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Old July 6th, 2019, 05:47 PM   #18161
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I don't think anyone really knows the answer to the problem of the Lowry Outlet, it gets the trade, but stores are leaving left right and centre.

There is still no announcement what this new leisure attraction will be that is due to open next door to Vue on the first floor, and the refurbishment of the interior has seemed to have halted really.

I guess we will have to wait and see what restaurants they sign upto The Watergardens?

Also Peel have no excuse to not be able to get good retailers for the Lowry Outlet, they have got some amazing brands for Gloucester Quays there other Outlet Mall that they own.
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Stretford Foodhall now open in the former Argos unit at Stretford Mall.
Saw a mate's post of this on the gram...remarkable. Does look the part.
Never have thought from the state of the exterior. Good offerings? Presumably so...said mate is a bit 'artisanal'....
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Old July 6th, 2019, 06:00 PM   #18163
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The Manchester Visitor Information Centre at Piccadilly Gardens has closed down and relocated to Central Library.

Gong Cha now open on Mosley Street.



Lots of work going on at Primark now after Central Perk opened. The space where Costa used to be has now reopened, as a larger space for Primarket along with the Harry Potter section relocating upstairs.





This is due to the former Harry Potter section on the ground floor now closed and behind hoardings.



Also a small section of the basement floor is closed and behind hoardings next to the lifts, I imagine this will be for the Barbers.



The shopfront is now completely torn out at the former All Saints unit on Market Street, for the new Metro Bank unit.



The pop up All Saints store on the ground floor in the Arndale has now closed down, with the store being emptied, I imagine this will mean the new store on the first floor will open next week?



Clintons are relocating in the Arndale to the former Vodafone unit a few doors down and opposite their existing store.



The thicker style hoardings have gone up around the former USC/Scotts unit in the Arndale, no indication yet who will be opening there though.



Huda Beauty is now open in the Beauty Hall at Selfridges.

The refurbishment of Marks & Spencer has now begun.





A large section of the ground floor is closed off behind hoardings.



Along with a large section of the first floor aswell.



Tinderbox Cafe has closed down on the first floor within Paperchase on St Mary's Gate.

William Hunt is now open in Barton Arcade.



Wok To Walk now open on Deansgate/Barton Arcade.



Black Sheep opening in the former Patisserie Valerie unit on the corner of Deansgate/St Ann's Street.



The former Christopher James unit on St Ann's Street has been getting fitted out for something, with floral arrangements around the shopfront and it looks like a screen or something fitted within the unit, windows are covered over currently.



The hoardings are now down around the future COS store on St Ann's Street, it looks like the shopfitting of the store has now begun too.



It looks like Bosu has closed down on Cross Street.

Looks like some work is happening in the former TSB unit on Cross Street, the windows are now fully white washed over with lights on within the unit, possibly stripping the unit out ready for new retailer?

Over Under Coffee is now open on Deansgate.



A lovely little refurbishment of the M3 and Swoon units on Bridge Street.



Grindsmith now reopen on Bridge Street.



Jordan Fishwick now open at the Great Northern on Deansgate.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 07:37 PM   #18164
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Well the Quays really needs a proper supermarket. Maybe Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons/someone could come in and knock through a few units to create a big supermarket?

Beyond that it's going to be about maximising the number of apartments and offices in the area and hope that that leads to increased demand for retail
Not sure on the need for as supermarket to be honest.

If there was there is already the empty Morrisons at Ordsall . It lasted all of 3 years and has sat empty for 3 years.

Equally as far as I can tell Booths at MediaCity has all but given up on the supermarket front.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 11:30 PM   #18165
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Old July 7th, 2019, 09:11 AM   #18166
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Well the Quays really needs a proper supermarket. Maybe Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons/someone could come in and knock through a few units to create a big supermarket?

Beyond that it's going to be about maximising the number of apartments and offices in the area and hope that that leads to increased demand for retail
Maybe the new Sainsbury’s Local will give Booths a run for its money. I know a lot of people who live on the Quays and their biggest complaint is not availability but cost. They shop further afield because it’s cheaper.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 10:02 AM   #18167
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Maybe the new Sainsbury’s Local will give Booths a run for its money. I know a lot of people who live on the Quays and their biggest complaint is not availability but cost. They shop further afield because it’s cheaper.
Agreed. That Booths is ridiculous. I’m all for supporting local brands but some of the prices in there are just insane

The Morrison’s at Ordsall failed because it’s not really Salford Quays, and is not easy for SQ residents to access on foot. A supermarket in the Lowry would be much more accessible and a better success, IMO. It would also bring in the footfall
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Old July 7th, 2019, 11:42 AM   #18168
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I think it was a combo of Morrison's being in a bit of financial trouble at that point (because they were yet to move into online) and that store not at that point being especially busy. Funnily enough, with the amount of apartments going up there now, they may well regret moving out.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 04:28 PM   #18169
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Morrisons in Ordsall was perfectly accessible from Salford Quays, just as the very busy Tesco Express a few doors down is. Unfortunately a store the size of that Morrisons needs to attract customers in cars from a much wider area than just the Quays/Ordsall and it didn't. It is customers driving to the store in cars doing big weekly shops, where large supermarkets make their profits. Unfortunately Morrisons location was wrong, it's layout was wrong (the car park and entrance hidden around the back) putting a lot of customers off even attempting to shop there. Within a five-ten minute drive there are two Tesco Extra hypermarkets and a very big and well established Sainsbury's. As well as a more convenient Tesco Express with obvious parking which was still picking up a lot of the quick top-up shops. Morrisons had also overpaid for the site in the last gasp of the superstore space-race. When the market changed and Morrisons desperately needed to save money, they closed a whole raft of loss-making stores including this one. Had Morrisons been in better financial shape they probably would have kept it open a bit longer and stomached the losses in the hope its fortunes turned around, though even with the new apartments I doubt it would have done that much better.

A full size supermarket in the Lowry is also a no-go. Unless there's already city centre/central London levels of footfall and population density there simply isn't the level of custom to support it without easy access and a decent car park (MSCP doesn't count) and it would fail just as the Ordsall Morrisons did. You'll only ever see a "Local" or "Express" type store open around here and then they would want it to have a street frontage, so it wouldn't be constrained by the malls opening hours. Most supermarket chains have been pulling out of malls in recent years as they are restrictive and expensive places to operate from.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 07:49 PM   #18170
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Not sure if mentioned, Wilko in the Arcades in Ashton is closed now, while they move into the new store at Tameside One, to open on the 10th. The Arcades looks pretty bleak now, especially upstairs where there's next to nothing.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 08:07 PM   #18171
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Not sure if mentioned, Wilko in the Arcades in Ashton is closed now, while they move into the new store at Tameside One, to open on the 10th. The Arcades looks pretty bleak now, especially upstairs where there's next to nothing.

Time to wait and see if the Primark rumour becomes true, it would certainly help breathe live back into The Arcades and act as a great anchor to the centre especially having an entrance by the new transport interchange.

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I’ve heard rumours from a shopping centre employee that Primark are interested in taking the former Wilko and Argos unit in the Ashton-under-Lyne Arcades.



If true, the ex-Argos will become a lift and escalator lobby with an entrance leading to the new bus station. The store itself would occupy the former Wilko unit and over The Works and Superdrug.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 08:40 PM   #18172
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I think what has killed ashton is denton crown point. All the main shops just moved over to it. Not very good planning by tameside council. I went to ashton for the 1st time in about 10 years last sunday and i couldnt believe how dead it is compared to how it was when i was a child. Sad times.
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The Ashton Topshop closure didn't surprise me at all. The store hasn't been refurbished inside or out in 15-20 years, and is absolutely tiny, never has anyone in it.
The interior of Next in the Arcades is equally old and tired, I'm sort of confused as to why it exists considering the Snipe store is much bigger and more modern. From the wrong angle it can look like a closed shop too, as one of the entrances is permanently locked.
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I think what has killed ashton is denton crown point. All the main shops just moved over to it. Not very good planning by tameside council. I went to ashton for the 1st time in about 10 years last sunday and i couldnt believe how dead it is compared to how it was when i was a child. Sad times.
The irony of course is that Crown Point is slowly dying too.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 12:27 PM   #18175
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A full size supermarket in the Lowry is also a no-go. Unless there's already city centre/central London levels of footfall and population density there simply isn't the level of custom to support it without easy access and a decent car park (MSCP doesn't count) and it would fail just as the Ordsall Morrisons did. You'll only ever see a "Local" or "Express" type store open around here and then they would want it to have a street frontage, so it wouldn't be constrained by the malls opening hours. Most supermarket chains have been pulling out of malls in recent years as they are restrictive and expensive places to operate from.
I don't think that's unreasonable, either. Media City and the surrounding area is almost becoming a mini city centre, of sorts.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 02:48 PM   #18176
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Lambretta has opened in the former New Look Mens unit on Lower Regent Crescent at the Trafford Centre.

The Music Store has relocated to the former Bose unit on Upper Regent Crescent.

The M&S Back To School shop is reopening once again, in the former DKNY unit on Lower Peel Avenue.

Also the new Greggs store on Lower Regent Crescent is due to open late July.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 08:51 PM   #18178
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Greggs are planning to open in the former Terrence Paul unit at Peter House facing St Peter’s Square, a new planning application is now online for store signage.

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Unit 6 Peter House Ground Floor Oxford Street Manchester M1 5AN

Three no. fascia signs, three internal vinyl graphics, 1 x projecting box sign and two internal posters.

https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-...iveTab=summary
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Some changes to come at West One in Eccles, a new planning application has gone online to change the use of the former WHSmith unit to mixed A1 retail/D2 leisure usage.

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Unit 13 West One Retail Park West One Way Salford M50 1ZD

Change of Use from Class A1 (Retail) to Class A1 (Retail) and / or Class D2 (Leisure)

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This is so Pure Gym can relocate to the former WHSmith unit. Then the existing Pure Gym unit can be combined with the former Poundworld unit and vacant unit next door, to create a larger amalgamated unit for a future retailer.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 02:35 PM   #18180
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X1 Media City Tower two. Now open

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