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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Arcades Shopping Centre and open market

The Arcades at 25: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

A look at the Arcades Shopping Centre, which should be celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year

In 1995, there was two significant events that changed the way we shopped. One was the launch of Windows ’95. Microsoft’s more user-friendly operating system made the IBM compatible PC a ‘must-have’ addition to every home. Among its killer apps were the Space Cadet pinball game and Internet Explorer. The latter was a baby step towards Amazon’s path to world domination, which began trading in July 1995.

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WHSmith Dewsbury, 2009. Image by MTaylor848.

WHSmith in Turmoil: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

In this extra helping of The Ashton Review of Shops, we look at how WHSmith’s turmoil and wonder if there’s a way out

It is fair to say that at any point in our lives, we Britons have had some link with W.H. Smith and Sons in more ways than one. Indirectly, we have had our newspapers and magazines delivered by them, through a network of wholesale newsagents. In Tameside, for example, the nearest branches were in Bredbury and Oldham.

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