Today, I started my morning at a pub in Durham – visiting The Waiting Room as part of my Indie Durham City work – and ended it in a wine shop in Newcastle! Cavavin is apparently a well-known fascia and buying group in France, but it is still relatively new to the UK. There are currently five franchisee-run UK stores, including this one in Newcastle…
Of course empty shops are a challenge – but what we read in the press doesn’t always bear scrutiny
When places like Hull are portrayed as having the “highest number of empty shops”, we first need to scrutinise the data behind those claims.
Iceland’s new convenience format makes a Swift impact
Iceland chose Newcastle for the unveiling of its first Swift convenience store, and we headed over for a look on the opening day.
High streets without toilets could loos business
Shops across England breathed a sigh of relief on Monday as “non-essential” retailers were permitted to reopen – but loos being shut is a concern for many.
Should Sunday trading laws in England be relaxed?
Many retail and place-related people on Twitter are often on the same page, but Sunday trading laws in England are a topic that really polarises opinion.
Talking about the Oasis and Warehouse collapse on LBC with Nick Ferrari
It was good to chat to Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning about Oasis and Warehouse, the fashion retail group that collapsed into administration yesterday.