Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

More changes and pub closures

  • Wilko completes Arcades move;
  • Long-serving tack shop relocates;
  • New fishmongers opens in Stalybridge.

Regular readers, please accept my apologies for the late arrival of this month’s digest. Given the small matter of an election or three (hence East of the M60‘s coverage of all three elections in the borough), our monthly digest is only a week later than normal.

Wilko’s move to the Arcades Shopping Centre

Wilko Stores Ltd completed the move of its Ashton branch to the Arcades Shopping Centre last Wednesday. The store occupies a first floor unit formerly part of Woolworths. Whereas Woolworths utilised part of its first floor unit, the new store’s retail space takes up the full unit. All the way up to Argos.

This summer will see the TAC building vacated for demolition. However, there lies one question: Would Wilko’s home in the Arcades be permanent? If so, could the rumours of Ashton Central Library moving to Son of TAC be true, with a new facility on the ground floor level a la Rochdale?

Plenty of fish in Stalybridge

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Stalybridge has regained an independent fishmongers. Over the last month, Stalybridge Fish took up their premises on Armentieres Square in the former Sara Dip and Tea unit.

Tameside Food Festival

This month sees the start of the Tameside Food Festival with open foodie markets dotted around the borough. Up to now, there has been markets in Denton and Stalybridge with more to follow in Hyde, Droylsden and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Today’s [10 May] Stalybridge Farmers’ Market was successful with more than double the usual stalls for a normal monthly market. As well as Hell’s Kitchen and the Leagram cheese stall, Tweed Brewing Company served a couple of their cask conditioned ales from their pop-up bar.

A change of tack

The end of March saw Hound Horse and Rider move from King Street, Dukinfield to new premises on Newton Business Park, near Hyde.

Bharti retires

A feature of Henrietta Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, opposite Kwik-Fit is Bharti Auto Spares. The long-serving vendor of car parts is having a closing down sale, with 40% off all automotive parts. He is set to retire so we wish him the very best.

Takeaway plans

From the Tameside MBC planning pages, there is plans for a takeaway on 114 Stockport Road. Notice has been given over the change of unit from retail to hot food owing to its previous use as The Trading Post secondhand shop. Before then, it was the Challenor Bed and Breakfast and Transport Café.

Pub and club update: a new hotel for Ashton?

Following the closure of Triangle snooker club on Wellington Road we have learned of, in the last three months, J.D. Wetherspoon’s intention to take over the site. As stated previously, the hall could become The Ash Tree‘s smoking area – a real improvement on present facilities looking out to Camp Street.

In the last week, another source has stated J.D. Wetherspoon’s plan to introduce hotel accommodation. If accepted, Tim Martin’s company could see a second Wetherspoons Hotel in Greater Manchester (The Brocket Arms in Wigan its only one at present). Perhaps the new hotel could take up the first floor unit – empty since transition from Main Street Shopping Arcade to The Ash Tree.

Over the last month, The Warrington public house on Stamford Street, Cockbrook has closed. The Old General‘s depubification has continued with the fitting of black roller shutters on its windows.

The Stamford Arms on Upper Mossley has closed. All signage has gone with plans for its depubification pending. The applicant wishes to change the former pub into a residential dwelling.

However, a few yards up Stamford Road, The Fleece Inn has wooed drinkers with special offers on real ale. On weekdays from 12midday to 6pm, cask conditioned ales have sold for £1.50 per pint. To improve access, a new entrance has been added to the Waterton Lane end of the pub.

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Next Month:

Expect to see some references to Tameside Food Festival. Plus all the usual changes to the borough’s pubs and clubs.

S.V., 10 May 2015.


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