This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Rififi and Amber Lounge reopens – with new name and new look;
  • Hyde United flies flag for Tameside in the F.A. Cup;
  • Papa Johns latest addition to Ashton-under-Lyne’s retail offerings;
  • Plus all the other retail movements.

A new look and name for Rififi and Amber Lounge

We have some good news from Stalybridge and it concerns the former Amber Lounge/Rififi building. To the disappointment of some people, it wont be returning to its former use as a cinema. Instead, it will become the Platinum Lounge and Khaleasi, a 900 capacity night spot. Aimed at discerning clientele, the Platinum Lounge is billed as “a great place to start” with Khaleasi “the perfect place to finish”.

All will be revealed closer to opening time. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the former Metro cinema, which could be a good music venue again.

On the F.A. Cup Trail

Over the last month, all but one of our borough’s teams were knocked out of the F.A. Cup. After beating Farsley Celtic 2 – 1, Stalybridge Celtic were rewarded with another home tie in the Second Qualifying Round. They lost 3 – 1 to Chorley. Also at the first point of asking, Curzon Ashton were knocked out by Stockport County, losing 1 – 0. Droylsden lost 4 – 0 to Lancaster City.

After a replay, Mossley lost 2 – 0 to 1874 Northwich in the First Qualifying Round. Ashton United fared in the same round, losing 4 – 0 to Marine. Flying the flag for Tameside is Hyde United. After a 3 – 2 win over Boston Town in the Third Qualifying Round, the Tigers booked their place in the F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. Should they beat Scarborough Athletic on the 14 October, they will be in First Round Proper for the first time since 1994.

TAC Tales: Update on the Joint Service Centre

More glass can be seen on the Joint Service Centre, particularly around the Water Board building. We have yet to see the white cladding on the walls but it is anticipated that Wilko will move from the Arcades Shopping Centre in September 2018. Their new store in the Son of TAC will take up 12,300 square feet of space. Tameside College will take up 75,300 square feet with Tameside MBC having around 64,000 square feet. The building in its entirety has over 163,000 square feet of space.

On the opposite side of the Arcades and the bus station, work on the new Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange is expected to start from the 09 October. From then on, expect to see changes to your usual stand at Ashton bus station. All will be revealed in the local press, TfGM publicity materials, and on East of the M60.

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 I sold you on eBay a fortnight ago).

In comparison with last month, a lot more activity.

  • Unit 1 of Vale Industrial Estate in Dukinfield could become a doggy daycare centre with space for fifteen dogs.
  • A cash machine at AJ News, Stamford Square is set to be spruced up with new signage.
  • This is also true with Showman and Clark’s dental practice on Queens Walk, Droylsden.
  • The first floor of the Canton House restaurant in Denton will see the creation of two bedrooms, and its front window being split into two.
  • Cheshire Van Sales on Wharf Street, Dukinfield, will be seeing the addition of roller shutters on 96 [Wharf Street] and a new extension to the premises on 98.
  • Camden House on Grey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne could become apartments. For jobseekers past and present, this was where Standguide were based in the early noughties.
  • The former Age Concern shop on Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne (next to The Star Inn), could become a café.

Retail Movements

  • Simply Clintons and Gems in the Arcades Shopping Centre have both closed.
  • At this time of press, Holloways’ luggage shop, we think, has moved from Ashton.
  • What is definite is that O’Briens have moved from George Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, to new premises in Romiley. We wish them luck in their new premises, but the loss of a high quality outfitters in Ashton-under-Lyne is quite a big hole in the centre’s retail offerings.
  • On The Heys Retail Park on Mossley Road, Papa Johns have opened up, offering more choice to pizza loving Tamesiders. Their opening week was marked by appearances of Spiderman and other superheroes by The New Inn and the Miners’ Refuge. (What if they were caught short?)

Pub and club update

The biggest story this month has been the reopening of the former Palace Cinema as the Platinum Lounge/Khaleasi night spot (which we have covered in great detail).

Though The Oddfellows Arms has been closed as a public house for some time, plans have been submitted for its conversion into a large house. The site of The Red House could see some low level fencing.

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Next Month:

Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 04 November 2017, tantalisingly close to Christmas. Tune it to find out more, same Ashton Bat time, same Ashton Bat channel.

S.V., 07 October 2017.

3 thoughts on “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

  1. Stuart,
    Can you clarify the closure of Ashton Bus Station date? You state tomorrow(!), but AFAIK TFGM have been told nothing since the oroginal date (July) was postopned due to an ongoing dispute between the Council and the landlords of the buildings between the current bus station and the tram stop.


  2. I’ve checked today and AFAWK there is no suggestion Ashton Bus Station’s closure is imminent. 2018 maybe?


    1. Hi Phil,

      Many thanks for the update. I had had read other sources on its delay via a Facebook page on Ashton-under-Lyne. That of one of the parties not wanting to move, and the Arcades Shopping Centre ditching plans for a northward extension (on the site of what are Stands A to L).




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