Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: checkout queues
Bargain Buys’ first day of trading in Ashton-under-Lyne, 06 December 2013.
  • Fashion discounter rises from the dead;
  • Stalybridge hardware shop closure;
  • Raja Brothers takes over March Hare;
  • Three new eateries for Ashton Moss.

So, how many shopping days to Christmas, now? If you’re already stuck for choice in terms of eating venues, Tameside is about to get a few more additions. Besides the KFC in Hyde, which is likely to open in the New Year, there is news of three more arrivals in Ashton Moss. In the last month, there has been a surprise return of an old name.

Back from the dead

In the last week, we have seen the return of an old name to the streets of Ashton. Taking over the former Internaçionale unit in Ladysmith Shopping Centre is Ethel Austin. Previously, the original company had had seen five liquidations with the last one being in early 2013. A month ago, the company who owned Internaçionale went into administration.

Today’s Ethel Austin unit has the last version of the signage, with a red background and the serif typeface. Ashton’s previous branch, next to the town’s Jobcentre Plus office is now occupied by Fulton’s freezer centre. At present, the store looks akin to its previous tenants and is only accepting cash only purchases.

Stalybridge comings and goings

We’ll be sad to see the loss of Everytrade on 43 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge. In spite of local support, it didn’t get the footfall it wanted, in spite of its proximity to the ALDI car park and Armentieres Square.

On a happier note, the Post Office on Trinity Street was given the accolade of ‘Best Agency Branch’. The title, promoted by Network Sales Awards saw the popular Post Office beating 11,800 other branches for the first quarter of 2014-15.

The Old Fleece on Market Street has reopened, under new management. Whether they will offer B&B like previous tenants is another story.

Off-sales update

The new convenience store in the former Irish Club has begun trading. Family Shopper (not Local Shopper as erroneously stated in last month’s entry) is in a prime position for the town’s public transport users. In 2016, it’ll be handily placed for Tameside College’s new Camp Street building.

Lovlee’s Convenience Store at the top of Penny Meadow, is in the midst of internal refurbishment. Whether they’ll scrap their Skol/Long Life sign (a reminder of the two former Ind Coope/Allied Lyons brands) remains to be seen.

Over in Crowhill, the fate of The March Hare public house has been sealed. Raja Brothers is set to take over the building as an off licence. The early-1960s Robinsons house was a loveable timewarp, so much so it attracted the attention of CAMRA’s National Inventory of Pub Interiors (along with the Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool). Had it been in South Manchester or Greater London, The March Hare might have had a different fate and remained a public house. Instead, and probably due to its spacious forecourt, another fine pub lost forever.

For bottled ale devotees, Browton’s Bottle Shop is a ‘must visit’ shop on 8, Fletcher Street in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne. Simon’s shop offers a wide range of British, European and American bottled beers from Stalybridge’s very own Tickety Brew to Belgium’s Orval trappist ale. The redesigned Marble Brewery bottles has attracted the customer’s attention with its Edwardian style frosted labels.

You can also visit his website. Oh and if you call in, if he asks you how you found Browton’s Bottle Shop, tell him you found out about it on East of the M60.

And of course, Hungry the Horse dances the waltz…

Bucking the trend of pub closures in Tameside is Greene King’s future development on Ashton Moss. It’ll be the ninth unit on the first phase of Ashton Leisure Park, and the borough’s first Hungry Horse pub since the closure of the Blue Pig in Audenshaw.

The next two additions set to arrive are Prezzo on Unit 2 of the Ashton Leisure Park, and Bella Italia. Therefore, two Italian restaurants and a guaranteed pint of Abbot Ale or Greene King IPA by the new year.

Sometimes, if you’ve had a few scoops, you might prefer something finger licking good. A short stagger away from the Best of Brass and The Commercial in Mossley, is the town’s newest takeaway. Known as Crunchy Chicken, the Manchester Road premises is one of two branches some 25 minutes away from Manchester city centre (their sister branch is on the 219 bus route in Guide Bridge).

No more iPhone8s for you (update)

So far, the Ashton-under-Lyne branch has ceased trading. Further details will arrive as soon as we get them.

Other comings and goings (some of which probably not so recent – corrections and additions appreciated as always):


  • The Old Fleece: Market Street, Stalybridge: new management team;
  • Browton’s: 8 Fletcher Street, Ashton-under-Lyne: new shop;
  • Family Shopper: Wellington Road, Ashton-under-Lyne (note correction from previous month);
  • Ethel Austin: Staveleigh Way, Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne: in former Internaçionale unit;
  • Raja Brothers: Crowhill: inside former March Hare public house;
  • Crunchy Chicken: Manchester Road, Mossley: new fried chicken shop.


  • Everytrade: 43 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge;
  • The March Hare: Crowhill: former Robinson’s public house.

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Next Month:

In our November round-up, we shall see getting ready for Christmas. Expect to see some details of Christmas events in the borough, as well as the usual changes to the Tameside retail scene.

S.V., 08 October 2014.


3 thoughts on “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Many thanks for the correction. I thought it would have been their Hungry Horse brand being a replacement for The Blue Pig, which operated under that style in its twilight years.

      The ‘Farmhouse Inns’ style seems to be pitched towards the same market as The Sheldon Arms, though likely to be Abbot Ale instead of Moonraker. This will only be their second Farmhouse Inn within Greater Manchester.

      Bye for now,



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