Ashton Under Lyne, November 2020

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

This month’s semi-reopened window on the shop windows

At this time of writing, four days have passed since the second lockdown. Greater Manchester is back in Tier 3, which in layperson’s terms is a watered-down version of the lockdown we came out of earlier. It means, for at least a fortnight (best case scenario), we cannot go to the pub.

Across the UK, the prognosis for wet-led pubs (which makes up a substantial chunk of Tameside’s licensed premises) and bricks and mortar stores is very grim.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s bare essentials only window on the shop windows

A lot has happened in the last month to our bars and retail premises. Thanks to the second wave of COVID-19 cases, we are now in the midst of a second lockdown. It is anticipated that England’s circuit-breaking lockdown would last until the 02 December.

In Tameside, along with the other nine boroughs that make up Greater Manchester, we had been in Tier 3 which has meant the closure of wet-led pubs. Since Thursday, Lockdown 2.0 (as it has been dubbed in some sources) would see the closure of non-essential shops.

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Arcades Shopping Centre and open market

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

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

Under normal circumstances, our shops will be getting ready for Christmas. Not so at this time of writing. With COVID-19 cases hitting record levels, any sense of normality may be out of the question for a year.

At the sharp end of the pandemic is our licensed premises, particularly music venues and smaller pubs (where social distancing is problematic). For over a week, our pubs have been hit by a 10pm curfew.

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

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

Has normality resumed? Well, in the last six weeks, there was some liberalisation of the lockdown conditions. Then, stricter conditions of our lockdown were imposed – announced only hours before coming into force. Our neighbours in Oldham had even stricter conditions imposed, some 300 yards short of a full lockdown.

On the other hand, football has returned to our borough, albeit with the loss of one of Tameside’s most formidable teams. Plus we got a new bus station.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

Have you seen any signs of the New Normal, or would this New Normal be a mere interlude in advance of a possible second wave? Whatever happens, August 2020 will be a world away from August 2019, never mind August 2009. Shortly after the publication of last month’s bulletin, yours truly got his first haircut in four months!

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

By the time you have read this, you may have had your first pint in a pub in 14 weeks. Instead of celebrating this, your first pint in a pub since lockdown might be your last for a while because of recent redundancy announcements. You might be afraid of catching the Coronavirus due to increased footfall and changes to social distancing measures.

This Saturday will be no ordinary one at that. More shops will be opening, as well as our pubs and restaurants. For many regular and not-so-regular pub goers, the experience will be an unprecedented one.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Shopping With Confidence, Tameside Style: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Ashton Review of Shops Extra looks at the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers

For some commentators, the 15 June 2020 would be seen as the day when normality returned to the High Street. With the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers, it has been represented as part of our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows

It is fair to say that in this edition of the Ashton Review of Shops would be little different to the previous one. Over the last week, these assumptions went out of the window. Especially as some parts of the lockdown have been relaxed.

On reading these notes, there’s every chance you might have been in a queue waiting for a Big Mac. Or caught in the queue to or from work.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s quarantined window on the shop windows

Once again, this month’s edition of the Ashton Review of Shops will be an unusual one. This, for obvious reasons, is thanks to the Coronavirus situation which has affected our businesses as well as our shopping habits.

In spite of this, some of our High Street businesses have had to make greater use of online services and home deliveries. Which, if you try to log on to any given supermarket’s website, is harder than reading James Joyce’s Ulysses from cover to cover.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

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

This month’s quarantined window on the shop windows

This month’s edition of the Ashton Review of Shops will be an unusual one, thanks to the Coronavirus situation which has affected our businesses as well as our shopping habits. Therefore, this edition, and subsequent editions of The Ashton Review of Shops till the end of the near-lockdown period will reflect this.

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