Most read stories of 2011

Cars and football dominate the league table of the most popular stories published on Place North West this year. Click on the headlines to read the original stories.

1) Total Fitness closes in Edge Lane

23 Jun 2011, 16:57

The health and fitness chain has announced it has closed its club at Edge Lane in Liverpool. Total Fitness said it has vacated the premises in part as a result of falling membership numbers, due largely to "the rundown nature of the Edge Lane regeneration area and the associated difficulties in trading".

2) Woodford site to be used as film studio

12 Oct 2011, 10:51

The 500-acre Woodford Aerodrome site near Stockport is to be turned into a film studio. Regional screen agency Vision+Media has confirmed the move but it is not yet clear how it will fit in with an ongoing public consultation over future uses of the site.

3) Place 100, 2011

16 Dec 2011, 11:13

Revealing the region's most powerful property folk in the unique annual power list, in association with MC2.

4) Chester leaders strike cautious note as MBNA put up for sale

16 Aug 2011, 09:54

Bank of America has put its UK and Ireland credit card business up for sale, putting a question mark over Chester's largest private sector employer, with 4,000 staff. The embattled US bank said on Monday it had agreed to sell its Canadian credit card business for about $8.5bn to TD Bank and hoped to shore up cash further by selling its European credit card business.

5) JLL plans redundancies

8 Nov 2011, 14:14

Jones Lang LaSalle has started consultation with staff across the UK over an unspecified number of redundancies.

6) 'Reverse takeover' sees ex-King Sturge bosses seize control

15 Nov 2011, 10:09

Five out of the six people put on redundancy consultation in Jones Lang LaSalle's Manchester office last week came from the original JLL side of the business and only one from King Sturge.

7) Eastlands development JV moves closer

3 Mar 2011, 08:25

A joint venture between New East Manchester, Manchester City Council and Manchester City FC is to be created to deliver development opportunities for land in east Manchester.

8) Manchester City FC submits plans for Etihad Campus

19 Sep 2011, 11:12

Manchester City FC has submitted a planning application for a proposed 80-acre youth development and first team academy in the Openshaw West area of east Manchester

9) Manchester City FC details first phase of Etihad Campus

18 Jul 2011, 12:14

Manchester City FC proposes to develop 80 acres near its ground to create a youth academy and first team training facility. Public consultation started on Monday into the plans and will last until September, after which a detailed planning application will be submitted. An outline consent was granted in June to allow for remediation work to begin in the summer.

10) Fleetwood Town FC unveils new stand

14 Apr 2011, 12:45

A new £4.5m East Stand for the Lancashire football club will open this month which is the final phase of redevelopment at Highbury stadium. The stand will be open for Fleetwood's league game against Altrincham on 16 April.

11) Vodafone brings Jenson Button to Manchester

12 Aug 2011, 11:01

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Jenson Button will be in Manchester on the Bank Holiday at the end of this month to demonstrate his racing car as part of a three-day event organised by Vodafone.

12) BCSC: House of Fraser, Aubin & Wills for Liverpool One

20 Sep 2011, 16:11

House of Fraser is to open one of its new click-and-collect format smaller stores in Liverpool One. The Jack Wills spin-off brand has also signed at Grosvenor's centre.

13) TMP tourism manager put on 'gardening leave'

11 Nov 2011, 10:23

Alison Flint, head of visitor economy marketing at the Mersey Partnership, has been suspended from the organisation until further notice.

14) Nando's fills up St Modwen in Widnes

13 Sep 2011, 15:56

St Modwen has let the final unit at its £10m Hive leisure scheme in Widnes to restaurant group Nando's, weeks before the scheme opens.

15) Clegg announces winners of RGF bids

12 Apr 2011, 08:45

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced nine companies in the North West were successful in first round bids to the Government's £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund.

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