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Affleck’s Palace to close!

Affleck’s Palace – arguably the heart of Manchester’s bohemian and creative spirit - is under threat by developers.

Published on February 13th 2007.


Affleck’s Palace to close!

…or is it?

Affleck’s Palace – arguably the heart of Manchester’s bohemian and creative spirit - is under threat.

The labyrinth of independent retailers on Tib Street is Manchester’s answer to Camden market and has been selling individual clothes, accessories, trinkets and unconventional goods to the Manchester’s non conformists for 25 years.

However, developers Bruntwood who own the iconic building, have yet to confirm whether they will renew the lease when the contract runs out on June 14th.

Traders fear that the building could be redeveloped, or that they could be forced out by increased rent. Affleck’s bosses have warned traders that they may be priced out of their own market due to an increased demand by developers for property in the Northern Quarter.

We are sure however that Bruntwood Chief Executive Chris Oglesby wouldn’t let Afflecks Palace, which means so much to Manchester’s identity, close. We just can’t see it.

But why have landlords Bruntwood failed to meet their legal obligation to outline their plans for the building at least six months before the lease’s expiry date? With just four months to go, Bruntwood haven’t yet announced a decision.

We want to stop Afflecks Palace falling victim to development. After all, would the Northern Quarter really be so desirable to investors without places like this adding to its identity and attracting visitors?

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

JoelyyFebruary 13th 2007.

We all know you should keep it. Fuck the flats, they can't even rent the one's built. What is the need. We all love aflecks. Its the heart of Manchesters induviduality. It's been there for years and shouldn't be closed now. STOP!

Steve WFebruary 13th 2007.

Afflecks palace is a relaxed environment for everyone who is "unique". It shouldn't be shut down, not for anybody or anything. Afflecks palace is simply awesome, something i read in an article on the MEN website about this, was that tourists do actually travel a fair distance just to visit Manchester, and one of its great attractions being a shop to many, and an all in all amazing place to visit. Afflecks palace has given alot to people, both mentally and physically, because people compliment others on their new clothes (bought from afflecks) and causes them to gain new friends. Afflecks palace is the place to be, if they shut it down... everybody will cease to visit manchester often, and manchester will become immensely CRAP.

ranting kidFebruary 13th 2007.

am sorry but people go on about kids causing trouble well its because of places like afflecs being closed down nearly everone i know only go to manchester because of afflecs so it would lose a lot in that respect everyone deseves to be able have their identatiy why not close down somwere else o i forgot they bring in to much money and for those of u who think it is full of undesirables and weirdos look at yourself you r the biggest losers of all following all these trend why are you all affraid to be diffrent

pamelaFebruary 13th 2007.

I feel like chaining myself to the doors of Afflecks.No way should it be closed down.I only come into Manchester to visit Afflecks and the Oldham Street area.I am very very very cross!!!!!!

angel_kittyFebruary 13th 2007.

afflecks palace cant close, with threats of camden market falling to development also, where are us "non-conformists" going to gather, afflecks, like camden, drew people from accross the country. =(

ranting kidFebruary 13th 2007.

am sorry but people go on about kids causing trouble well its because of places like afflecs being closed down nearly everone i know only go to manchester because of afflecs so it would lose a lot in that respect everyone deseves to be able have their identatiy why not close down somwere else o i forgot they bring in to much money and for those of u who think it is full of undesirables and weirdos look at yourself you r the biggest losers of all following all these trend why are you all affraid to be diffrent

pipFebruary 13th 2007.

i was at afflecks today.it is closing.surely the need of a place for the many people that go to afflecks is much greater than the need of more flats.all the people who go to manchester just for afflecks are attracted to other shops and therefore spend money.AFFLECKS WILL BE MISSED.its not just young "emo's" that go there. there is something for most people there. and it is one of the most amazing shopping places in manchester. Development is ruining the local community of manchester.there is no need.Afflecks is one of a kind!a huge part of manchester is going to be destroyed so the coucil can turn the individual building into pointless, OVER-PRICED flats that the council will make money on, with tax and such.A WASTE!ITS ALL MONEY MONEY MONEY!not peoples feeligs just MONEY!i could go on. im just highly disappointed.

bring back the soulFebruary 13th 2007.

what a shame. Seems as though Afflecks will survive. Since the build up to the Commonwealth Games began, manchester's soul has been ripped apart. The barrows, the market street stalls, the masses of underground clubs, the list goes on. Mcr needs a renaissance and shutting Afflecks might be the seed, although i think it will take more before the tables turn. Sad though it is - I'm a property investor now, making enough cash to get out of this hell whole and leave it to the idiots that buy the properties I trade.

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