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Inside the new Psyche fashion store in Durham (12 Apr 2018). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

What’s been happening in the North East’s retail centres? Here’s your round-up of April’s important developments

From designer fashion store Psyche opening in Durham to the city’s M&S closing, April saw plenty of interesting developments in North East bricks-and-mortar retail. Read the latest updates here, as a sample of what you can find in the May issue of my monthly Soult’s Retail Report.

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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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Former Woolworths (now Boyes), Bishop Auckland (19 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Five years on from Woolies’ collapse, Boyes signs for the Coalville store


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It’s hard to believe that it’s five years ago today – on 26 November 2008 – that Woolworths collapsed into administration after trading in the...

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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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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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Family Bargains (former Woolworths), Bristol Galleries (22 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Poundworld and Discount UK to open dual-fascia store in Swindon


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Multi-price value retailer Discount UK is to open its 30th store, in Swindon, this week – under a dual fascia with its Yorkshire-based parent brand, Poundworld....

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Closing-down poster at Newgate Street Co-op, Newcastle (2 Dec 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Newcastle’s Co-op food hall to ‘cease trading’ on 31 December


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Newcastle city centre’s Co-op supermarket is to close down this month, bringing to an end nearly a century-and-a-half of Co-operative presence in Newgate Street. Posters in the windows...

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Poundland fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Poundland to take over Heron Foods site in Hexham


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One of the few empty shops in Hexham will soon be occupied again, with Poundland set to move into the former Heron Foods site in Priestpopple....

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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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Former Woolworths, South Shields (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Store Twenty One adds another North East Woolies site to its portfolio


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The Indian-owned value fashion retailer, Store Twenty One, is to add a fourth North East ex-Woolies site to its estate, taking over the empty portion...

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Trinity Leeds hoarding, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Leeds’ “retail soulmate” starts to take shape


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During my recent visit to Leeds city centre, one of the most visible retail developments was the ongoing construction work for Trinity Leeds, with cranes towering...

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Mountain Warehouse, Hexham (1 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

New Mountain Warehouse reaffirms Hexham’s status as a retail hotspot


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Visiting Hexham on New Year’s Day, I was interested to see that a new branch of Mountain Warehouse had sprung up since I was previously...

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Former Woolworths (now Poundworld), West Ealing (24 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

West Ealing’s surprising former Woolies building


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While visiting London last month, I also found time to pay a visit to the interesting shopping area of West Ealing – home, as you...

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Filming with the BBC's Chris Jackson in Stockton High Street (22 Nov 2010) 11

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 12

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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Original Factory Shop fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

The Original Factory Shop in Morpeth – a shift towards more upmarket locations?


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The rapidly expanding mini-department store retailer, The Original Factory Shop, opened its seventh North East store, in Morpeth, last week. It adds to the retailer’s...

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