robbs owner Vergo Retail being one of the year’s major stories at Soult’s Retail View, it seems fitting to mark...

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Closing down sale at Robbs in Hexham (30 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Beales pursues Robbs takeover, while The Range owner eyes other stores


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As the uncertainty over the future of the Vergo Retail store empire continues, potential suitors for some of the stores are starting to emerge. Here...

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Joplings in Sunderland. Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Robbs and Joplings owner Vergo Retail in administration


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Department and home store retailer Vergo Retail has gone into administration, placing a question mark over the future of the 19-store business – including the...

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Vergo Retail develops online presence


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Google ‘Vergo Retail’, and the likelihood is that you’ll currently find Soult’s Retail View among the top few search results. Indeed, since this blog launched...

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Retailers needs a web presence that informs and inspires


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I was quite chuffed, this morning, to have a short article on web usability published in The Journal. Much of what I wrote is, or...

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Vergo rebranding riddle continues


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Regular readers may recall my post from last month, where I queried how the former East of England Co-op department stores might be rebranded following their takeover...

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Esslemont & Macintosh – the one that got away


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When I wrote about Vergo Retail’s recent acquisitions a few days ago, it brought to mind the photographs that I took back in February this year...

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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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