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Tuesday, 17 March 2009


Hitchens store has for more than 25 years been a familiar landmark to shoppers on Stamford Street in Ashton.

Originally a Littlewoods store, it became a catalogue clearance outlet. Canny Ashtonians are keen to find bargains and the shop was usually full of customers rummaging for a good buy. The stock was mostly goods that had failed to sell through Littlewoods or other catalogues, so some things were not entirely desirable. Nevertheless, if your tastes were broad or you didn't mind last year's fashion, there were plenty of bargains to be had.

The store was closed after the company went into administration last November.

It is curious to note that the street light is attached to the building rather than to the pole, which now serves only to hold up a parking restriction sign!

See Google Aerial View of this location.
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  1. Once found the late Pat Phoenix (Coronation St's Elsie Tanner)'rummaging' in Hitchens, and obtained her autograph on the back of an envelope, which I still have.

  2. My partner is a Fleetwood Lad and remembers this store well. Very sad to see along with woolies.

  3. I remember this store as a boy but last year I bought a pair of tracksuit bottoms from them.....such poor quality! Not sad to see it close down for that reason! But generally Asda supermarket is killing the hundreds of small shops in Ashton town centre.. Not good!

  4. Who would pay for the hydro to run the light on the building?


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