May’s window on the shop windows
- Meals on wheels at a new Ashton café;
- Plus the usual changes in the Tameside retail world (not many of which are particularly good this month).
The last month hasn’t been particularly kind to the borough’s retail scene. Even so, plenty of interesting drops to quench our thirst.
Meals on wheels, in a different style
Ashton-under-Lyne continues to offer numerous food options for the hungry visitor. As well as its chains (J.D Wetherspoon, Subway, McDonalds), there is numerous independently owned eateries. A recent addition to the scene has opened at the back of a mobility scooter shop.
Known as Ruggiero’s, it is an Italian style café which backs onto World of Scooters on Stamford Street. Customers can enter through the shop’s main entrance, or via its own entrance from Wood Street. Each of its sandwiches and paninis are freshly made to family recipes, with a variety of hot and cold beverages.
Tameside retail changes
In the last month, the biggest story is British Home Stores’ liquidation, which is set to affect the Crown Point North [Denton] branch alongside several others. Apart from Marks and Spencer’s outlet store, this could leave the popular edge-of-town precinct without a first class department store.
In Ashton-under-Lyne, we have seen a fair few departures from our retail scene. Dappa Menswear has finished trading in its unit on the corner of Mercian Way and Staveleigh Way. We have also learned of the closure of the town’s ‘pay what you want’ café, and the fate of the former Internaçionale unit.
The unit has been split into two smaller units, with the one closest to the ex-Santander being fitted out at present. Another outfitter, or a salon? We wonder. The Santander unit (whose business has transferred to the Warrington Street/Old Street branch) remains vacant. This has also happened to the former Jack Fulton unit facing the present branch.
A tenant has been found for the one-time Bank unit in the Arcades Shopping Centre. Known as Minoti, it specialises in mother and child clothing.
Over in Hyde, milk shake shop Moody Cow, on Market Street, will be closing today. In the last year, it has offered a plethora of weird and wonderful milk shakes. Many commentators may point to the town’s lack of parking spaces, though recent weather hasn’t been too kind to milk shake consumption.
Furthermore, the Yorkshire Bank (a year after closing its Stalybridge branch), is set to do the same with its Hyde branch on Market Street. It is one of two branches in Greater Manchester set to close this year. The other one is in Shaw, near Oldham.
Forthcoming Planning Applications
Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section. You know the drill (and mine’s a Bosch)…
- New signage is set to be added to the Ashton Moss branch of Marks and Spencer. This includes targeted signage for the M&S Foodhall.
- Santander has put in a planning application for new signage at their Ashton branch on 66, Old Street.
- The Old Court House, on Market Place, Mottram-in-Longdendale, will see a change of use to a private dwelling. It had previously been information offices for Tameside MBC.
- A Notemachine ATM is set to be added to Adams Mini Market in the West End of Denton, near Thornley Park. A separate application has also been put in for associated signage.
- Air conditioning units could be added to the Hyde branch of Specsavers on 31 Market Street.
Pub and club update
The fate of the former Number Seventy-One on Mottram Road, Stalybridge, has been sealed. It will become the Candolim Indian restaurant. A similar fate awaits the former Tontine public house on Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne. This will become an Asian sweet centre and café.
The George and Dragon in Newton, Hyde – as detailed in Tameside MBC’s planning notices – is set to receive new green signage. At this moment, the pub on Bennett Street is being refurbished.
The Tontine is set to reopen as the Al Noor Café and Sweet Centre. This will offer Asian style confectionery and soft drinks.
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Expect to see more of the same tomfoolery and, perhaps, a reference or two about the Tameside Food and Drink Festival. One never knows.
S.V., 07 May 2016.