Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

Our first window on the shop windows for 2018

Ashton Outdoor Market, night time view

  • Happy New Year from the Ashton Review of Shops;
  • Crafty Pint opens in time for Christmas;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We at East of the M60 would like to wish all readers a Happy New Year. Whether you read EM60 for the Ashton Review of Shops or our other articles, hello there. If you fancy keeping up to date with our posts, why not give our Facebook page a ‘Like’? (We know you want to).

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Merry Christmas from East of the M60: image by Mike Serigrapher, 2009 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Small Business Saturday and Tameside Christmas Market;
  • Bake and Taken?
  • Two for joy for accessories retailer;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

At this time of writing, we are now into the second weekend of the Tameside Christmas Market. In our opinion, Christmas doesn’t really begin in Tameside till the first trees are sold in Vaughan and Lester. With their delightful grotto display.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Further details of new micropubs in Tameside area;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

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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”

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.

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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

Ashton-under-lyne.jpg
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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