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

This month’s window on the shop windows Parking peeves put paid to takings and footfall in Ashton; Tameside’s Christmas countdown; Plus all the usual retail movements, with a holly leaf on top Stamford Street’s state-of-the-art parking peeves Dominating the local headlines over the last month is Tameside MBC’s state-of-the-art parking system in Ashton-under-Lyne. Since the…

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…

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…

The Lost Precinct Advent Calendar – #23: Queensway

Everyone’s a winner (though ultimately some won more than others) So, we go to our penultimate door within The Lost Precinct Advent Calendar. We hope you have enjoyed the journey so far and that it has got you talking to your younger relatives about forgotten foodmarkets or defunct discounters. The Ad of Christmas Past Each…

The Lost Precinct Advent Calendar – #10: Hillards

Never Mind the Hillards… The Ad of Christmas Past A cheap and cheerful one with a shot of one of their superstores. This advertisement (which starts after a set of Yorkshire Television continuity) may have only went out in the Yorkshire Television region.

Lost from the Supermarket: A Trolley Load of Anachronisms

Several things which 21st century children will never see or hear in their local superstores Take a trip to a 21st century superstore, anywhere in the United Kingdom. Today’s stores are sprawling; some of which architecturally nondescript. Commonly, a great number have petrol stations and generous amounts of free parking.

The Lost Pubs and Shops of Stalybridge Town Centre

Loved and Lost on Melbourne Street, Market Street and Grosvenor Street Many Moons ago (well, last May to be precise), East of the M60 did an A-Z of defunct retailers in the form of an article entitled The Lost Precinct. This was followed up by a Nikolas Pevsner style guide detailing lost shops in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Onward to Clarendon Square: 1980s and 1990s Shopping in Hyde

A look back towards the Cheshire town’s transitionary period The 1980s and 1990s were a transitionary, though sometimes non too pleasant period for Hyde. At the beginning of the 1980s, it was along with the rest of Tameside affected by the high unemployment of Thatcher’s term in office. By the end of the nineties, it…