This October’s window on the shop windows

  • Have your say on the future of Stalybridge town centre;
  • Dukinfield’s Morrisons store refurbished and reopened;
  • Poundstretcher to take on Poundworld Plus unit;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Stalybridge Farmers' Market, Armentieres Square: the sweet stall
Are you happy with the Sunday farmers’ market, or do you wish to have an Altrincham-style food market in the Victoria Market Hall? Find out more during Saturday’s consultation event.

Whilst Brexit and dancing Prime Ministers have dominated the news agenda, it has been all go in the Tameside retail scene.

The shape of things to come in Stalybridge

Over the last year, the crane count in Stalybridge had been fairly high thanks to new housing projects (most notably Summers Quay). As part of Andy Burnham’s Town Centre Challenge programme, Tameside MBC chose Stalybridge as the borough’s representative. Alongside a few other towns in Greater Manchester, its aim is to revitalise the town’s retail offerings.

On the 06 October 2018 [today], there will be a consultation event in Stalybridge Civic Hall. This will take place from 11am to 3pm and anyone who lives in or around Stalybridge can drop in.

The consultation goes beyond the centre of Stalybridge; it includes the whole town from Carrbrook to Heyrod, Hydes, Stalyhill, Ridge Hill, and Millbrook. This will cover transport and housing issues as well as shopping and leisure facilities. If you fancy seeing an Altrincham/Mackie Mayor style market in the Civic Hall or more 340s after 7pm, feel free to pop in and air your views.

More reasons to revisit Morrisons

After two months work, Morrisons’ Dukinfield store has been refurbished, with dramatic changes made to its interior and a new entrance. Since June 1986, its main two entrances faced the car park near Foundry Street and Sandy Lane. This was changed in late August, using the former cigarette counter end of the store.

New features include a café at the former Foundry Street entrance end. The main in-store café has been refurbished in a more traditional style, eschewing the Harry Ramsden’s pastiche of its predecessor. The Nutmeg store occupies the former wines and spirits section. Better use of space is made through higher shelves and full-length freezer doors.

The centrepiece of the new-look store is its card shop section, with greetings cards, wrapping paper, and celebration cakes. On Thursday, the refurbished store was officially opened by Dukinfield’s councillors Brian Wild, John Taylor and Jacqui Lane. This was marked with a special cake.

Poundstretcher plumps for Poundworld Plus

In The Ashton Review of Shops, we can reveal who has taken on the former Poundworld Plus/Marks and Spencer unit. If you are expecting a Primark, we share your disappointment. Poundstretcher will be moving over from their unit on Ashton Retail Park (opposite the bus station).

This will be Poundstretcher’s second move in Ashton-under-Lyne. Their first unit was on Stamford Street, opposite to what is now the Wooden Canal Boat Society charity shop.

TAC Tales

So far we may be looking at the start of 2019 for the Joint Service Centre’s opening date. Most of the white cladding is on the Son of TAC apart from a small section nearest Ashton town hall.

Going at what seems to be a faster rate is the nearby Tameside Transport Interchange. So far, access from Gas Street (nearest to the closed Argos unit) has been closed. Stands J to R have been razed along with the Probation Office.

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 hand operated one you see next to the old cameras and radios on Ashton’s Sunday flea market.

  • Once again, 13 Concord Way, Dukinfield (the former Sorby’s unit) will be in use as a retail unit. Its new tenants will be Concord Mobility, giving Dukinfield’s premier purveyor of mobility scooters and wheelchairs some more showroom space.
  • The unused first and second floors of Stalybridge Post Office on Trinity Street could be converted into five apartments.
  • By the time you have read this, finishing touches to the new-look Morrisons store in Dukinfield may include an external garden centre and dry cleaners’ unit. The parent and child parking bays may have been relocated.
  • The ground floor of 17 Walker Street, Denton, could be converted into a shop unit.
  • Close to the Stockport/Tameside boundary on 105 – 107 Reddish Lane, Denton, a betting shop could be converted into a takeaway.

Retail and Leisure Movements

  • Coming soon to Crown Point North: CeX, that purveyor of DVDs, and other geek stuff, as seen at Ladysmith Shopping Centre.
  • Also on Crown Point North, Footasylum has moved into the former Select unit.
  • Two new additions on Market Street, Hyde is Ti Nails and Beauty (which is self-explanatory) and Vedic Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant.
  • New to Dukinfield, on King Street, is the Felice convenience store. It is situated in the former Post Office once occupied by John Alty and Partners and, in more recent times, a web design company. It is next door to a long closed convenience store, next to Keyfax.

Pub and club update

The success of Hyde’s two microbreweries, Tweed Brewing Company and Four Kings Brewery will see the arrival of two more micropubs. Tweed Tap 2 will be opening in Glossop on High Street East. Its position couldn’t be any more convenient with Barclays Bank and the 236/237 bus stop being a stagger away.

In addition to its microbar on their Newton premises, Four Kings Brewery’s tap will be situated on Henry Street. Again in Glossop, it is near the all-important landmarks for any self-respecting drinker: cash machines (NatWest being the nearest bank), bus stops, and the railway station (which is uphill, but you can’t have everything).

In Roughtown, Mossley, The Church Inn may benefit from the addition of raised decking, according to plans submitted last month. Over on Manchester Road, there seems to be some activity around The Commercial Hotel. In a previous edition of The Ashton Review of Shops, depubification was on the cards. Instead, new tenants will be taking on The Commercial, so who knows.

In the West End of Ashton-under-Lyne, depubification of the Ring O Bells is virtually complete. Plans have been submitted for the pub’s conversion into a takeaway and a hairdressers, with a car wash on the forecourt. There has also been talk of similar plans with the former Buckton Castle on Huddersfield Road, Carrbrook. At present the rear of the pub is used as a convenience store with vacant space at the front.

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Next Month

Will it be trick or treat in October? We do apologise for succumbing to such clichés but whatever you do, tune in to our next thrilling episode on the 03 November 2018, 9am sharp.

S.V., 06 October 2018.

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