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

June’s window on the shop windows

Since this public domain image of Ashton-under-Lyne was taken, the skyline has changed dramatically, thanks to the demolition of the TAC building. This was, presumably, photographed from IKEA by wagon16.
  • Denton’s micropub opens;
  • British Home Stores’ liquidation and store closures;
  • Plus the usual retail changes in the Tameside area.

Though the biggest profile story has been the liquidation and closure of all BHS stores in the United Kingdom, the Tameside retail scene has been far from quiet.

Denton’s micropub opens

The Crown Point Tavern got off to a good start on Thursday [02 June] when an MP popped in for a pint. It was none other than Shadow Home Secretary and prospective Mayor of Greater Manchester candidate, Andy Burnham. The Labour MP for Leigh called in to the new establishment after canvassing for the 23 June 2016 EU Membership Referendum.

Denton’s newest addition to the pub scene is situated opposite the former market ground. Its part of the unit was formerly a convenience store and the town’s branch of Gateway Foodmarkets before then. The pub will be open till 11pm on most nights and offers a wealth of real ales. It is close to the town hall and public library.

BHS’ demise

As stated in last month’s bulletin, we prepared for the imminent liquidation of British Home Stores. Yesterday [03 June], we learned of its demise, with the closure of all 163 of its department stores. This includes the branch on Crown Point North, Denton, which has already seen the loss of the Tesco Homestore a wee while ago. We hope their staff find suitable employment as soon as possible, though it will be tough.

More deals on wheels

Another mobility scooter shop has opened in Ashton-under-Lyne. As mentioned in the comments of last month’s bulletin, Scoota Mart has opened opposite Fultons on Old Street. The company was established in 1996, in Preston, and has a number of showrooms in Lancashire. This is their fourth branch in Greater Manchester – all of which in the original County Palatine of Lancashire. The other three branches in Greater Manchester are situated in Leigh, Bury and Urmston.

Tameside retail changes

A brand spanking new Polish superstore has opened in Ashton-under-Lyne. Known as Zodiak, it occupies the former Prime Time Recruitment unit on Stamford Street.

Over at the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, one of the recently split units (formerly Internaçionale and Ethel Austin) will be occupied by… Ethel Austin. For devotees of 35mm film based photography, Boots has ceased film processing at its Ashton-under-Lyne branch. The nearest Boots to offer this service is in Oldham. Alternatively, Max Spielman on Mercian Way still supports film.

In the last month, Forever Yours bridal shop on Armentieres Square, Stalybridge, has moved to new showroom in Marple. Nearby, the fate of the former Millpond pub and surrounding shops have been sealed. A mixed-use development of apartments and shops will take their place, with seven floors at the highest point of the structure. Though its height has not been changed from the previous plans, the rough edges of its modernist style have been smoothed with brick instead of concrete.

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 there’s a Tevion model available for a tenner that I fancy)…

  • There will be changes made to the Ladysmith Shopping Centre which entail splitting the Dappa unit into three eateries. The lift to the car park will be demolished.
  • Staying with the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, the first floor above the former Dappa unit is going to become a gymnasium for Anytime Fitness. Separate plans have already been forwarded for signage.
  • A former Ashton-under-Lyne Cooperative Society shop on Taunton Road, Waterloo, could become a beauty salon.
  • An application has been put in by Age UK for the display of various advertisements on 26 Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne’s former Crown Post Office.
  • The laundrette on King Street, Dukinfield could be converted into a ground floor flat.

Pub and club update

Apart from the arrival of The Crown Point Tavern, there has been a lot of comings and goings in the World of Pub. Many of which have been on the 340 and 343 bus routes.

The George and Dragon is set to reopen, with the pub billing itself as ‘the heartbeat of the community’. As well as new signage, the Newton public house has been refurbished with state-of-the-art HD televisions maintaining the pub’s sporting reputation. Besides Sky Sports, BT Sport, and terrestrial channels, the bowling green behind the pub is still in rude health.

A short 340 or 343 ride away, The New Inn on Birch Lane, Dukinfield, has been temporarily closed. The Robinson’s pub is awaiting a new landlord, though not yet advertised on the Stockport brewery’s website. Six minutes away, on the same bus route, Stalybridge has seen the reopening of two pubs.

Firstly, the former Szoda bar on Market Street, will become Back to the ’80s. This, as the name implies, is a 1980s theme pub in the Reflex mould. At the other end of Market Street, near The Q Bar will be The Stalybridge Tavern. Situated in the former Bar Max and Ruby Rooms premises, it aims to be a ‘proper pub’ with live music and decent beer. Whether they’ll give The Q Bar and The White House a run for their money, we shall see.

As seen on the Robinsons Brewery website, The Caledonia on Warrington Street is awaiting a new tenant. Annual rent for the Ashton-under-Lyne pub with good food at affordable prices is £22,000 per annum. The Lazy Toad on Ashton Hill Lane, Droylsden, is set to add a single storey sun lounge. Plans are under way for the depubification of The Woodcock Inn on 178 Newmarket Road. The former pub will be converted into six apartments.

After fulfilling this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contest, the Stalybridge Labour Club is set to have a proper reopening. The social club is in the midst of refurbishment. The former Red House on Lees Road, Hartshead will be seeing the bricking up of an attic window.

And finally, some positive pub news for the people of Dukinfield. The winners of this year’s Handicap Shield in the Tameside Quiz League is The Lodge Hotel team, who beat The Sycamore 31 – 29. As yours truly has a vested interest in the victorious team (as one of the winning VI), please accept my apologies.

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Next Month:

More of the same tomfoolery and all the usual retail movements. Will there be more of Ashton’s new look open market to enjoy? Will Back To The ’80s be worth getting the self-lacing shoes out for? One never knows.

S.V., 04 June 2016.


4 thoughts on “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2016: The Ashton Review of Shops

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  1. Its not just Traffic Bulletins where Denton (or more specifically the A57 & A6017) disappears into another Dimension where the Media are concerned. This is the first I’ve heard of Andy Burnham visiting Denton on Thursday. Forget the individual, the very fact that any politician involved in any Election/Referndum has visited Denton should be a earth shattering News in itself. I’m sure I’m not the only Dentonian who has been eligible to vote since the 1980 Locals, who has *never* been canvassed for a politicial opinion in their entire lives


    1. Hi Phil,

      I totally agree with you on the lack of news. Especially with a shadow cabinet minister and a Labour leadership challenger last summer. The first and only place I knew about his arrival at Crown Point Tavern was on Facebook. I also saw another picture of the fellow outside The Fletchers Arms, which as you may know does a good carvery.




  2. I have indeed heard The Fletchers does good food. Trouble is, so as every one else, so when my family have gone there, it has been a long wait.


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