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

This month’s window on the shop windows

Brushes and Walkerwood Resrvoir
Walkerwood and Brushes Reservoir: an appropriate choice of picture given that the Greater Manchester Walking Festival is on this month. Image by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)
  • More Ashton arrivals and departures;
  • Iconic café closes;
  • Updates on the Joint Service Centre;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

Over the last month, there has been more retail movements of existing stores moving to new sites.

Any time is gym time

Perhaps they are telling us something, but fitness centres seem to be a boom industry in our borough. The latest addition, Anytime Fitness, is due to open this month in the Ladysmith Shopping Centre. It occupies the former JD Sports unit. There has been competitions on Facebook and enrolment programmes in the run-up to its arrival.

Like the Active Tameside funded iTrain facility in Dukinfield, Anytime Fitness’ Ashton-under-Lyne base will be open 24 hours a day. Millie’s Cookies and Costa Coffee, alas, are open till 6pm (so you can’t have a sneaky cake for getting over leg day).

Looking good and feeling fit seems to be the theme for Tameside’s latest retail additions and revisions. After a sneaky cookie from our latest addition downstairs, you could be suitably coiffured at Star Hair Design on Penny Meadow. This takes the place of the Gremlins fashion shop. Or to Giovanni’s, who are under new management and enticing customers with some tempting offers.

Stalybridge retail stories

After serving affordably priced food and drink for the best part of three decades, the Village Café closed on Melbourne Street. Lately, its furniture has been made available for sale. Early into its life, the Village Café also had an upstairs dining room. This was where the toilet was placed.

In Stalybridge, the former Crusty Cob unit has become the Fade Factory, a newly opened barber’s shop. Work on the extension of The Society Rooms are well under way. So far, the back wall of the former Ethel Austin unit has been demolished.

Bank closures: update

Shortly after we announced the closure of Droylsden’s branch of NatWest, we found that Lloyd’s Bank has been sharpening its axe. This time, it is their Droylsden branch that is due to close this summer.

For the forthcoming General Election (announced shortly after our last bulletin), one of Labour’s proposed manifesto pledges is to stem the closure of retail banks. Especially in small towns where the Post Office is the only alternative facility. (Dukinfield has had no retail bank since April 2013).

TAC Tales: Update on the Joint Service Centre

More steady progress with the construction of the Joint Service Centre. Some of the window frames are being put in place on the Warrington Street side of the building. Also, planning permission has been sought for the integration of the former Water Board building façade into the college/council offices building.

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 (it’s the one that B&M Homestore are offering for a tenner).

This month, slightly busier than the last.

  • Lymefield Garden Nursery could benefit from an extension to its existing café, and its sales/store room area.
  • A triangular shaped patch of land off Darnton Road near Tameside Hospital will become a Pay and Display car park. This will replace the present facility which is unofficially used as a free car park.
  • In advance of NatWest’s closure of Denton’s branch, plans have been submitted the removal of its cash machine, and changes to its entrance.
  • At Beehive House, Greenside Trading Centre, Droylsden, a former School of Performing Arts could be converted to a takeaway at the ground floor with business premises above.
  • New roller shutters could be added to 156 – 158 Market Street. Hyde, for the Sweat Shop sports shop.
  • In Weir Mill, Manchester Road, Mossley, a retail unit could become a dog grooming salon with day care facilities.
  • Planning permission has been approved for the conversion of Mossley’s former police station into two dwellings. Its outbuildings and garage will be demolished.
  • In Dukinfield, Tyre Treads on Wharf Street could be getting a new tyre bay building.
  • Residential use has been proposed for the Alan Oldham Kitchen and Bedrooms showroom on 89 Stockport Road, Gee Cross.
  • McDonalds on 49 Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne could see the rejigging of its outdoor seating area. Subtle differences will see the four tables and sixteen chairs being rearranged in a more regimental style.

Retail Movements

  • Two Ashton-under-Lyne shoe shops, Shoe Zone and Bond Street Shoes are being refurbished.
  • Kwik Fit on Henrietta Street, Ashton-under-Lyne has now closed, but no time has been wasted on its refurbishment for future tenants. Available to let by Rapleys (55 Spring Gardens, Manchester), it is stated as having potential for use as subdivided retail units.
  • British Raj on Market Street, Stalybridge, have moved across the road to new premises, in the former Blue Ginger takeaway.
  • Minoti has moved from the Arcades Shopping Centre to Ladysmith Shopping Centre.
  • In the same shopping centre, Heron Freezer Centres (along with its other branches in Glossop and Oldham) have started selling Lotto tickets.

Pub and club update

The Silver Springs in Denton, and the former Cooperative store next door will be demolished shortly. This is in advance of the arrival of Tameside MBC’s new leisure centre, the partial replacement for swimming pools in Dukinfield and Denton.

After being closed for a few weeks, the depubification of the Organ Inn on 81 Market Street, Hollingworth is almost complete. There are plans for its demolition with 52 dwellings in its place. This will comprise of 12 three bedroom end terrace houses, 16 two bedroom terraced houses, and 18 three bedroom semi-detached homes. There will also be a further 3 three bedroom terraced houses and 3 three bedroom detached houses. Please note that most of the houses will be on open space that is presently behind the pub.

The depubification of The Feathers on Stanley Square, Stalybridge is advancing with indecent ease. Living accommodation will be on its first floor. The pub’s former corner entrance now has a glass door, which implies conversion to a convenience store or a takeaway. Ashton Golf Club in Hazelhurst, off Gorsey Way could benefit from a new lift and first floor kitchen extension.

On 121 Market Street, there could be a new addition to the Droylsden pub scene. If approved, The Silly Country could be Droylsden’s first micropub. The proposed venture will take up a corner unit below the Concord Suite.

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Next Month:

Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 04 June 2017. This is the Saturday before Whit Sunday.

S.V., 06 May 2017.


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