Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2016: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Photographed by Tim Brockley, 2014. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Bridge Beers’ opening success;
  • Stalybridge retail changes;
  • Bus station plans approved.

The shortest month of the year has lacked the urgency of January, with much of the month dominated by the opening of Stalybridge’s new micro pub.

Bridge Beers’ opening weekend

Over the last month, Bridge Beers’ opening took their proprietors by surprise. As stated in one of our previous articles (Stalybridge Micro Pub’s Mega Impact), they ran out of beer on its opening night. The following Sunday, Bridge Beers only had bottles left.

Opening hours have been confirmed on their Facebook page. Bridge Beers is closed on Mondays, with evening opening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday. On Tuesdays and Wednesday, Bridge Beers closes at 6pm. Last orders is an hour before closing time.

Stalybridge retail changes

February has been Stalybridge’s month. Adjacent to Bridge Beers, Greggs has been attractively refurbished with a little seating area. The new-look branch was refitted in eight days flat, reopening on Saturday 27 February. Again on Melbourne Street, next to Quality Save, the Dogs Trust have opened a charity shop, selling clothes.

On the same street, we said farewell to Grace’s Lingerie Shop (formerly the Chicken Barbecue unit) and En-Tour-Age. We have heard in the next month that the Village Café and (gasp!) the Tripe and Sandwich Shop are about to leave Stalybridge. Stand by for future developments in subsequent editions of The Ashton Review of Shops.

Bus station plans approved

The green light has been given for the construction of Ashton-under-Lyne’s new bus station. Spadework shall begin at the end of this year. Since the publication of initial designs, some changes have been made to the final version, most notably the covered roof from the northern and southern entrances. The new design will be based around a single terminal with a number of satellite stands alongside Ashton-under-Lyne tram station.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section. Aye thank you…

  • As detailed with the Hyde branch last month, The Royal Bank of Scotland branches on Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne and Market Street, Droylsden, will also be renamed Williams & Glyn. Planning permission has been put in for new signage.
  • Digi Tech on 2, Market Street, Ashton-under-Lyne have put in planning permission for a new Note Machine free cash machine. The outdoor ATM will be situated adjacent to the telephone box near the indoor market.
  • Big Discount Store, formerly the Route 66 public house on Market Street, Hyde, will see the addition of a Note Machine free ATM.
  • Indian Plaza on 90, Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw is set for expansion, with plans submitted for a single storey extension.
  • A 3G pitch could be coming to Ewen Fields. After trading in the vacuum cleaner for a lawn mower, Hyde United F.C. have rekindled their love of the all-weather pitch. The new surface will be FIFA 2 Star Standard, which allows for hosting Northern Premier League fixtures and up to 90 hours use a week.

Pub and club update

We are still no clearer about the future of Stalybridge Labour Club on Acres Lane. At present, the building is still in use for community groups, primarily Weight Watchers and Slimming World classes.

Plans have been made for a new first floor fire escape at The Junction Inn, Turner Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne. Another Robbies house, the Chapel House on Two Trees Lane, Haughton Green will also see the addition of a fire escape.

The depubification of the Bay Horse in Newton is now complete as demolition contractors have moved in. As stated in a previous Ashton Review of Shops, a branch of The Co-operative will stand alongside three other units. The Newton Reform Club on Talbot Road could be converted to apartments. On behalf of Edward Mellor estate agents, its outbuildings will also be demolished if approved. Plans for The March Hare site have been resubmitted with changes to the toilet windows.

Bucking the trend of pub closures, depubification and demolition is The Harewood Arms in Broadbottom. Planning permission has been put in for the conversion of neighbouring offices to pub use. Meanwhile, on the other end of the 341 bus route, The Chapman Arms, in Hattersley is being converted to the Kiddie Kare [sic] day nursery.

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Next Month:

Could we see the TAC demolition and the open market in a more advanced state? Tune in next month at the usual time.

S.V., 05 March 2016.


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