Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Coming soon: a new occasional market for young traders;
  • Ashton charity shop opened by Coronation Street actor;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Roaches to Haughton Green.

The last month has been a fairly ordinary one, even with the Easter holidays.

Coming Soon: Tameside’s Young Traders’ Market

With Tameside College settling in their part of Tameside One, it had only been a matter of time before Tameside MBC added a new occasional market to the retail offer. Starting on Saturday 25 May is the Tameside Young Traders’ Market. This aims to offer a platform for youthful entrepreneurs aged 16 – 30 years old.

Taking place on the open/unfinished part of Ashton Open Market, its aim is to give young people “valuable retail experience” with entertainment and activities through the day. This will include climbing walls, musical performances and youth engagement sessions.

If you know someone who wishes to take part as a stall holder or performer, give them a bell on 0161 342 3268. Or you could email markets@tameside.gov.uk.

Peppa Pig tales

On Easter Saturday, Ashton shoppers were greeted by the ever-popular Peppa Pig. From 10am to 4pm, the porcine cartoon character greeted (and sweated) its way around Ashton Market. There was also a host of other sideshows including a pets’ corner, handicraft stalls and face painting, and an Easter Egg trail.

Closer to the Ashton Tap House and Browton’s Bottle Shop end of Market Street, our friends from Tame Valley Classic Car Club had a display of vintage cars. Many of which within the memories of forty-somethings upwards.

It’s fun to shop at the PDSA…

On the 25 April, Ashton-under-Lyne gained another charity shop on Warrington Street. This time, opposite the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research shop, it is the turn of the PDSA.

Lisa George, Coronation Street‘s Beth Tinker, cut the ribbon on its opening day at 11am. Inside, the charity shop is sleek and looks more akin to a High Street boutique. There is also interactive touchscreen tablets on one wall with a detailed history of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

One more for One Below

Following the opening of Ashton-under-Lyne’s branch of One Below, Hyde’s branch has opened. As with the Poundworld unit in Ashton, this too occupies a former Poundworld unit. The one in Clarendon Mall shopping centre.

TAC Tales: Update on Tameside One

In the last week, Tameside College celebrated its move to Tameside One with such fanfare. Over the last two days, we have details of another move: the long awaited new Wilko store.

On the 22 June 2019, Wilko will move from their present store in the Arcades Shopping Centre. On the 10 July they will move into their more permanent premises on the ground floor of Tameside One. Therefore for a brief period your nearest Wilko stores will be in Droylsden and Denton.

As for the progress of Ashton-under-Lyne Transport Interchange, a slight change of shared boundary material has been proposed. This time from gabions and timber fence to blue classic multi-brick with flashing. This will be used to mark the boundary between the bus station and the Assheton House flats.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section. Aye thank you…

As Bjork said in her most famous song…

  • A café could be added to a unit on Arrow Trading Estate, Audenshaw. This will form part of the Fighting Fit Elite Performance Centre.
  • Could the taste of Japanese cuisine be coming to Dukinfield? 161 King Street could become a sushi bar.
  • A café on 10 Ashworth Street, Denton could be converted to two dwellings.
  • Part of Squire Mill on Micklehurst Road, Mossley could become Paws Dog Daycare Mossley Ltd. The company aim to use 510 square metres of the building with capacity for 30 dogs and four employees.
  • Still rumbling on is the conversion of 53 – 55 Stockport Road, Denton into a House of Multiple Occupation. The building is listed and its prominent town centre location has raised a few eyebrows.
  • The former Hollies Surgery and Holly Grange residential home on Lodge Lane, Dukinfield has recently changed hands. For a brief period, it had been a House of Multiple Occupation.

Retail Movements

This month has been a little kinder to Tameside’s retail scene.

  • The former Chris’s Café unit has a new owner: it also gives us great pleasure to find that the former café’s unit on Bow Street has reopened as The Bow Street Café.
  • The curse of the Arcades Shopping Centre’s former Allsports/The Body Shop/Magpie’s Nest unit strikes again! Shortly after their move from Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Travel Guru moved to the aforementioned unit. Their stay was only a few weeks with the unit lying vacant. From our observations, a notice of repossession is pinned to its windows.
  • By the time you have read this, Beauty Zone may have set up shop in the Arcades Shopping Centre’s former That’s Entertainment unit.
  • Directly below the Beauty Zone unit, an occupant has been found for the former Value Clothing unit. It is, at this moment in time, an unnamed discount store.
  • XYLE More Than Coffee has ceased trading as a coffee shop, choosing to retain the fitness studio side of their business.

Pub and club update

Though plans to take over The Penny Farthing have made the headlines, it hasn’t been good news for two pubs in Dukinfield and Stalybridge.

After being tinned up earlier this year, The Forester has been re-tinned, pending a new manager. Though its rental value is quoted on vinyl graphics, its rents could be off-putting to potential publicans. Depubification could well be a likely outcome.

Whereas The Astley Arms (Top Astley) is in the midst of having exterior refurbishment works, the same couldn’t be said with the Little Astley. In the last few weeks, Tame Street’s Astley Arms has been closed. Once again, depubification could be in the air with a possible conversion to flats.

Bucking the pub closure trend is The Acres Inn on 120 Acre Street, Denton. Plans have been submitted for a single storey rear extension. The former Candy Cabin newsagent on Unit 18, Concord Suite could become a micro pub, cheek by jowl with The Silly Country.

In the last few days, The Prince of Orange – despite its lavish refurbishment – has been closed. A change of manager, pub ownership or use we wonder?

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Next Month:

Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 01 June 2019 at the usual time of 9am. Could this be the first post-Brexit Ashton Review of Shops? Whatever happens, same bat time, same bat channel and all that jazz.

S.V., 04 May 2019.

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