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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hull City Centre - Retail

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Old October 16th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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A new womens jewellery and accessories shop has opened in Princes Quay called Azendi. Also a card shop has opened called Paper Box(i think) in the former Art shop.
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William Hill is opening in the vacant unit near game station and a tacky christmas shop has opened on jameson street
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Old October 16th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #4
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But thats 4 empty units filled which surely is a good thing at the moment even if none of them are in the slightest bit exciting.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 02:05 PM   #5
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Having sampled the delights of working on a freelance contract in a design studio, I now know the downsides to it - when the company don't need you, you don't come in!

So, now looking for work more permanent - I noticed on the HDM jobsite that a store called; Model Zone are opening up a store somewhere in Hull City Centre.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #6
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Having sampled the delights of working on a freelance contract in a design studio, I now know the downsides to it - when the company don't need you, you don't come in!

So, now looking for work more permanent - I noticed on the HDM jobsite that a store called; Model Zone are opening up a store somewhere in Hull City Centre.
They dont have that many stores in the UK so its good that they are coming to Hull. I really hope they take up one of the empty units down Whitefriargate and continue its mini-resurgence after the filling of 2 other empty units.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #7
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A few weeks back Grainger Games opened on the South Side of Whitefriargate. I got Wii Fit for a bargain £55! Great to have another game shop after the success of Gamestation.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 09:27 PM   #8
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the old Burger King unit on King Edward Street is now a fireworks shop, not sure how long it will be there but it's great to see more and more units around the city centre being taken up.
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 08:43 PM   #9
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Battle for share of Christmas cake

Published Date: 09 October 2009
By Simon Bristow
BUSINESS leaders in Hull are rolling their sleeves up to fight off competition from regional cities in the battle for the Christmas pound.

As the retail sector looks longingly towards some festive cheer after one of the most difficult trading periods in living memory, the business community is preparing to do battle in what is expected to be one of the most competitive Christmas periodsADVERTISEMENT

in years.

Price wars, extended opening hours and concessionary parking deals are all expected to be thrown into the mix in the scramble for shoppers.

Hull's Business Improvement District, launched three years ago to boost trade in the city centre, has other weapons in its armoury and is planning to turn the area into an elf-themed wonderland.

It has enlisted the services of Hull-based marketing agency Fred for a five-figure sum as it strives to beat its main competitors Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Chief among the attractions heading to Hull is the Elf Express, a train that will carry shoppers around the city centre.

A Christmas village is also being created near the fountain in Queens Gardens, where there will also be a grotto.

A German market will set up stalls in Jameson Street and King Edward Street. It will be launched on November 19 – when Hull's Christmas lights are switched on – and stay until the end of December.

Ken Baldwin, manager of Hull BID, said: "It's going to be a bit of a war zone out there this Christmas with everyone fighting for their share of the cake, and we've got to make sure Hull gets its share.

"We need to do everything we can to get people shopping locally and encourage visitors to come and shop here."

The St Stephen's shopping centre in Ferensway is planning to open on New Year's Day for the first time this year in a further attempt to boost takings.

Centre manager Jim Harris said there was cause for optimism.

He said: "It's what the city offers as a whole. When you walk around you see we have a good mix of shops, great parking and a very clean and very safe city that offers a family experience.

"We maybe don't have some of the shops our colleagues further west have got, or the quaintness, but as a collective offer we have got plenty to shout about.

"I've been here nine weeks and everybody has been superb to me, and that's what you seem to get when people are new to the city.

"A lot of new people came for Freedom (music festival) or the Clipper (yacht race) and what a great event we did. I think Christmas shopping will be exactly the same."

Coun John Robinson, whose portfolio of image and culture includes responsibility for promoting the city as a destination for visitors and businesses, said: "The Christmas period is hugely important to the retail sector in Hull, as it is elsewhere.

"As a city we are in direct competition with places like York, Sheffield and Leeds and we can attract people by putting on a great range of shops, events and activities that make us stand out.

"It's not whingeing, but we have got to get out there and fight for our customers."

East Riding Council said it hoped the diversity and character of its market towns would prove attractive to Christmas shoppers.

A spokesman said: "The East Riding has several attractive market towns which offer a good range of shops, many of them well established independent outlets, and the council would hope that people will want to take full advantage of the excellent choices offered locally, and at the same time help the local East Riding economy at this challenging time for all."
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:21 PM   #10
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The BID team certainly look to be making the effort to add a little vibrancy to the city centre at the moment with the market on King Edward Street last Friday plus some street entertainers.

Still, i feel that once Millets closes down there will be a couple of big gaps on that side of King Edward Street together with the recently emptied Argos unit. No amount of market stalls or street entertainers can detract from that.
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Good spot today....

There was work going on in the old Woolworths! any idea what is happening? Doubt it'll be Model Zone, as the space is massive.

Also, the signage at JJB at Mount Pleasant has been taken down - probably being updated to DW?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 04:18 PM   #12
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Good spot today....

There was work going on in the old Woolworths! any idea what is happening? Doubt it'll be Model Zone, as the space is massive.
I've spotted that too. Definately something to keep an eye on. Would they do some internal works if someone wasnt about to move in.
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I've spotted that too. Definately something to keep an eye on. Would they do some internal works if someone wasnt about to move in.
i'm pretty certain Au Naturel are moving into the unit
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Old October 27th, 2009, 02:02 PM   #14
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The old Woolwich unit on Jameson Street has been let, maybe Model Zone are going there. Sadly just down the street qs is closing down.
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Sadly just down the street qs is closing down.
Hmm, for refurbishment, I love those posters
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Old October 28th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #16
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I spotted that today too. Yesterday i only saw 'closing down'.

Also theres a new womens fashion shop opening in Princes Quay where Bay Trading was and a temporary looking party shop has opened where Teddys used to be on Whitefriargate.
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A new womens jewellery and accessories shop has opened in Princes Quay called Azendi.
Actually its Azuri, not Azendi.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 08:27 PM   #18
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Saw the old Woolworths in Huddersfield as an Ethel Austin/Au Naturale, the sign was a more modern, lit at night one - hopefully we'll get something similar.

Apparently the old Woolworths in Brid is opening as a Wellworths.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 11:50 AM   #19
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Whitefriargate could be best in country
Thursday, November 05, 2009, 06:30

NEW planning policies aimed at breathing fresh life into one of Hull's most famous streets have been given the go-ahead.

The move comes amid continuing concerns over the future of Whitefriargate in the city centre.

Business has waned in what was once Hull's premier shopping street following the opening of new retail complexes such as Princes Quay and, more recently, St Stephen's.

Now city councillors hope new policies aimed at encouraging extra investment into the area will give Whitefriargate a new dimension.

They include:

Promoting speciality and independent retailers and food and drink operators.

Supporting residential and office use on the upper floors of buildings.

Welcoming potential development of boutique hotels, galleries and shop front studios along the street.

Reviving the nearby indoor Trinity Market.

Recovering the character of the street by improving existing shop fronts.

The new policies have been added to the city council's proposed City Centre Action Plan.

Councillor Rick Welton, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Whitefriargate has exceptional potential to become one of the more appealing small historic streets in the country.

"There have been concerns about the number of empty shops down there and hopefully these policies aim to address some of those problems."

The new policies have been backed by a special committee of councillors.

Subject to approval from the full council, they will be incorporated into a new development brief for the area setting out guidance for would-be investors.

Planning committee chairman Councillor John Fareham said recent discussions with Trinity House, which owns the southern side of the street, had been "very productive".

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So where does this leave M&S and all the other retailers down there. Are they really going to want to up sticks and move elsewhere.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #20
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Ethel Austin/Au Naturale signage now up. Its really good in these times how Prospect Street has improved in recently from what it used to be like 2/3 years ago.
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