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August 30th, 2011, 10:49 AM
Second Wine Boutique shop due to open in Northumberland
by Iain Laing, The Journal, August 30th 2011
BROTHERS Michael and Gareth Bateman have just opened their second wine shop and are preparing to franchise the business they began in Northumberland last year.
Michael, a former manager of the luxury Samling hotel in the Lake District, and his brother have found a keen following for their Wine Boutique shop in Alnwick.
And now they are opening up their second branch, among the food stores and delicatessens at Heighley Gate Garden Centre in Morpeth.
“We were really pleased by how popular the shop in Alnwick has been. It has been phenomenal. So we thought we would open another so people can choose some good wine when they buy their local produce,” said Michael.
And he is in talks with a franchise firm to roll out the brand further afield so more people can discover its distinctive offering.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2011/08/30/second-wine-boutique-shop-due-to-open-in-northumberland-51140-29323568/
August 31st, 2011, 10:27 AM
Big stores move into Alnwick development
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, August 31st 2011
A NEW development by Sunderland-based Gentoo has opened in Alnwick with national outlets Wilkinson and Store Twenty One taking up residence.
“The development brings modern units that modern retailers require which they cannot get in Alnwick's historic core. By complementing the town's retail offer we improve the attractiveness of Alnwick overall, important for the town’s retail catchment population which we estimate to be some 28,000 people,” says Mr Birkett of Gentoo.
He added: “There is a lot of interest though. Some retailers are waiting to see how the scheme trades. We are confident that the opening for the first two outlets will be a great success and other retailers will join Wilkinson and Store Twenty One.”
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/commercial-property-north-east/news/2011/08/31/big-stores-move-into-alnwick-development-51140-29330013/
September 21st, 2011, 10:49 AM
Changes in store at Barker and Stonehouse
by Karen McLauchlan, Evening Gazette, September 20th 2011
MIDDLESBROUGH-BASED furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has announced plans for a new multi-million pound store in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
The firm has received the go-ahead for plans to relocate from its current site on the St James Retail Park to a new £3m, 35,000sq ft store located at the entrance to the same retail park, formerly home to an Audi dealership.
Managing director James Barker said: “‘Investing so much time and effort in the new store is a display of our commitment to Knaresborough and our customers. We are always striving to improve and invest in the latest innovations – the new Knaresborough store is an example of this.”
Work on site is due to start later this year with an expected completion date of summer 2012.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/commercial-property-north-east/news/2011/09/20/changes-in-store-at-barker-and-stonehouse-51140-29451073/
October 7th, 2011, 05:32 PM
Sainsbury's and Booths to open superstores
in Penrith, within a week of each other
By Matthew Legg, Business editor, News & Star, Wednesday 5th October 2011
Penrith is set for an £80 million retail boom which could turn it into a Cumbrian mecca for shoppers.
Supermarket giants Sainsbury’s and Booths are gearing up to open new stores in the town next month, creating 480 new jobs.
The Sainsbury’s store will form part of the New Squares development designed to transform the Penrith economy.
The investment was intended to reverse a trend which had seen increasing numbers of Penrith shoppers deserting the town for Carlisle and Kendal – but some community leaders say they are delighted to see Penrith get city-style amenities without spoiling the pleasant Eden Valley environment that makes it so attractive to tourists.
The new Sainsbury’s store will open on November 9 and will form part of the £77m New Squares scheme.
The project is well ahead of schedule, having previously been expected to open in February next year. New Squares itself has been dogged with controversy, having stalled in October 2008 when a bank withdrew funding. Sainsbury’s then offered to restart the project, in exchange for being allowed to build a bigger store, but the district council rejected the offer.
The development was saved in 2010 when Sainsbury’s exercised its legal right to complete the original scheme, which incorporates the supermarket, car park, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, plus 199 houses and flats.
Penrith’s new Booths supermarket will open on November 15.
Read More - http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/sainsbury-s-and-booths-to-open-superstores-in-cumbrian-town-within-week-of-each-other-1.884541?referrerPath=news
November 9th, 2011, 10:12 AM
Redcar ASDA Store opens after revamp
by Karen McLauchlan, Evening Gazette, November 8th 2011
A NEW ASDA Supermarket in Redcar has opened its doors following a £500,000 conversion from a Netto store.
Jane Reast and Stephen Proudman, director and chairman of Redcar and Cleveland Real Opportunity Centre, were invited to open the store on Roseberry Road by manager Chris Willett. They were presented with a £50 gift card to thank them for officially cutting the ribbon.
ROC’s Independent Living Resource Hub, based on Coatham Road, offers a range of support and advice to people living with disabilities in the Redcar community.
The new Asda will join 13 Netto conversions that have already opened in the Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough areas, with a further store opening in Northallerton on Tuesday 14 November – a total of £7 million investment in the area and the creation of 190 jobs between them.
The store is part of the retail giant’s plan to have 250 Asda Supermarkets open by 2015.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/commercial-property-north-east/news/2011/11/08/redcar-asda-store-opens-ater-revamp-51140-29736070/
November 19th, 2011, 10:52 AM
Shock as jobs are axed at Hardy and Greys
by Rachel Wearmouth, The Journal, November 19th 2011
Twenty-seven jobs are to go at Hardy and Greys
ONE OF the best-known names in the Northumberland business and retail world is to lose more than a quarter of its staff as it faces up to the biggest losses in its 139-year history.
Hardy and Greys, which employs around 100 people and is regarded as the Rolls Royce of the fishing tackle industry, is proposing to cut 27 jobs from its headquarters in Alnwick.
Managing director Richard Sanderson has stepped down in the wake of the company’s poor performance, which saw it suffer losses of nearly £500,000 last year with forecasts of record losses by the end of 2011.
Previous managing director and non-executive director Richard Maudslay, viewed as a pioneer of new products, has returned in the interim.
The company, one of Alnwick’s largest employers, has hit choppy waters over the last two years and is forecasting its final accounts for 2011 will reveal its largest loss to date.
Hardy and Greys said redundancies will impact the Alnwick operation and not other UK subsidiaries, which includes a distribution centre in Cramlington, or its German bases.
The firm has won plaudits for its range of rods and reels and is best-known for its heritage fishing rod brand, Hardy.
Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2011/11/19/shock-as-jobs-are-axed-at-hardy-and-greys-61634-29804370/#ixzz1e8wrwUcA
January 30th, 2012, 10:25 AM
Terrace Hill supermarket deal to create 250 jobs
By Karen Dent, January 30th 2012
PROPERTY developer Terrace Hill has signed up to build a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in County Durham, which will create around 250 jobs.
Work on the 50,000 sq ft store with 322 parking spaces will start in Sedgefield later this year and is due to be open at Easter 2013.
In the last three years, Terrace Hill has built three large foodstores including one in Bishop Auckland. It currently has a “substantial pipeline” of further development sites.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2012/01/30/supermarket-deal-to-create-250-jobs-51140-30226799/
March 28th, 2012, 12:20 AM
Collinsons in Consett closes after seven decades
by Neil McKay, Evening Chronicle, March 27th 2012
Collinsons shop in 1951 and (insert) Mr Taylor Collinson
FROM DEMOB SUITS to Sunday best, time was when everyone would visit one of the North East’s most “iconic” clothes shops, but at the weekend, an era comes to an end when it closes after almost seven decades.
Collinsons in Consett, opened in 1943 and moved to its current premises in Victoria Road in 1954, but Taylor Collinson, whose parents Tom and Edna started the business, is retiring at 78.
Mr Collinson said: “I am sad to close but it was becoming inevitable. Times have changed and so have dress habits over the years.”
He has run the store with wife Evelyn since his parents died, and added: “We have seen a number of changes over the years. People don’t dress as formally as they once did.
Read More - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/03/27/collinsons-in-consett-closes-after-seven-decades-72703-30634208/#ixzz1qMGsa6BG
May 10th, 2012, 09:50 AM
Simply Dutch furniture store shuts
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, May 10th 2012
AFTER more than 20 years of trading in North Yorkshire, Simply Dutch is closing its doors. The Leeming Bar store, which sells unusual furniture, homewares and antiques, has run into difficult times because of the recession.
Owner Jason Hadlow, from Yarm, has taken the decision to shut the business, which has been operating at a loss for some time. Around 10 jobs will be lost. He said, "I’ve had to make the really tough decision to shut Simply Dutch. Obviously, I’m devastated as it has a strong history, employs 10 people and has been a big success. We’ve traded not just all over the UK but around the world as well, however, consumer confidence has all but disappeared. People are struggling to buy food, let alone fancy furniture."
“We’ve gone from making £50,000 a week in 2007 to just £5,000 a week in recent months.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2012/05/10/simply-dutch-furniture-store-shuts-51140-30935688/
May 16th, 2012, 05:47 PM
Work to start on new Aldi store in Newton Aycliffe
by Iain Laing, The Journal, May 16th 2012
WORK is due set to start on the new Aldi supermarket in Newton Aycliffe later this month. The new store is to be built at Greenwell Road and is the latest phase in Freshwater’s plans to regenerate the Aycliffe Shopping Centre.
Construction of the store will take approximately eight months. The development incorporates additional parking for 74 cars and will open up a new entrance route to the Aycliffe Shopping Centre.
Local MP Phil Wilson has been very supportive of the proposed development. He said: “This is good news for Newton Aycliffe. We’ve waited a long time for this day but I’ve always been confident it would come and I’m looking forward to further improvements. The creation of 15 new jobs on the town is more than welcome.”
Centre manager Bryan Haldane said: “Local shoppers and retailers are really looking forward to the new store opening and expect that Aldi will provide much-needed competition for the existing Tesco in the town centre”. Andrew Thomson at Freshwater said “The £1.5m development marks another milestone in the regeneration of the town centre following the recent opening of a Wilkinsons store and the relocation of the library.”
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/commercial-property-north-east/news/2012/05/16/work-to-start-on-new-aldi-store-in-newton-aycliffe-51140-30977337/
May 28th, 2012, 12:57 AM
'Portas pilots' town centres named
Press Association, 26th May 2012
Twelve town centres have been named as the first "Portas pilots", entitling them to funding and expert advice as they seek to regenerate high streets. They will each receive a share of £1.2 million and get tailored support to help them implement rejuvenation plans. The announcement follows retail queen Mary Portas' review of the high street. Some 370 applications for support were made.
The winning bids announced are:
Croydon, Greater London
Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
Stockport, Greater Manchester
Stockton on Tees, Teesside
Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
Local Government Minister Grant Shapps said there would be a second batch of 12 pilots announced by the end of July.
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June 18th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Carlisle Jaeger store closes doors after 25 years
By Emily Parsons, News & Star, Monday 11th June 2012
It was a time for celebration not remorse, as Carlisle said goodbye to its Jaeger store. The Jaeger shop in Carlisle city centre closed its doors for the last time at the weekend. The company has had a shop in the city for 25 years, but announced in January that poor sales meant it was forced to close the branch.
The news was met with horror and sadness from residents, and was followed by the news that Benetton, Hoopers and jewellers Goldsmiths were all vacating Carlisle. Despite the fears for the future of the city centre, Jaeger manager Lorraine Robins said the final day’s trading on Saturday had a celebratory air to it.
Mrs Robins, who has worked at the Greenmarket store for 21-and-a-half years, provided drinks and nibbles for the customers. She said: “I put on a bit of a party to say thank you very much to the customers. Our customers have been very upset, partly because the store is closing but more because we have built up a rapport and become friends as well.”
Read More - http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/business/carlisle-jaeger-store-closes-doors-after-25-years-1.963891?referrerPath=news/business
July 26th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Berwick buzzing as Mary Portas funding announced
by Brian Daniel, The Journal, July 26th 2012
The High Street in Berwick
A BORDER TOWN has outlined plans for a better future after being named as one of only 15 communities nationwide to receive Government regeneration funding. Berwick in Northumberland beat off competition from 370 towns all over Britain to be named one of the recipients of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s funding administered by retail queen Mary Portas.
England’s most northerly town will receive £100,000 to spend on the regeneration of its High Street, having been successful in the second round of the scheme. It had bid in the first but failed, unlike fellow county coastal town Newbiggin-by-the- Sea which was one of only 12 initial recipients.
The revised line-up featured representatives from Berwick Town Council and town businesses, and was headed up by Ed Swales, the regimental secretary at the community’s Barracks. Together, they produced a video called Beautiful Berwick, which set out how they would use the money. The team found out this week that it had been successful, with its money to be administered by Northumberland County Council.
It is to use half the money for physical enhancements to the Marygate Markets which run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The other half will be spent on employing artists to spruce up the high street’s empty shop fronts.
Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/07/26/berwick-buzzing-as-mary-portas-funding-announced-61634-31475500/#ixzz21iY6WKJ0
September 15th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Double funding boost for retailers
by David Black, The Journal, September 15th 2012
REGENERATION schemes aimed at breathing new life into ailing high streets in two Northumberland towns are set to be given a major funding boost. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Berwick are among 27 towns chosen as the first guinea pigs in a nationwide campaign inspired by retail guru Mary Portas. Four months ago it was revealed that Newbiggin was one of the first 12 areas of the country selected to be Portas Pilots – with the aim of turning local regeneration ideas into reality. Two months later Berwick was among 15 towns chosen in the second round of pilots.
Newbiggin has already secured Government funding of £94,000 – and a contribution of £15,000 from the local town council – to help provide a boost for its flagging shopping centre. Berwick has been awarded £100,000 in Government funding to pay for improvements to the town centre Marygate area, where twice-weekly markets are held, and spruce up the high street’s empty shop fronts.
Now both towns are set to have their Portas finances doubled, with match funding of £100,000 from Northumberland County Council aimed at ensuring the pilots are a success. The new money is coming from a separate Government funding programme, handled by the county council, which provides assistance to deprived coastal communities.
Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/09/15/double-funding-boost-for-retailers-61634-31840096/#ixzz26WrphOQP
December 21st, 2012, 11:46 AM
Barker and Stonehouse announce North Yorks expansion
by Graeme Whitfield, The Journal, December 21st 2012
FURNITURE retailers Barker and Stonehouse have announced further expansion with the launch of a new store which has been funded by Barclays. Barker and Stonehouse, established in 1946 and headquartered at Cannon Park, Middlesbrough, will open the doors to its new purpose-built store on Boxing Day at St James Retail Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
Managing director James Barker said: “Barclays has been a traditional banking partner for the business for more than 40 years and has provided Barker and Stonehouse with a modern and innovative approach enabling us to build this fantastic new store.
Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2012/12/21/barker-and-stonehouse-announce-further-expansion-51140-32472167/
January 23rd, 2013, 12:40 AM
Hello, first time caller... hopefully this is the right thread.
Planning application for a Starbucks drive-through in Consett. Proposed site is next to Sopranos italian restaurant.
April 27th, 2013, 05:15 PM
New project in development opposite the 'new' Morrisons. Apparently it's B&Q.
April 27th, 2013, 09:04 PM
New project in development opposite the 'new' Morrisons. Apparently it's B&Q.
Is the Morrisons and B&Q you mention, in Consett?
May 5th, 2013, 01:34 AM
Sorry, it is Consett.
There is another (smaller) building under construction on the Morrisons car park plot, not sure who that is. Will post a pic or two later.