Tagged: Newcastle

Former Mecca club in Wallsend - soon to be a Wetherspoon pub (21 Jun 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Exploring bingo’s place on the high street – and the online challenges that parallel retail


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If you follow my blogs and tweets religiously, you’ll know that I spend a fair chunk of my time travelling up and down the country,...

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Screenshot of Home Decor Company website (2 Dec 2013) 0

Promoting the fair trade cause: Retailer Q&A with The Home Decor Company


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Though navigating the economic downturn continues to challenge many stores, one of the fascinating subtexts has been the growth of new independent retailers, sometimes borne out...

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Fenwick Christmas window in preparation last year (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short


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Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013....

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Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Adidas and Toys R Us move quickly to fill Intu Eldon Square voids


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In recent months, the St Andrew’s Way section of Newcastle’s Eldon Square has seen its first tenant departures since opening in February 2010, with the...

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Original Woolworths (now A&S Discount Store), Byker (28 Aug 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Old Woolies fascia exposed as Byker Wetherspoon’s readies for October opening


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The Newcastle suburb of Byker will gain a welcome addition when its new Wetherspoon pub – The High Main – opens at 63 Shields Road on 22...

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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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New Tesco Extra, Sunderland (6 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

North East leads the space change as Tesco adds gyms to Extra stores


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Tesco Extra branches in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland are to see surplus space converted into gyms, as the retail giant looks to ‘repurpose’ excess square footage within...

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Jack Wills, Exeter (9 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Jack Wills “agrees terms” on Newcastle Monument Mall store


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I understand that self-styled “university outfitter” Jack Wills has agreed terms on the prominent corner unit at Hammerson’s Monument Mall, bringing the brand to Newcastle...

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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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Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson's Swedish website (12 Mar 2013) 2

Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with...

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New Maplin, Grainger Street, Newcastle (3 Mar 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

16 March opening for Newcastle’s “25% bigger” Maplin store


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Electronics specialist Maplin has confirmed that its relocated Newcastle branch will open on Saturday 16 March. The retailer is leaving its current site at 43 Pilgrim Street and...

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New TK Maxx, Northumberland Street, Newcastle (10 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Newcastle’s new TK Maxx gets ready for 28 February opening


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Getting on for a year since the redevelopment of Monument Mall began, the first reconfigured store within the Hammerson-owned scheme is finally preparing to open...

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Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013) 1

Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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Existing Mountain Warehouse store in Scotch Street, Carlisle (13 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Mountain Warehouse CEO outlines plans for relocated Carlisle store as sales soar across the chain


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The boss of Mountain Warehouse has told Soult’s Retail View that the chain plans to open a new, bigger store in Carlisle – despite its current store in Scotch...

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Walmsley's, Newcastle (3 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

North East stores at risk as high street furnisher Walmsley’s collapses again


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Stores in Newcastle, Sunderland, Blyth and Stockton are among 24 shops that are at risk following the collapse of Walmsley’s, the high street furniture specialist,...

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