Tagged: Middlesbrough

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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Holding page of Pep&Co website 1

Middlesbrough among the first locations for new value fashion chain Pep&Co


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Few consumers will have heard of it yet – for one thing, there’s no Twitter or Facebook presence that I can see – but new value...

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Site of future Charles Clinkard store in Shrewsbury (21 Dec 2013). Photograph by Sam Stockley 4

Charles Clinkard Q&A: “Maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key”


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Think of a great northern city, and the chances are that you’ll bring to mind one of the great northern retailers that’s based there. Bradford...

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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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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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HMV Newcastle (11 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

As HMV struggles, just how important is the pre-Christmas trading period for retailers?


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Eighteen months on from securing a £220m refinancing ‘lifeline’, HMV’s warning today that it is likely to breach its banking covenants in January and April has...

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TJ Hughes, Middlesbrough (12 Sep 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes confirms 3 October reopening date – with Birkenhead to follow


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TJ Hughes, the discount department store chain, has announced that its Middlesbrough store will reopen next week, at 10am on Wednesday 3 October. Under the heading...

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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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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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Former Peacocks, Middlesbrough (7 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Poundworld takes over Middlesbrough’s ex-Peacocks, as it opens its 30th store in 15 weeks


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Middlesbrough might have lost its Pure Party store in the fallout from Clinton Cards’ collapse, but as some retailers depart the town others are arriving...

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New Heron Foods website (18 May 2012) 1

Heron Foods launches new website and plots further expansion


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Heron Foods, the Hull-based discount supermarket chain, has launched a new website as it takes its first steps into cyberspace. Described by Retail Week in...

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Artist's impression of new Cramlington Poundworld store. Image courtesy of Poundworld 1

Poundworld to open second Cramlington store on 6 April


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Hot on the heels of its new Express store in Redcar, which launched last month, the discount variety chain Poundworld is set to open another new...

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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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Ex-TJ Hughes in Middlesbrough, prior to reoccupation by Metro Outlet (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

Metro Outlet takes over Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes site, but ex-TJ’s elsewhere remain empty


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Middlesbrough had some retail good news on Saturday, as a new store opened its doors in the town’s former TJ Hughes premises – following on...

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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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