Oldham Town Centre is the largest retail centre in the borough, with 1.29 million people living in the catchment area.

About Oldham's retail sector

Oldham has retail strength at its core, with anchor retailers (such as Debenhams and Primark) and a variety of quality independent retailers.

The town centre is seen by local residents as a main retail destination, with surveys showing the main reason for visiting is for non-food shopping.

Retailing is focused on Albion Street, Henshaw Street, High Street and Market Place, and in the Spindles Town Square shopping centre.

Spindles Town Square

The 55,000m2 of retail space in Oldham includes the Spindles Town Square shopping centre:

  • 460,000ft2 of retail space
  • 80,000ft2 Debenhams
  • 18,000ft2 H&M
  • 1,095 car park spaces
  • Other key tenants include River Island, Next, h&M, Pandora, JD sports, Waterstones and Boots

Catchment area

Oldham Retail Catchment Area Map


  • Primary population (darkest area): 179,605
  • Secondary population (purple area): 338,635
  • Tertiary population (grey area): 773,415

Available spend

The available spend of the principal retail catchment area (primary and secondary populations) for Oldham town centre is estimated at £2.36 billion.

Clothing, footwear and accessories:

  • Principle catchment: £312m
  • Total catchment: £785m

Comparison goods (including clothing, footwear and accessories):

  • Principle catchment: £825m
  • Total catchment: £2.06bn

Food to take home:

  • Principle catchment: £1.15bn
  • Total catchment: £2.87bn

Total (all retail categories including catering):

  • Principle catchment: £2.36bn
  • Total catchment: £5.9bn

(The total catchment is the primary, secondary and tertiary populations)

"Oldhams improvement in the UK retail venue hierarchy has been consistent over the last 4-5 years" (source: Javelin)