Tag Archives: History

East Kilbride and the Forth Road Bridge

Yes, I was a geographer, and I am fully aware that the Forth Road Bridge does not go through East Kilbride!  Most recently of course the Forth Road Bridge has not been connecting anything or anywhere.  Without belittling the impact … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Woolies – continued

Just before Christmas I found myself in Brixton – as one does – and in wandering the streets passed by the H&M. As you might see from my photograph below, it is housed in a fine building. My immediate reaction … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Books, Buildings, High Streets, Historic Shops, Property, Public Realm, Retail History, Shopfronts, Streetscapes, Urban History, Woolworths | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Sense of Place

A few months ago I was approached to write a short piece for “Context – the magazine of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation” as part of a collected set of items on The Changing Face of Retail. A couple … Continue reading

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Woolies Five years On

They say time flies when you’re having fun; so it really should have dragged over the last few years through the deepest recession in living memory.  But it really doesn’t seem like five years (FIVE YEARS) this week since Woolworth … Continue reading

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Clarence Saunders and Keedoozle

A year or so I was invited to become part of an online community – Brick meets Click (BMC) – which discusses and comments on interesting things in the world of retailing and technology and looks at the future of … Continue reading

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New Worlds and Old Cities?

“There is a real danger that Edinburgh, with its obsession with heritage, is retreating into a psychology of isolation and will become an introspective museum-piece” So wrote Bill Jamieson in this weekend’s Scotland on Sunday (March 3rd 2013, p22), in … Continue reading

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It was 50 years ago today …

… that Sam Walton opened his first store in the chain that became Wal-Mart. On the 2nd July 1962, Wal-Mart store #1 opened in Rogers, Arkansas. This was not Sam Walton’s first foray into retailing – indeed he had been … Continue reading

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