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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, November 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Tameside remembers the fallen;
  • Bonmarché enters into administration;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Rising Sun to The Fletchers Arms.

With winter on its way, our town centres should be preparing for the Christmas rush. In the next month, we shall be awaiting the Lantern Parade in Stalybridge and, across the borough on the 10 November, Remembrance Day parades. Over in Stalybridge…

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Stalybridge Civic Hall, 2015

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge to be The Cycling Capital of Tameside?
  • Albemarle and Bond and Thomas Cook closures;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements from The Red House to The Lamb.

With the exception of some good news in Stalybridge, this September has been a depressing month for bricks and mortar retail.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Crawshaw Group administration sees closure of Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde stores;
  • Magpie’s Nest scoops Tameside Retailer of the Year award;
  • Ex-Mettricks employee takes over Stalybridge butcher’s shop;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, as you would expect.
Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018: in just over a week’s time, the people of Tameside will be paying their respects to the fallen. As usual, parades will take place at most parts of the borough. Image of Hurst Cemetery memorial by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Crawshaw Group enters administration

In the last week we have heard about the Crawshaw Group going into administration. The butchery chain, which has branches in Northern England and the Midlands, recently expanded by adding Gabbot’s Farm to its portfolio. This September they agreed a deal with wholesale grocers Blakemore, adding Crawshaws products to Spar shops across the UK.

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Jessops, Fopp and HMV Back From The Dead

Manchester’s Market Street store, plus Stockport and Bury branches saved

  • All 25 Fopp stores saved;
  • Jessops resurrected as online business with limited High Street presence;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale stores still closed.

HMV, Market Street, Manchester
Second Chance: HMV’s Market Street store, Manchester.

On the 07 February 2013, it was confirmed that 66 HMV stores would be closed by the end of March this year. A fortnight on, another 37 stores joined the list with over half of Greater Manchester’s nine stores proposed for closure. This time, only Ashton-under-Lyne’s and Rochdale’s HMVs have closed. The Bolton, Stockport and Manchester stores will remain open.

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HMV to Leave Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale

And Manchester’s Market Street store also faces closure along with Wigan’s branch

On the 07 February 2013, it was confirmed that 66 HMV stores would be closed by the end of March this year. Today, another 37 stores have joined the list. Over half of Greater Manchester’s nine stores will close with a loss of over 85 jobs. The affected stores are in Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Rochdale, Stockport, Wigan and Manchester. Continue reading “HMV to Leave Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale”