Tagged: Sunderland

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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Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Resurgent Game reopens axed stores in Newcastle and Sunderland


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A year and a half after 21 North East stores closed following Game’s collapse into administration, two of those shops – in Grainger Street, Newcastle and...

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Utopia (ex-Peacocks), Sunderland (18 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Good news for Sunderland as fashion store Utopia takes over ex-Peacocks


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Sunderland’s ex-Peacocks unit in The Bridges is finally to be reoccupied, after more than 18 months of vacancy. The prominent Market Square store was one of...

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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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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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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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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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Wilkinson, Newcastle (28 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s revamped Wilkinson is better and brighter


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Since Wilkinson, the family-owned hardware and variety chain, quietly launched its new logo and store format over three years ago, the refreshed look seems to have...

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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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Postcard of unknown Woolworths shopfront, 2 April 1938 2

A Woolworths staff photo from 1938 – but can you identify the location?


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The last time I shared an old photograph of an unidentified Woolworths store, Soult’s Retail View readers were quick to identify it as the original Woolies...

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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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New BHS, Swindon (11 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Swindon’s BHS provides a taster of what Newcastle and Hartlepool can expect


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While visiting Swindon’s out-of-town John Lewis at Home, I also managed to spent some time exploring the town centre. The open-air Parade shopping centre has the distinction...

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Newcastle's TJ Hughes (8 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Newcastle’s TJ Hughes is saved – but Middlesbrough’s is to close within days


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There was good news for Newcastle city centre earlier this week, with the announcement that the TJ Hughes store in Grainger Street had been sold,...

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TJ Hughes, Sunderland (7 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Habitat, HomeForm, TJ Hughes: why is it H-H-Hell on the high street?


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It’s hard to dispute that the last couple of weeks has been a torrid time for the UK high street, with a succession of well-known...

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