Tagged: Metrocentre

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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Hoardings outside Metrocentre Lego Store site (6 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Exclusive: Lego Store set for 29 November opening at Intu Metrocentre


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The new Lego Store at Gateshead’s Intu Metrocentre is to open on Friday 29 November, I understand. The imminent opening of the store seems to have prompted...

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Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication


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I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark...

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HMV, Solihull (22 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hilco has rescued HMV, but now the hard work really starts


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It’s been nearly three months coming, but now the news that everyone wanted to hear has been confirmed: the iconic entertainment retailer HMV, which collapsed...

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Former Woolworths (now BHS), Queen Street, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 14

Cardiff city centre’s lost Woolworths


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Paying my first visit to Cardiff in twenty years last week, I couldn’t resist tracking down the city centre’s former Woolworths locations – despite the...

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L'Occitane shop in Mestni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia (26 Jul 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

L’Occitane en Provence heads to Newcastle’s Eldon Square


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L’Occitane en Provence, the upmarket beauty products retailer, is to open a standalone shop in Newcastle’s Eldon Square next month. Details of the September store...

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Ex-TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough, prior to arrival of Metro Outlet (30 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Breaking news: TJ Hughes to return to Middlesbrough as Metro Outlet makes way


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TJ Hughes is to reopen its store in Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Square, it has been confirmed. The move comes almost exactly a year after the...

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Clintons fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Eldon Square among saved stores as American Greetings snaps up 397 Clintons sites


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Yesterday’s news that Lakeshore Lending Limited, a subsidiary of card manufacturer and supplier American Greetings, has bought the brands and assets of Clinton Cards – including...

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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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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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Primark site, Newcastle (5 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Newcastle’s extended Primark takes shape


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Whatever you might think about the rise of the fashion retailer Primark, there’s no disputing that it’s one of the big retail success stories right...

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Peacocks in Newcastle, which has now closed (22 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Edinburgh Woollen Mill saves Peacocks, but ten North East stores close


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Today’s announcement that Edinburgh Woollen Mill has bought fashion retailer Peacocks out of administration is very good news as far as the 6,000 saved jobs and 395 retained...

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Former Woolworths (now Boots), Linthorpe Village (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 3)


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In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I’ve talked about the two incarnations of Middlesbrough’s flagship Woolworths (store #8) – firstly at 91-93 Linthorpe...

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Point-of-sale promotion of the Asda Price Guarantee. Photograph by Graham Soult 15

Putting Asda’s Price Guarantee to the test – in an ex-Netto Asda Supermarket


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Judging from the number of hits – currently 900+, and rising – many of you enjoyed my recent illustrated post about Asda’s Old Fold Road...

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Rear of former Woolworths, MetroCentre (25 Mar 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Work on new Metrocentre Primark well underway


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I was at Metrocentre yesterday, and noted that work seems to be progressing well on Primark’s redevelopment of the former Woolworths unit. Though Primark’s relocation...

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Closing down sale at BHS Newcastle (14 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

End of an era as Newcastle’s BHS holds closing down sale


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Newcastle’s iconic Northumberland Street is set to see its most dramatic retail shake-up since the departure of C&A and Littlewoods more than a decade ago. The BHS store is...

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Primark fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

“Major value fashion anchor” for MetroCentre Woolies site


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MetroCentre’s empty Woolworths site is poised to get a new occupant, according to the mall’s majority owners, and is set to be trading by the middle...

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Poundland store, Gateshead (21 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Macs to Maxx – three busy days for Tyneside retail


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Returning home after a two-week holiday in Montenegro (more of which in due course), it seems like quite a lot has been happening within Tyneside’s retail scene...

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