Tagged: Robbs

Closed-down Peters Bakery - and Greggs - in Hexham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hexham store closures create space opportunities for new retailers


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While Hexham’s soon-to-close Millets looks to have a new tenant waiting in the wings, a couple of other closures since my previous visit in June provide...

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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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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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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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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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Former Woolworths, Horley (4 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Horley’s old Woolies – long closed, but hard to miss


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During the summer, I’ve built up a veritable stack of photos of old Woolworths stores, from all kinds of places across the UK – not...

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A sign of change (19 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Robbs transformation is un-Beale-ievable


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Less than three months after acquiring Robbs of Hexham, indie department store operator Beales has wasted no time at all in sprucing up the store...

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Wallis to open concession in Robbs of Hexham


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Delivering on its promise to bring quality concessions to its recently acquired Robbs of Hexham store, it seems that Beales has already signed up the Arcadia-owned...

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Robbs - under new management. Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Robbs is saved – so what happens now?


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With just over a week now passed since Beales’ takeover of Robbs of Hexham was confirmed, details of what the welcome change of ownership might mean for the historic 192-year-old store...

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Robbs' in 2009, before Beales' purchase. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Confirmed – Beales buys Robbs of Hexham


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Just announced this morning – independent department store operator Beales has acquired Robbs of Hexham from MCR, the administrator of Vergo Retail, for £250,000. Sarah...

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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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Beales “lodges formal notice of interest” in buying Robbs


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It seems like it’s not just me who thinks that Beales taking over Robbs would be a good idea, with today’s Hexham Courant reporting that...

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Robbs of Hexham. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Could Beales – or someone else – yet save Robbs?


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If you read the Hexham Courant, you’ll have seen the extensive coverage in Friday’s paper of Robbs’ impending closure, following the announcement, by the administrators...

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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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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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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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