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Altrincham – it’s changed a lot since we started Altrincham HQ in 2009

And being one of the most active towns on Social Media, it’s safe to say a lot of people like to talk

2017 has been a massive success for Altrincham in general with the majority of what people are talking about being nothing positive

It says a lot that 6 of our 8 most talked about things in Altrincham are things that people are buzzing about

So what were people talking in Altrincham in 2017

Nandos Altrincham  
1. Nandos / Tim Hortons Opening

We revealed Nandos was opening in Altrincham in November 2016

It was the most talked about opening of the year until they opened on July 25th this year

A key unit in the revival of Altrincham taking the unit once occupied by McDonalds it offered somewhere for teenagers and families to go and every time you walk past it’s busy

And then there was the 2nd big opening of the year – Tim Hortons who most people hadn’t heard of before 2017 unless you were Canadian or had visited Canada

Tim Hortons is part of the fabric of Canada with over 4,000 restaurants and serving over 2 billion cups of freshly brewed coffee and we have finally arrived in the U.K with exciting plans to open across the UK

It opened this week and saw people queuing from 5am for a 10am opening – WOW!!

Stamford New Road CLOSURE
2. Stamford New Road

You could have read War & Peace and the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy several times in the time it took to resurface Stamford New Road

And once the town thought the job had been done Cornflake gate came along and the job had to be done again

It wasn’t a pleasant time for the businesses on Stamford New Road and nobody is quite sure how the work managed to take so long

Thank god for Altrincham we’re unlikely to ever see a Road closed for so long again #touchwood

Toast Altrincham
3. A restaurant based around the concept of Toast

Toast by name – Toast by Nature

Toast is a unique coffee house and eatery, in the Goose Green area of Altrincham, where, conceptually, everything will be served on toast.

Owner/Manager Justin Orange is the twin brother of Take That star, Jason, and has previously managed the likes of Teacup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Head Chef Ed Carr has previously worked alongside the likes of Mary-Ellen Mctague, at Aumbry, and at renowned Michelin Star establishments such as The Fat Duck, in Bray, and Eleven Madison Park, in NYC.

Bowling Alley
4. Bowling Alley & Laser Quest To Come To Altrincham

A Planning application has been submitted to TMBC to turn the old B&Q unit next to The Gym Altrincham into a bowling alley and laser quest

A few people said it’s a bit 1990’s White City

Most people said – totally needed for Altrincham

Fingers crossed this will become a reality in 2018

Regent Road Altrincham
5. Residential Residential Residential

People want to live in Altrincham and 2017 saw much of the town earmarked for Development

And these were the most talked about

Regent Road – Developer Citybranch and architect Project3 have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of Regent Road car park in Altrincham, which will include 70 apartments, shops, and a public square.

Altair – Apartments went on sale on spec for the forthcoming development – 59 one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses

Wharf Road – a 99-apartment development on Wharf Road in Altrincham went into planning recently

Bridgewater Road – a 48-home residential development alongside the Bridgewater Canal in Altrincham on the site of the former Rileys building

Goat Yoga
6. Goat Yoga
There was a peace festival in Hale Barns, Altrincham

And all anybody could talk about was Goat Yoga – yes, Goat Yoga

Whatever next? Dog HIIT, Cat Spin or sheep jogging … asked some

Slug And Lettuce Closure
7. Slug & Lettuce Closure

Slug And Lettuce has been in Altrincham since 2001 …. and in September it closed

In our opinion a unit that size is a big loss for Altrincham and the one BIG loss of the year

What will become of the old Slug & Lettuce in 2018?

Flannels Altrincham
8. Altrincham’s Retail Revival

Flannels, Jakes Shoes, Abakhan Fabrics, Honey Beat Vinyl Cafe – just a few of the new retail openings in Altrincham

Flannels – Flannels is the UK’s largest independent luxury retail group, specialising in contemporary men’s and women’s designer clothing, footwear and accessories.

Jakes Shoes – AnAward-winning independent, funky shoe retailer in Stockport & Manchester (voted best shoe shop in Manchester & fashion independent retailer of the year 2017) opened up in Altrincham

Abakhan Fabrics – One of the UK’s leading suppliers of Fabrics, Crafts, Haberdashery and Knitting Yarns. With 8 stores across the UK. And they chose Altrincham this year

Honey Beat Vinyl Cafe – Music Promoter Abigail Richardson has secured a lease at Local Creation to open a Honey Beat Vinyl Café in Altrincham




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