A Top Tea Treasure: Co-op’s Indian Prince

Feast of the M60 unravels a tea time treasure

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.

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Former Burton Shop, Old Square

Tameside’s Autism Hour, 05 – 12 October 2019: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

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).

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

More agony than ecstasy

  • Popular tea shop closes;
  • Plans unveiled for TAC demolition;
  • Old General depubification confirmed.

Ecstasy

Before we give you this month’s round-up, some of you may have wondered why this fellow was strutting his stuff on Staveleigh Way this Monday:

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

Shopping in a winter wonderland

  • Replacement tenant found for Burton unit;
  • Dukinfield pub reopens as café;
  • 2015 developments in Ashton-under-Lyne.

In the last month, snow and post-Christmas thrift was grist of the mill for Tameside’s shoppers. Though Ashton’s and Denton’s branches of Bank are likely to close this year, we can sure of at least two developments. Both of which in Ashton-under-Lyne. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

Happy New Year!

  • Two pubs reopen whilst another one closes;
  • Bank calls in the administrators;
  • New secondhand shop on Stamford Street.

Shortly after the previous bulletin went to press, two pubs reopened whereas one is on the verge of reopening (as a restaurant). Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2014: The Ashton Review of Shops

It’s (nearly) Christmas!

  • Two pubs set to reopen;
  • Recent additions to the Arcades Shopping Centre;
  • Tameside Christmas Market commences.

Taking us by surprise this month is the reopening of two public houses and another card shop for Ashton. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2014: The Ashton Review of Shops”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: November 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings

Ashton Christmas Market, opening day crowds
Only a month to go: St. Andrew’s Day sees the opening of this year’s Ashton Christmas Market. Seen above is an image from last year’s opening day.

  • New KFC opening in Hyde;
  • Five Guys set for Ashton Moss début;
  • Stalybridge comings and goings;
  • Long established electronics shop closes.

Shortly after last month’s despatches, the Tameside retail scene has been rather busy. So much so we were out by several weeks on one development. The imminent opening of Hyde’s KFC. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: November 2014”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: checkout queues
Bargain Buys’ first day of trading in Ashton-under-Lyne, 06 December 2013.

  • Fashion discounter rises from the dead;
  • Stalybridge hardware shop closure;
  • Raja Brothers takes over March Hare;
  • Three new eateries for Ashton Moss.

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”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: September 2014

Recent changes to the borough’s retail offerings

The Ladysmith Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne
A general view of The Ladysmith Centre, photographed on a quiet Sunday in February 2013.

  • Return of the Ashton Christmas Market;
  • Stalybridge health shop closure;
  • 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”

All at the Co-op: Cooperative Society Stores in Dukinfield

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.

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