Tagged: Tamworth

HMV, South Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Four North East stores to go in first wave of HMV closures


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As you may well have seen last week, four North East locations are among the 66 loss-making HMV stores that will close within the next couple...

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Wood's Gifts at Tamworth Co-op (21 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

New Jacques Vert concession launched as Tamworth Co-op’s department store looks to the future


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Tamworth shoppers now have access to a raft of Jacques Vert Group womenswear brands, following the opening of a new upmarket outlet concession in the...

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Cathedral and Conduit Street, Lichfield (19 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Lichfield gets a boost as Debenhams takes over city’s ex-TJ Hughes


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The confirmation that Debenhams will be opening up in Lichfield’s former TJ Hughes store in March 2013 is great news for the city, and should give...

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Isabel Macdonald outside her new store 6

Interview: Isabel Macdonald, Branch Manager, John Lewis at Home Tamworth


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Tamworth’s new John Lewis at Home opened its doors on Wednesday (12 October), eight months after I broke the news of its impending arrival. The 42,000 sq ft...

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Sheffield's existing John Lewis in Barker's Pool (18 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

As Stratford City opens, I check out John Lewis’s answers to the lack of other new schemes


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As the vast Westfield Stratford City opens its doors today, it’s little wonder that most of Twitter’s retail commentators seem to have decamped to east London. With...

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Asda Supermarket, Gateshead (8 Aug 2011), Photograph by Graham Soult 12

From Netto to Asda – checking out the Gateshead store’s transformation


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While some communities on Tyneside – among them North Shields and Wallsend – still have to wait a little longer for their Netto stores to be...

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John Lewis Tamworth (17 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

John Lewis Tamworth takes shape


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Following the confirmation, in April, that John Lewis will indeed be opening one of its ‘At Home’ stores in Tamworth, work on site seems to be...

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UGO store, Hartlepool (4 May 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Work starts on converting Tyneside Netto stores to Asda Supermarkets


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Less than six months after the carve-up of the Netto estate was confirmed, the Danish supermarket fascia is well on its way to disappearing from the...

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John Lewis logo. Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Is John Lewis coming to Tamworth?


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No, don’t choke on your cornflakes… that’s a serious question. My interest was piqued last month when the Tamworth Herald ran a story under the...

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Morrisons to acquire Tamworth’s Netto store


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The Netto store in my old hometown of Tamworth is one of 16 sites that Morrisons is set to acquire following Asda’s purchase of the Netto UK...

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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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Former Woolworths (now Home Bargains), Berwick-upon-Tweed (24 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 12

And Berwick-upon-Tweed makes 33…


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Ever since I paid a visit to the old out-of-town Woolies in Stockton back in July, Berwick-upon-Tweed (store #232) has been the only one of the 33 North East...

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Former Woolworths, Coalville (24 Aug 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 13

One bus ticket – 11 former Midlands Woolies


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Regular readers of Soult’s Retail View will know that I have something of a penchant for visiting lots of old Woolworths stores in a short...

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Mall plan showing Peacocks (screenshot from 4 Aug 2010) 4

Peacocks flies into Tamworth’s Ankerside centre


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I was interested to find out a few days ago that the fashion retailer Peacocks will soon be opening a store in my old home town of Tamworth,...

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Main entrance of The Range, Stockton-on-Tees (31 Jul 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

The Range fills the gap left by Stockton’s Big W


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Yesterday I finally paid a visit – by car – to the former Big W on Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees, having twice failed to find...

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Tamworth Market (24 Dec 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 17

Tamworth Market: the worst street market in Britain?


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Edit, 2 March 2015: This post is getting an awful lot of hits today! Be aware, however – as the date on it makes clear...

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Shot from 1998 'Woolies Winter Wonderland' TV ad 15

Woolies Winter Wonderland…


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…That was the theme of Woolworths’ 1998 Christmas TV advertisement, in the heady, Tellytubby days when, as the ad reminds us, everyone wanted a Talking Po....

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