Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

March’s window on the shop windows

Joint Service Centre, post-Beast from the East
Work in progress: the Joint Service Centre, Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Since the demise of Carillion the contract has been transferred to Robertson.
  • M&S closures in Denton and Stockport confirmed;
  • Equestrianism supplies retailer moves to bigger out of town premises;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

With the worst excesses of The Beast From The East and Storm Emma, there’s every chance you may be reading this round-up at home. We don’t blame you, though yours truly was daft enough to venture out in these conditions.

Marks and Spencer store closures confirmed

Marks and Spencer will be closing its two stores in Denton and Stockport. The M&S Outlet on Crown Point North in Denton is a popular destination for cost-conscious shoppers. For some people, perhaps their sole reason for calling into the retail park. In spite of a petition, M&S plc are still going ahead with their closure plans.

Denton’s store will close on the 21 April. The same Saturday will also see the closure of Marks and Spencer’s Stockport store in Merseyway. In spite of the arrival of a new mixed-use retail development (Red Rock), there could be a triple whammy for Stopfordian shopaholics. In the last week Maplin and Toys ‘R’ Us have both called in the receivers, affecting their stores in Portwood (on Peter Street and at The Peel Centre respectively).

The Beast from the East

Ashton Outdoor Market, Post-Beast of the East (black and white)
Ashton-under-Lyne Open Market: seen on the Friday after The Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

Whilst you are reading this in your nightclothes or your ‘bumming about’ pants, you would have been aware of the Arctic weather we have had. In the Tameside area, anywhere east of Armentieres Square and north of Tameside Hospital has taken a battering. This has included falling trees on Mossley Road, the curtailment of bus routes, and the closure of both Woodhead and Snake Passes.

Yesterday [Friday 02 March], Ashton-under-Lyne’s retailers have opted to close early or open later than usual. Strong winds meant that staff at the Arcades Shopping Centre had to close the entrance near to the bus station. As seen above, there was no open stalls on Ashton Market, apart from enclosed stalls like Wright’s Café Central. The entrance to the Ladysmith Shopping Centre on Warrington Street was also closed.

TAC tales

With Robertson taking over from Carillion, we should be back on track. Following the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, there may be some delays to its completion date. We don’t envy the construction workers’ jobs in such freezing conditions.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

Very quiet over the last month.

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 Tweed’s Hopster.

  • Though a little outside the scope of The Ashton Review of Shops, the Holly Grange care home could be converted into a house in multiple occupation for 25 people. This will also include space for fifteen bicycles. Before being a care home, this was The Hollies’ original surgery prior to moving to Birch Lane in 1986.
  • Tameside Arts could be the new occupants of Holloways’ unit on Bow Street. A change of us from class A1 to D1 would see the unit becoming a place of assembly and leisure.
  • Aldwinians could be getting a World Rugby Compliant 3G artificial pitch. This will include fencing, storage facilities, floodlighting, dugouts, and hard landscaping.

Retail Movements

  • Long established baggage retailer Holloways have had a closing down sale. All baggage items have been sold at half price.
  • Red 60 in the Arcades Shopping Centre are having a closing down sale.
  • Moving to bigger premises by the time you have read this is Horse To Hound. After being based on Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, the purveyor of equestrianism equipment will be moving to Dukinfield. This time, to a unit on Park Road, Tame Valley.
  • Market Kitchen are the new occupants of D’Oro’s former unit in Ashton Market Hall.
  • A recent move to Hanson’s Café’s former unit on Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne is Zeus, a beauty shop. They are next door to the present-day, smaller yet equally good Hanson’s Café.

Pub and club update

It seems that Robinson’s have found their very own Prince Charming for The Prince of Orange. As well as a black banner, anticipating the new tenant’s arrival, they are advertising for part time staff. Presumably kitchen staff and bar staff.

From what we have seen, Tapsters should be open for business. A modest stagger away, Ashton Market should be getting its first micro bar. This is taking a unit formerly used by recycling bins, which is only a short stagger from Browton’s Bottle Shop. From our observations, seating and proper tables have been added. We think it’ll be up and running by Eastertide.

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Next Month:

What will Easter bunny bring regarding the latest retail developments in Tameside? Tune in to our latest episode on the 07 April 2018, 9am sharp.

S.V., 03 March 2018.

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