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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge leads the borough’s Tameside Pride celebrations;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne’s Wilko store reopening;
  • Boots and William Hill to cut stores;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Hartshead to Haughton Green.

The summer weather came into its own over the last month. Especially so on Armed Forces Day which coincided with that Saturday being the warmest day of 2019.

Stalybridge heads Tameside Pride celebrations

If you fancy taking a trip to Stalybridge, there is no better day to go than today. Why, might you ask is this Saturday any different to a normal Saturday on Melbourne Street? This year’s Tameside Pride celebrations will be taking place in Cheethams Park from 12 noon till 6pm. There will also be live entertainment, stalls, hot and cold food and the BarPop all day bar.

Whilst you are en route to Cheethams Park, why don’t you call in to one of town’s many independent retailers? If you want a good breakfast, we recommend Deli Felice and the Riverside Café as suitable options. Pop in to The People’s Gallery to see 500 artworks over the gallery’s three floors. If you fancy eating al fresco, look no further than Say Cheese, Boult’s Butchers or the legendary Tripe and Sandwich Shop.

Also on the same Saturday is the Dukinfield Festival. Taking place at Dukinfield Park from 11am to 3pm, there will be a plethora of activities including an inflatable assault course. There will also be live music, charity stalls, face painting and dance displays. If you are stuck for somewhere to park, fear not: free parking is available at Ravensfield Primary School on Clarendon Street. Then a short walk to Dukinfield Park.

TAC Tales: Wilko store reopening

As said in previous editions of The Ashton Review of Shops, Ashton-under-Lyne’s new Wilko store will be opening on the 10 July 2019. Cutting the ribbon will be Councillor Brenda Warrington (leader of Tameside MBC), Sally Backhouse (The Alzheimers Society) and Wilko’s Head of Retail Craig McGregor. They will be supported by Branch Manager Sam Kavanagh.

The Alzheimers Society is part of Wilko Stores Limited’s Wilko Charity Partnership. Also of note according to the Tameside Reporter, the repaving of Warrington Street should be completed by September this year.

Denton diversions

Over the last month, Denton’s Armed Forces Day celebrations were blessed with warm weather. With its plethora of stalls and live entertainment, over 4,000 people descended on the town centre. After lunchtime the focus switched to Victoria Park’s bandstand where Denton Brass serenaded sun-kissed music lovers.

Yesterday, the former Poundworld store on Crown Point North retail park reopened as One Below. Like its sister stores in Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde, everything that Poundworld used to sell, though with a few items priced at less than a pound.

Boots and William Hill to cut branches

In the last month we have heard that both Boots the Chemist and William Hill bookmakers have given notice over future store closures. William Hill have cited how regulations affecting Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have necessitated the closure of 700 branches. The move will affect 4,500 staff and cut the bookmakers’ branch network by a third from the present 2,277 branches.

In the next eighteen months, Boots the Chemist could be closing 200 branches across the UK. These represent 8% of Walgreen Boots Alliance’s branch network, and it is expected that the closures will affect “relatively small” and “less efficient” pharmacies.

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…

Another quiet one.

  • Planning permission has been sought on 47 Wood Street, Ashton-under-Lyne for a change of use from retail to mixed-use with a flat on the first floor.
  • The loft of 222 Stamford Street Central, Ashton-under-Lyne (the former County Bank) could be converted into a dwelling with windows added to its metal cladding behind the parapet.
  • An illuminated fascia sign could be added for new occupants of Unit 3 of the Arcades Shopping Centre. What is definite is that Greggs could be moving in there. Could this be a replacement for their smaller unit in the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, or a second attempt at opening a second branch on Warrington Street?
  • Deshopification could be the fate of the former Ron Hill Sports shop on the corner of Turner Lane and Ashton Road, Denton. Plans have been submitted for its conversion into two terraced houses with two bedrooms per dwelling.
  • On 282 Stockport Road, Hyde, a dwelling house could be converted into a mixed-use development with a ground floor shop and first floor flat.

Retail Movements

Two iconic Ashton eateries and a Mossley chippy have closed.

  • Savouries the long time sandwich shop on Warrington Street has closed.
  • The excellent Sorrento’s Café has closed, after years of serving sublime paninis as well as five different sizes of all-day breakfast.
  • A central dining area has been created in Ashton Market Hall for customers of Nat’s Bombay Kitchen and Tarp’s Filipino Street Food bar. Both are great places worthy of your custom if you fancy something different to egg and chips.
  • Heno’s in Top Mossley is still under development.
  • On a sad note, Alan and Viv’s Chippy on Stamford Road, Mossley has closed due to the owners’ retirement. We hope they enjoy their life of leisure away from the chip range; it is well deserved.

Pub and club update

Of little surprise, The Little Astley (Astley Arms, Tame Street) is still closed with depubification most likely. In the last month, The Forester on Fir Tree Lane, Dukinfield has reopened.

The Top Astley, (Astley Arms, Crescent Road) is still in the midst of refurbishment work. We cannot wait to see it in its swanky new look: only the best for Dukinfield’s oldest pub.

Another bar could be coming to Denton. As yet we have no idea as to what the public house will be called but the applicant’s chosen site is the former Royal Bank of Scotland on Crown Point. The applicant aims to introduce cold bar snacks as well as ales.

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Next Month:

Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 03 August 2019 at the usual time of 9am. Same bat time, same bat channel… enough said.

S.V., 06 July 2019.

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