Former Burton Shop, Old Square

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Retirement leads to closure of popular Stalybridge shop;
  • Iconic Audenshaw public house faces demolition;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from the Half Way House to Arnfield Towers.

Welcome to the second Ashton Review of Shops for 2020, which would also be the first one since leaving the EU. Within the next year, our country’s departure could make for some interesting reading in our retail scene.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Happy New Year!
  • Ashton Town Hall refurbishment;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Debdale Park to Woolley Bridge.

We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and thank you for supporting The Ashton Review of Shops in 2019. We hope you will do the same in 2020, because it is going to be one hell of a year. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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Armentieres Square Christmas Trees

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Small Business Saturday;
  • Christmas cheer across the borough;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from the Half Way House to The Dysarts Arms.

A certain singer would have said at this point of the year “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” This year, due to a General Election falling on this month, isn’t your normal run-up to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Melbourne Street Poppies

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Tameside remembers the fallen;
  • Bonmarché enters into administration;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Rising Sun to The Fletchers Arms.

With winter on its way, our town centres should be preparing for the Christmas rush. In the next month, we shall be awaiting the Lantern Parade in Stalybridge and, across the borough on the 10 November, Remembrance Day parades. Over in Stalybridge…

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Stalybridge Civic Hall, 2015

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge to be The Cycling Capital of Tameside?
  • Albemarle and Bond and Thomas Cook closures;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Red House to The Lamb.

With the exception of some good news in Stalybridge, this September has been a depressing month for bricks and mortar retail.

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Stalybridge Whit Walks 2019, Trinity Street

One Answer to the Million Pound Question: the Stalybridge Heritage Walk

A possible approach to the Stalybridge Heritage Walk

In our previous article entitled The Million Pound Question: Stalybridge’s Historical Quarter, we looked at the story behind Tameside MBC’s successful bid. We also looked at how the heritage walk should form part of a greater scheme. In other words, how the Heritage Walk should be accompanied by prospective private and public sector development.

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Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange, August 2019

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • System restore for Ashton parking scheme;
  • Tour of Britain’s Tameside leg;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Haughton Green to Waterloo.

Over the last month, Tameside’s pubs and clubs have been in the spotlight for positive reasons. One story that is likely to greet shoppers with relief are changes to Ashton-under-Lyne’s parking scheme.

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Former Burton Shop, Old Square

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • The Royal Exchange Theatre comes to Stalybridge Civic Hall;
  • TAC Tales: Ashton bus shelter changes;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Hollingworth to Littlemoss.

Over the last month, the sizzling summer weather gave way to flooding with parts of the Tame Valley affected.

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Ashton Market Tameside Pride 2018

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.

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Ashton Open Market, during the Tameside Young Traders' Market, 25 May 2019.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Excellent start for Tameside Young Traders’ Market;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne’s Top Shop/Topman store to close after 35 years;
  • The return of a legendary Stalybridge pub – on a new site;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from Littlemoss to Broadbottom.

Had it not been for the successful Tameside Young Traders’ Market and the proposed closure of a retail stalwart, a fairly ordinary month.

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