Who remembers the joys of shopping in Ashton town centre during the 1980s?
Walking around the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne recently, I have often noticed how a Saturday in the Ashton of 2010 was a more sedate affair than the Ashton I knew of the 1980s. The greatest impact on this has been the shift of white goods retailers to the Snipe Retail Park, and of similar shops available in Ashton being attracted to the Crown Point North development in Denton. Another has been the dispersal of supermarkets to similar locations in borough. Most notably, this has included the opening of TESCO’s Stalybridge store (which has also have a grave effect on the nearby town centre itself), Morrisons’ first Tameside store in Dukinfield, and ASDA’s relocation from the northern to the southern side of Ashton in April 1989.
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