This month’s window on the shop windows
- Swish new premises for charity shop;
- Updates on the Joint Service Centre and surrounding area;
- Plus all the usual retail movements.
The last month hasn’t been that busy, apart from the fact that two shops have settled into their new units.
A new base for the Anthony Seddon Trust
The Anthony Seddon Trust, whose drop-in centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, have moved to a new home. From their Old Square corner unit, they have moved a short distance along Stamford Street. This time, both the drop-in centre and the charity shop have moved into the former Arrand and Dyson unit. It is fair to say the mental health charity has the most luxurious looking charity shop in Tameside.
JD Sports move OK
JD Sports are settling into their new unit in the Arcades Shopping Centre. On asking a member of staff what she thought of the new unit, her reaction was positive. From our visit, on its first day of business, the layout is more coherent than its previous upstairs unit in the Ladysmith Shopping Centre.
Bank closures: update
This month will see the closure of NatWest branches in Denton, Droylsden and Uppermill. Whether their presence will be retained by means of an ATM remains to be seen. Also in the same month, we shall be seeing the closure of Droylsden’s branch of Lloyds Bank.
TAC Tales: Update on the Joint Service Centre
The first wall panels have been assembled on the Warrington Street side of the building. There is now enough of the structure to give visitors an idea of its basic outline. Progress on part of the nearby market ground remains sluggish.
On Wellington Road, first stages towards the new bus station have been made. As part of the preparation works, temporary JC Decaux shelters have been fitted near The Prince of Orange.
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 (for the many and not the few in my view).
This month, very quiet.
- The Hyde branch of Iceland could see changes to its shop front with bi-parting entrance doors and side screens.
- The Anthony Seddon Trust charity shop from Old Square to Stamford Street, in the former Arrand and Dyson unit.
- In the last month, Mission Exit on Oxford Street, Dukinfield, opened for business in the former Nelson Unit premises.
Pub and club update
Another Micro Pub could be coming and this time, it is Hyde’s turn. A shop unit on 3, Hamnett Street could provide The Cotton Bale, The White Lion, and The Albion some competition. Plans for the neighbourhood centre on the site of the Bay Horse are still pending.
In Stalybridge, The Society Rooms will be closed for its refurbishment and extension into the former Ethel Austin unit. Work will commence on the 11 June to 14 July.
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Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 01 July 2017. This will be the first one after this month’s General Election.
S.V., 04 June 2017.