Tagged: WHSmith

Fenwick Christmas window in preparation last year (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short


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Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013....

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Clintons, St Helens (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

The missing wow factor behind Clintons’ collapse


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As one of the biggest recent retail administrations – in terms of both the jobs (8,000) and stores (767) that are at risk – it’s...

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Winners of last year's Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards 0

Retail’s “dynamic female talent” sought as award nominations are launched


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Having recently judged some retail awards myself – albeit in Stockton, rather than on the national stage – I was interested to receive details of...

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Former Woolworths (now WHSmith), Pinner, 1 May 2011. Photograph by Bryan Roberts 2

Upmarket Pinner trades ex-Woolies pound shop for WHSmith – but not everyone’s happy


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Many thanks to Bryan Roberts from Kantar Retail iQ, who let me know via Twitter that the old Woolworths in Pinner, north west London, has recently...

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Woolworths, Richmond, Yorkshire (12 Mar 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

What’s become of North Yorkshire’s former Woolies?


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As well as comprehensively exploring the North East, and making the occasional excursion into Cumbria or Scotland, I’ve also clocked a few of North Yorkshire’s former...

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Entrance to Green Market, Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult 12

Confirmed: Newcastle’s Green Market to close in January


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Since I broke the story, in January, official confirmation of the closure of Newcastle’s Green Market at High Friars has been rather slow in coming. Even back...

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Alworths fascia. Photograph by Graham Soult 5

Alworths plans Cupar and Forfar openings, as Graham pays a visit to Amersham


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It seems that the ‘son of Woolworths’ chain Alworths has two new stores in the offing. Fife Today is reporting that Alworths will be opening up...

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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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Some observations from visiting MetroCentre today


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I popped over to MetroCentre this afternoon, and spotted a few things that seemed worthy of blogging about. Millets: Following on from my post last...

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Back of the WHSmith store in Redcar (17 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 17

I haven’t seen one of those in a while…


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Visiting Redcar today, I was amused to spot a little throwback to the past in the form of an old WHSmith fascia, featuring the once...

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Wellington Square ‘win a shop’ competition looks to nurture new retail talent


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With Britain’s high streets having to work hard to survive – let alone thrive – in the current downturn, I was pleased to read about an initiative here...

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Who or what is Clas Ohlson?


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With so many old Woolworths sites being taken over by familiar high street names and pound shops, it’s nice when the new arrival is something a...

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From charity shops to factory shops – the latest announcements on old Woolies sites


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It looks like the pace of Woolworths stores finding new occupants may be picking up, with more than twenty new announcements since I last blogged...

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Former Woolworths store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

More old Woolies sites to be taken over


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Since my previous post three days ago, there have been several more announcements regarding former Woolworths sites that have found new occupants: Sandbach: WHSmith – full story...

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Former Woolworths stores – status update


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There have been a few more announcements of new occupants for old Woolworths stores over the last couple of weeks: Alnwick: M&Co – full story...

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