It has been a while since yours truly had ventured into a Co-op for anything besides a pint or two of milk. Yet my latest visit to Manchester’s Corporation Street branch did involve two pints of milk and a box of tea bags.
Which Tameside shops are taking part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour?
If you have an autism spectrum condition, a trip to the shops can be a daunting prospect. One issue could be the bright lights, another could be the background noise. In a supermarket, even the sheer variety of items can be overloading.
As for the queues and the crowds, say no more… This eejit in his formative years used to squeal his way through department stores. Shoppers thought I was being mistreated when it was the bustle of John Moores’ most famous retail concern that drove me nuts. The background noise in Ashton’s Pound Bakery is enough to put me off from being a regular customer (the one in Hyde isn’t as bad for that).
So, how many shopping days to Christmas, now? If you’re already stuck for choice in terms of eating venues, Tameside is about to get a few more additions. Besides the KFC in Hyde, which is likely to open in the New Year, there is news of three more arrivals in Ashton Moss. In the last month, there has been a surprise return of an old name. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014”→
Last link with Ashton-under-Lyne Cooperative Society ended;
Ashton and Denton affected by Phones4U liquidation.
With one quarter of the financial year over comes the latest rent reviews. The recent summer plus fear, uncertainty and doubt over The Great EU Vacuum Cleaner Panic seen in the mid-market newspapers, may have been a fillup for the economy. Closer to home, the last month has brought mixed news for our borough’s shoppers. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: September 2014”→
There for us since 1844: from Chapel Street to Fir Tree Lane
In 1844, a retailing revolution was born. Chronic unemployment, high food prices and unscrupulous practices by some grocers led to the formation of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. This set the foundations for the rise of the Cooperative Movement, so much so that persons of a certain age can remember their Divi Number. By the start of 20th century, there would numerous cooperative societies up and down the United Kingdom. The concept would be copied overseas with equally great success.