Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2014: The Ashton Review of Shops

It’s (nearly) Christmas!

  • Two pubs set to reopen;
  • Recent additions to the Arcades Shopping Centre;
  • Tameside Christmas Market commences.

Taking us by surprise this month is the reopening of two public houses and another card shop for Ashton.

Tameside Christmas Market

Sunday’s [30 November 2014] opening of the Tameside Christmas Market saw higher footfall on its opening week. 20,000 people were seen in Ashton-under-Lyne with an excellent turnout for the lantern parade, and the Christmas lights switch-on and firework display.

This year’s market has seen a rejigging of its previous layout with the live performance area in front of the town hall steps. A selection of stalls are seen around a ferris wheel, where the Mayor of Tameside’s usual parking space is, behind the westbound bus shelter on Wellington Road. As of before, most of the wooden stalls are situated on Market Street.

The 02 December [Tuesday] saw the opening of an artificial ice rink near to the town hall steps.

Stalybridge comings and goings

As detailed before in a separate article, the immediate future of Stalybridge’s Handmade Market and other events have been secured. Plans to temporarily convert exhibition space into offices at Stalybridge Civic Hall have been quashed. Following the demolition of the TAC building, Tameside MBC staff would have been decamped to their temporary quarters. Instead a compromise was made with only incumbent office buildings being used at the back of the Civic Hall.

Pub and club update

Two surprise developments have affected the Tameside pub world over the last month. One is the reopening of The River Bank on Crescent Road, Dukinfield. After being closed and left in dilapidated condition for the last five years, it is set to reopen by the time you’ve read this. It assumed The River Bank name after becoming a free house, after a stint as a Jennings house. As a Bass tied house it was known as The Park, so-called owing to its proximity to Dukinfield Lodge prior to the early 1950s.

Another pub is set to reopen after several years of vacant possession. The Dog and Partridge, on Oldham Road, Waterloo, is set to reopen as a restaurant serving British and Mediterranean food. Prior to closure, the Dog and Partridge was a popular dining spot in the 1980s and 1990s, serving Whitbread’s ales. It was extended in the late 1980s and besides selling Sunday dinners, it was a popular stopping off point for drinkers alighting or awaiting a 409 to Oldham or Ashton town centre.

Also due to open this month is the refurbished Prince of Orange adjacent to Ashton’s bus and railway stations. Of late, the pub had lost ground in the food stakes with the nearby Beau Geste, Ash Tree and The Engine Room providing competition. In a future posting, we may take a peek (and given the amount of times I’ve called in for a quick one between buses…).

Ashton comings and goings

The Arcades Shopping Centre has seen a couple of recent arrivals. One is Roman, a ladies’ outfitters occupying the former Barratt Shoes unit. Directly opposite Card Factory, we see the return of a familiar face.

After a long absence from the Arcades Shopping Centre, Clintons is back, taking over the former JJB Sports unit. This time, under the alias of Simply Clintons, it is the revived card retailer’s discount brand. Ironically, it is opposite their former unit (occupied by Card Factory) which started out as Paper Tree on the shopping centre’s opening in Autumn 1995.

On Old Street, Ashton’s Age UK charity shop is set to move to more central premises. After occupying two units nearest The Star Inn and W.H. Morris, Age UK is set to move to part of the former Post Office on Warrington Street.

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

Comings:

  • Simply Clintons: Arcades Shopping Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne: new shop;
  • Roman: Arcades Shopping Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne: new shop;
  • Ashton Christmas Market: Ashton Open Market.

Goings:

  • None at present.

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Next Month:

Happy New Year! January’s digest of the latest retail comings and going, plus reference to the borough’s Christmas season. Perhaps a pint in the newly refurbished Prince of Orange could be in order.

S.V., 03 December 2014.

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