Tagged: Team Valley

Tesco Gateshead mailout (13 Apr 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Oops! Tesco’s Gateshead mailout sends customers to Poundland


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Ahead of the Gateshead superstore’s closure on 22 April, Tesco has mailed details of its temporary store to local customers – but they may have...

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Best Buy, Rotherham (3 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Carphone confirms closure of its 11 UK Best Buy stores – so what went wrong?


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Carphone Warehouse has this morning confirmed that it will close its 11 big-box Best Buy stores across the UK, subject to employee representative consultation, putting 1,100...

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Former Safeway, Byker (6 Jun 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

From no sprouts to no claims – an unusual use for an old Safeway


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It’s amazing how a throwaway remark can prompt an entire discussion on something unexpected… In my January post about the divvying up of Netto’s North...

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Netto, Birtley (24 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Haldanes not ruling out purchase of “great” Netto Birtley store


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When Asda’s sale of 39 surplus Netto stores was announced a couple of weeks ago, I noted that Birtley – a small town close to...

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An old Woolies? Maybe, maybe not. Photograph by Graham Soult 7

The ongoing mystery of Byker’s (possible) former Woolies


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(UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, it’s been confirmed that the A&S Discount building was indeed Byker’s original Woolworths location.) Back in January I posted a...

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HobbyCraft shines, Borders stumbles


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Mixed fortunes in the news today for two specialist retailers that both have a presence at Team Valley Retail World in Gateshead – HobbyCraft and Borders. Privately-owned HobbyCraft,...

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Déjà vu as Poundstretcher sells surplus Woolies-branded stock


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Wandering around the variety store Poundstretcher in Hexham yesterday, I was understandably surprised to spot lots of Woolworths-branded products on the shelves, including – among many...

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B & (no need to) Q


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I was interested to read Retail Week’s comment piece today on the introduction of self-serve checkouts to B&Q, and to note the author’s scepticism over...

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