Walkden is situated approximately seven miles north west of Manchester city centre.

Walkden town centre is currently undergoing a £70 million revamp to help it adapt and compete in a transformed and challenging marketplace. The comprehensive redevelopment of the Ellesmere Centre has transformed the town centre through the delivery of one of the largest Tesco Extra stores in the UK which opened in September 2010.

Walkden offers access to a number of community and leisure facilities. Walkden Gateway Centre houses the library, a GP surgery, employment support and community facilities. A short walk away is Blackleach Country Park with its fantastic views, walks and opportunities to birdwatch.

Large scale re-modelling of the Ellesmere Centre and Ellesmere Retail Park to create modern sized units has created over 70,000sq/m of new or improved floorspace and attracted a number of national brand retailers and businesses. Further discussions are ongoing in terms of attracting additional major national and local retailers to the centre.

To complement the major private sector investments, a number of public realm improvements were undertaken in the town centre including green space improvements and street furniture refurbishment. Further improvements are planned to improve the accessibility of the town centre for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport connections. 

Key Stats

  • Town centre destination
  • Major stores include Tesco, Boots, Costa Coffee, all major high street banks, Subway, JD Sports, KFC, Mcdonald’s and many more
  • Over 70,000m2 of new or improved retail floorspace
  • Over £70 million overall investment to date

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