The Stores That Tesco Ate: A Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten

A look at ten supermarket chains absorbed by Tesco since 1945

For social historians and retail commentators, the recent history of Tesco is peppered with twists and turns. Contemporary hagiographies focus on the store chain’s tax affairs, or their presence on our High Streets.

Much of the groundwork was set in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to Jack Cohen. After organic growth, the end of the 1950s onwards saw Tesco buying regional chains like Irwins and Hillards. Even so, their integration wasn’t all plain sailing: for example, outstanding debts; unsuitable sites; and planning issues. Its turning point came when Ian MacLaurin joined the Tesco board after being a management trainee. As Managing Director in 1977, he ditched the Green Shield stamps, a gimmick which only ten years before, drew shoppers to their stores.

The rest, they say, is your favourite humanities cliché. It set the store chain onto an upward trajectory. Stores grew in size as well as numbers: standard sized supermarkets; plus Extras, Metros and Expresses. Then global domination, and a loyalty card scheme that took the retail world by storm.

In our Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten, we look at the ten store chains that Tesco have acquired since 1945. Continue reading “The Stores That Tesco Ate: A Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten”

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Rififi and Amber Lounge reopens – with new name and new look;
  • Hyde United flies flag for Tameside in the F.A. Cup;
  • Papa Johns latest addition to Ashton-under-Lyne’s retail offerings;
  • Plus all the other retail movements.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Ashton Road From Crown Point, Denton, Lancashire
We think this image via Historic Photos – Lancashire dates from the 1950s. (Creative Commons License: Attribution – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Ashton Review of Shops is Up For The Cup;
  • Simply Clintons is up for the chop;
  • Hyde’s new store will sell you a chop, with a neat price drop;
  • Plus all the other retail movements.

Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops”

Ten Shops That Have Defined The Ladysmith Centre: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

An Ashton Review of Shops Extra Not So Perfect Ten

Ladysmith, Ashton-under-Lyne
Fifty years old: the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne. This is the Warrington Street entrance. Photographed by Mikey in Easter 2015 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

Back when the creator of East of the M60 was born, this entrance seen above was between two iconic stores: Marks and Spencer, and Woolworths. It was also the last weekend before VAT almost doubled from 8% to 15%. Warrington Street wouldn’t be pedestrianised till 1985, and the market ground had three roundabouts. A gigantic yellow-bricked hulk was under construction.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, August 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

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Ashton-under-Lyne in the 1960s: captured in postcard form. Image courtesy of Historic Images – Lancashire (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)

Better late than never. Please note that this month’s ARoS is later than the usual time of the first Saturday of the month (yours truly was otherwise engaged – on holiday that week). Thank you for your patience.

  • Dinosaurs and new look ‘Spoons make up the Stalybridge scene;
  • Co-op returns to Newton;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne rail engineering works update;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, July 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

No time to say hello/goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm LATE
“No time to say hello/goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m LATE”: an image of Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Photographed by Mikey in Easter 2015 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).
  • Market delays hindering trade?
  • Ashton-under-Lyne rail engineering works;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

After last month’s lull, a fairly tumultuous month.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Manchester
Haughton Green, seen from Werneth Low. Image by Mike Serigrapher, 2007 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)
  • Swish new premises for charity shop;
  • Updates on the Joint Service Centre and surrounding area;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

The last month hasn’t been that busy, apart from the fact that two shops have settled into their new units.

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Eatymology: A Tea Potted History of the Superstore Café

Feast of the M60 looks at how the superstore café has evolved in the last fifty years

Please forgive me for taking a well trodden part for this introduction. In my formative years, the supermarket café seemed fairly exotic. Supermarkets, when I was young, were small, in town centre locations, and a bit chaotic. The edge of town supermarket with its vast car parking seemed otherworldly. Back then, the Fine Fare hypermarket in Hyde, Ashton’s original ASDA, and the Shopping Giant stores in Droylsden and Denton were notable exceptions. Continue reading “Eatymology: A Tea Potted History of the Superstore Café”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Brushes and Walkerwood Resrvoir
Walkerwood and Brushes Reservoir: an appropriate choice of picture given that the Greater Manchester Walking Festival is on this month. Image by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)
  • More Ashton arrivals and departures;
  • Iconic café closes;
  • Updates on the Joint Service Centre;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

Over the last month, there has been more retail movements of existing stores moving to new sites.

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