Storm in a Pound Shop: Former M&S Unit To Become Discount Store

New occupants for former Marks and Spencer store confirmed

Former Marks and Spencer store, Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Ashton-under-Lyne’s former Marks and Spencer store on Warrington Street, photographed earlier this year.

Unless you’ve been outside the solar system or cooped up in Chipping Norton for the last year, Ashton-under-Lyne’s branch of Marks and Spencer moved to an out-of-town unit on Ashton Moss this January. Though attracting much ire among Tameside MBC and shoppers, M&S outgrew their late 1960s unit which they deemed insufficient for their needs. Though it attracted good footfall, its small size stymied continued development of the store, including the addition of a coffee shop – de rigeur in most branches of M&S nowadays. Continue reading “Storm in a Pound Shop: Former M&S Unit To Become Discount Store”

Boldly Going Forward: The RedRocket Express’ Maiden Voyage

First day of service on the RedRocket Express

There was no Spock or Captain Kirk lookalikes at Sackville Street, but the RedRocket Express’ maiden voyage began today. The new express route from Manchester to Blackpool departed from Blackpool Coach Station at 0715, with the first journey from Manchester leaving at 0900. Continue reading “Boldly Going Forward: The RedRocket Express’ Maiden Voyage”