Stretford has a rich and fascinating history containing vital opportunity towards the identity of what a unique, reinvented Stretford could be.
King Street was a vibrant place filled with independent shops and the source of immense civic pride. The great philanthropist John Rylands played a major role in shaping Stretford’s High Street, with community at its heart. Today King Street is...
Stretford Mall has been at the heart of the town. Opened in 1969, it replaced the traditional shopping district centred around the former King Street. At the time of its opening, it was the sixth largest indoor shopping mall in the country.
Stretford Mall, or the “Arndale” as it was known at the time, was opened six years ahead of the Manchester city centre location, and was the sixth biggest shopping mall in the country at the time.
Over the years the story that Mohammad Ali opened the centre has been ingrained into the fabric of the community, although he actually visited to promote malt-based bedtime drink Ovaltine!
Today, Stretford is a thriving community with a strong desire for positive change within the area. There are currently a number of fantastic projects in the works which will bring about this change, including:
- Trafford Bruntwood Works LLP purchase of Stretford Mall
- Trafford Council’s purchase of the waterside Royal Mail Sorting office site
- Future High Street Funding
- A series of successful new F&B outlets opening to King Street
- The implementation of Stretford Cycleway and Mersey Valley investment
- Longford Park NLHF funding success
- Stretford Public Hall refurbishment grant success
- Victoria Park Community Hall crowd-funding success.
- Stretford monthly markets re-started
- The Civic Quarter Area Action Plan draft context