Temporary parade of shops completed in Beswick

Michael Hunt

Work is complete on a new temporary parade of shops in Beswick, east Manchester.

It includes the Beswick supermarket and the post office and chemist, which have been relocated just yards away from their former location.

The new parade faces onto Windcroft Close, opposite the police station, and a new pathway and grassed area is to be created off Grey Mare Lane to allow better access and additional car parking spaces for shoppers.

It means demolition of the existing units will make room for further construction of the new east Manchester Academy, due to open in September 2010.

The long term plan is for the shops to be permanently located in new purpose-built units fronting Grey Mare Lane once other building work is complete.

Eddie Smith, chief executive of New East Manchester, said: "Our priority is to keep these essential services open and easily accessible for local people while the work on the district centre continues. We've come up with this temporary solution which means these shops remain in the same location which avoids any inconvenience for the community."

Chris Varnava, owner of the Beswick supermarket, added: "This new parade of shops look really good and it's a great temporary solution until the new units are built on Grey Mare Lane. Feedback from customers is that they really like the new arrangement."

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