Tagged: Sports Direct

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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Closed Moffees at Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014) 1

Nine months in, Gateshead’s Trinity Square hits footfall high and eyes 100% occupancy


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When Gateshead’s Trinity Square opened its doors in May last year, you could have been forgiven for being a little underwhelmed by the extent of...

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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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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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Postcard of Campbell Place, Stoke-upon-Trent, c1953, with Majestic Buildings on the right 6

Eighty-five years on: tracking down the ex-Woolworths in Stafford and Stoke


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An anniversary is always as good an excuse as any to write a Woolworths-related blog post, and if you were around 85 years ago today...

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Scheme signage at Trinity Square, Gateshead (17 May 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Tesco-anchored Trinity Square gets ready for its 23 May opening


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With just four days to go before the Tesco-anchored retail portion of Trinity Square opens (on Thursday 23 May), Gateshead shoppers are getting their first...

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Bewick Way, connecting Trinity Square with Jackson Street in Gateshead (21 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

Sports Direct heads tenant list for Gateshead’s Trinity Square


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One month ahead of its 23 May opening, the names of several more tenants for Gateshead’s £150m Trinity Square development have emerged. The most recent brochure for...

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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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JJB Sports, Cardiff (17 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Does JJB Sports have a future?


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Last week’s news that Dick’s Sporting Goods, the US sports chain, has written off the £20m investment it made in JJB Sports just four months...

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Former Woolworths (now Peacocks), Stowmarket (2 Aug 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

The discount retailers dominating Suffolk’s ex-Woolworths sites


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Alongside its new-look Clintons, the Suffolk town of Stowmarket seems to have come off fairly well from recent retail administrations. Earlier this year, its ex-Woolworths managed...

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Welcome to Lake Bled, Slovenia. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

From Newcastle to Slovenia, there’s no escaping Mike Ashley


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Coming from Tyneside, there’s little avoiding either Mike Ashley or his continually expanding Sports Direct chain. Newcastle city centre has two large Sports Direct stores –...

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New Next, Newcastle (10 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Next, BHS, Primark, Clas Ohlson – photo updates of Newcastle’s new retail developments


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I had a quick wander around Newcastle city centre today, where the new Next flagship store is gearing up for its opening at 11am this Thursday...

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Sports Direct, Stafford (30 Sep 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Familiar discount names in Staffordshire’s former Woolies stores


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The more former Woolworths stores I blog about, the more predictable it gets that I’ll be mentioning now-familiar discount names such as B&M Bargains, Home...

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The now-closed Alworths in Amersham (14 May 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Six former Woolies in and around London


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While staying in London a couple of weekends ago, Alworths in Amersham (above) wasn’t the only former Woolworths I managed to visit… Having arrived at...

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