Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

The Wonder of… B&M? Which Store Chains Have The Old Woolies Magic?

An Ashton Review of Shops Extra report

In what has been yet another cheerless week thanks to That Pandemic, there was a rumour on Twitter that 2020 would have been saved by the return of an iconic store chain. Local and national newspapers picked up on it, in the vain hope its return would reenergise the High Street. The return of Woolworth to our High Street would have been a neat Christmas present.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Denton Wellness Centre opens;
  • Historic pub under threat in Godley;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from the Top Dog to the Joshua Bradley.

Welcome to the third Ashton Review of Shops for 2020, the last of the 2019 – 2020 financial year. This month’s bulletin sees our public buildings and public houses taking centre stage.

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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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East of the M60’s 2015 Advent Calendar is…

Based on one of our most popular posts

Once upon a time – three years ago to be precise, a series of posts on defunct retail chains became an immediate hit on East of the M60. The first one, entitled The Lost Precinct: An A-Z of Defunct Retailers led to two very successful spin-offs focusing on the lost shops in a Tameside context. Continue reading “East of the M60’s 2015 Advent Calendar is…”

TJ Hughes Returns to Oldham

Popular department store set to reopen in Town Square Shopping Centre

After a four year hiatus, TJ Hughes is set to return to Oldham. The Liverpool based department store chain which fell on hard times in 2011 will return to its two storey unit in the Town Square Shopping Centre. Continue reading “TJ Hughes Returns to Oldham”

Calling All Altrinchamians: Helping Hands Needed For Community Groups

Wilkinson’s Altrincham branch offers a helping hand to the local community.

The garden at Crossacres Resource Centre, Wythenshawe.
One example of Wilkinson’s Helping Hands projects, only a few miles from Altrincham; the garden at the Crossacres Resource Centre. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd.

At the early part of this month, East of the M60 looked at Wilkinson’s Helping Hands scheme in Wythenshawe. This time, only a few miles west, the Worksop store chain is calling on people in Altrincham and surrounding area to suggest a local good cause. Continue reading “Calling All Altrinchamians: Helping Hands Needed For Community Groups”

Department Store’s Grassroots Alliance With Age UK

Wilkinson Cultivates Blooming Relationship With Elderly Persons’ Charity

The garden at Crossacres Resource Centre, Wythenshawe.
The garden at the Crossacres Resource Centre, after being carefully tended by the Crossacres Cultivators and team members from the Wythenshawe Wilko store. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd.

Many moons ago on East of the M60, you may have read our stories on Wythenshawe’s new Wilkinson store. You may have read about the Worksop based retailer’s work with community groups. This week, team members from the same branch on Etrop Court, have seen the fruits of their labours at a local community centre after donating £500 worth of gardening equipment. They have also given up their own time over the past two years through Wilko’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme. Continue reading “Department Store’s Grassroots Alliance With Age UK”