Tagged: Woolworths

Former Woolworths (now Sainsbury's), Prince Edward Road, South Shields (21 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 14

The South Shields shop that’s been a Woolworths… and nearly every supermarket name too


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When I recently got hold of a copy of the 1972 Woolworths store list, I was surprised to see a reference to a North East...

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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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Family Bargains (former Woolworths), Bristol Galleries (22 Feb 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Poundworld and Discount UK to open dual-fascia store in Swindon


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Multi-price value retailer Discount UK is to open its 30th store, in Swindon, this week – under a dual fascia with its Yorkshire-based parent brand, Poundworld....

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Former Woolworths (now Boots), Linthorpe Village (16 Nov 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 3)


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In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I’ve talked about the two incarnations of Middlesbrough’s flagship Woolworths (store #8) – firstly at 91-93 Linthorpe...

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Poundstretcher and UGO, Nuneaton (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 8

How Poundstretcher can learn a thing or two from its acquired UGO stores


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After I first revealed that UGO, the fledgling supermarket chain, was set to be sold, there was understandably plenty of speculation about who the buyer was....

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Site of former Woolworths Music & Video store, Hillstreet, Middlesbrough (5 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 2)


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Last month I wrote about the former Woolworths store at 91-93 Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough (store #8, below), which opened there in 1911. As I...

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Former Woolworths site, Tottenham Court Road (10 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Locating the former Woolworths in Tottenham Court Road, forty years after its closure


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Regular readers may recall my London-related post from last April, when I finally confirmed the location of the long-closed former Woolworths at 8-13 High Holborn (store #173). Today,...

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Former Woolworths, Princes Street, Edinburgh (29 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Princes Street’s lost Woolworths flagship


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Earlier on I wrote about Edinburgh’s first Woolworths – in Leith – which opened in January 1925, but it was over a year later before...

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Former Woolworths (now British Heart Foundation), Leith (29 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

On the (tram) track of Edinburgh’s first Woolworths


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Last week I blogged about the former Woolworths sites in Hawick and Galashiels, making reference to the relative dearth of Woolies stores in the Scottish...

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Woolworths, Hawick, in 1931. Photograph courtesy of Ettrick Graphics 3

On the hunt for ex-Woolies – and thriving high streets – in the Scottish Borders


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With a visit to Edinburgh imminent – which will no doubt involve at least one or two Woolies-spotting detours – I figured it was time...

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1913 postcard showing Middlesbrough's Woolworths at 91-93 Linthorpe Road on the left. Image courtesy of Ali Brown 6

One town, five stores: tracking down Middlesbrough’s ex-Woolworths (part 1)


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After making my first visit to Middlesbrough’s most recent former Woolworths – the site of today’s Discount UK – back in September 2009, Soult’s Retail View...

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Notice by travelator, former Big W, Loughborough (15 Dec 2011). Photograph by Steve Hack 0

Lost in The Rushes: Loughborough’s little piece of Big W history


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Loughborough’s former Big W at The Rushes Shopping Centre may have reopened as a Tesco in February last year, but Soult’s Retail View reader Steve...

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Former Woolworths, North Shields (15 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

“I love carpets, me!” Frank’s the Flooring Store heads to North Shields’ ex-Woolworths


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Frank’s the Flooring Store has confirmed to Soult’s Retail View that it is in possession of North Shields’ former Woolworths site, and expects to open there in...

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New Look and Next (formerly Woolworths) (24 Nov 2011). Photograph by Steve Hack 0

Next and New Look open up in Perth’s former Woolworths premises


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The fashion retailers Next and New Look opened the doors to their new stores in Perth yesterday (24 November), on the site of the town’s...

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Poundland, Hexham (19 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Hexham Poundland opens; Ashington to follow


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Poundland opened the doors of its new Hexham store last Thursday (17 November) – and I understand that another Northumberland Poundland will be opening in Ashington...

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c1920s postcard of unidentified Woolworths 7

Can you identify this mysterious Woolworths from a century ago? [updated]


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[We have an answer already! See below] Old postcards can be a great source of Woolworths images, and I’ve regularly used them to illustrate my Woolies-related blogs –...

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Former Woolworths, Wallsend (22 Sep 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Heron Foods takes over Wallsend’s former Woolworths – 21 November opening planned


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After much speculation, family-owned frozen food specialist Heron Foods has revealed itself as the new occupant of Wallsend’s former Woolworths store. Following my visit two...

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Window display, Poundstretcher Wombwell (3 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 9

Wombwell Poundstretcher’s Andrex window display is not flushed with success


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A few days ago, I blogged about how Poundstretcher in Newcastle needs to sell itself better in order to capitalise on the extra footfall generated...

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Sainsbury's Local (formerly Woolworths), Hessle Road, Hull (11 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Hessle Road’s long-gone Woolworths and its successors


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While tearing around Barnsley and Hull visiting UGO supermarkets last month, I was pleased to be able to work in an unexpected ex-Woolworths. Not knowing Hull...

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Discount UK, Newcastle (29 Oct 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Newcastle’s Discount UK readies for 4 November opening


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Discount UK, the Poundworld-owned variety store retailer, is to open the doors of its new Newcastle store at 10am on Friday (4 November). As I reported a...

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