Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Ashton Open Market (from Bow Street)
The Changing Face of Ashton Market: a view of the new look open market, taken with a cheapo (i.e. free of charge) disposable camera.
  • Co-op stores change hands in Dukinfield, Haughton Green and Newton;
  • First year of trading celebrated at Bridge Beers;
  • Stalybridge Celtic to consider a town centre move;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

It has been a fairly quiet month.

Three Co-op stores change hands

In Newton, Haughton Green and Dukinfield, three Co-op stores changed hands. Last week, the Co-op’s Ashton Road, Haughton Green Road and Astley Street branches were transferred to McColls, the UK’s third largest convenience store chain. The Newton and Dukinfield branches have had historical ties with the Hyde Equitable and Ashton-under-Lyne Cooperative societies.

The Newton branch had three floors with a lending library on the first floor. Dukinfield’s branch was the town’s first purpose built self-service supermarket. It opened in 1970 on the site of an imposing building owned by the Ashton-under-Lyne Cooperative Society. Dukinfield’s only Cooperative store is on the precinct off Fir Tree Lane. This was previously Dawn Till Dusk and Augustus Barnett. Before then, a branch of Lo-Cost, the discount chain owned by the Argyll Group.

Bridge Beers drink to their first year of trading

Last weekend, Bridge Beers celebrated their first year of business with a celebratory do. The micropub, which started out “as a vision in Dave’s mind” has been well received by the people of Stalybridge, due to its homely atmosphere.

Stalybridge Celtic Football Club to ponder a town centre move

On East of the M60, we mentioned in greater detail Stalybridge Celtic’s plans to consider a move from Bower Fold. If the terms are favourable to the chairman, a more central location could be considered for the Celts.

Though Bower Fold is National League standard, the ground’s earning capacity as a multi-purpose venue is limited by its location. Also standing in the way of its earning potential as a seven days a week venue is the social club and grass pitch. Should plans to relocate fall through, the club’s alternative plan entails retaining its present home with a new two storey social club and banqueting suite.

TAC Tales: Update on the Joint Service Centre and Open Market

More steel frames of the Joint Service Centre have appeared with the capital ‘A’ shape of the building about to emerge. In the last month, we have learned of the DWP’s plans to rationalise its network of Job Centre Plus offices.

As said on East of the M60, Ashton’s office will move from Old Street to the Joint Service Centre. In the same memo by the Department for Work and Pensions, the functions of Stalybridge’s Job Centre Plus will move to the JSC.

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 pint of Mouselow Farm Mild)

This month, considerably quieter than the last.

  • Retrospective applications on 6 and 8, Ashworth Street, Denton could see a shop unit converted into a private house.
  • Plans to change totem signage at the Ashton-under-Lyne branch of Lidl have been submitted.
  • Tameside Veterinary Clinic’s recent addition in Stalybridge (formerly Yorkshire Bank) have submitted an application for fascia signs on Melbourne Street and Dean Street and a hanging sign over its front door.
  • In advance of Tameside MBC’s forthcoming leisure facility, shop units on 44 – 46 Ashton Road, Denton (a one-time Denton and Haughton Cooperative Society department store) could be demolished.
  • The Express Pharmacy on 1, North Street, Ashton-under-Lyne could become a takeaway.

Retail Movements

  • Sometimes, the Ashton Review of Shops is privy to the odd slip-up. We erroneously said that World of Scooters has closed. On another visit, we found that the scooter shop and café was still open. East of the M60 would like to apologise for the embarrassment which may have been caused.
  • Smart Appliances will move from their present unit on Penny Meadow to Old Street.
  • Rascals Dog Grooming Studio are now settling in their new premises on 21, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge. This will also be handy for the new vets, adjacent to the premises.

Pub and club update

A few resolved issues in the Tameside pub scene? Perhaps.

The saga of the former Hallbottom Gate Inn pub could come to a close. Its site, completely razed and vacant for some time could see the arrival of five dwellings.

Whilst remaining on the subject of unfinished business (which, coincidentally, happens to be on the 346 bus route), we look at the former Bay Horse site. MHA Architects have conducted a dilapidation survey on Victoria Street. Just to recap, the demolished Robbies house will have a convenience store, two smaller retail units, and car parking.

In Mossley, the site of the Woodend Tavern could eventually see the construction of sixteen units. As a temporary measure, plans have been submitted for the parking of a mobile home.

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Next Month:

Exciting times await us all, whether in a good or bad way. One subject that awaits us all are the changes to business rates. With Greater Manchester being given full control of its business rates in the previous parliament, this could have ramifications for our borough’s retailers. Tune into next month’s saga at the usual time. You know where to come…

S.V., 04 March 2017.

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