Marple's main shopping centre is currently the star attraction in some new BBC comedy called White Van Man, starring Will Mellor. One of the locations is Hollins, a hardware shop where they seem to have disconsolate grumpiness down to a fine art. I remain loyal, but only tentatively.
Other new shops in the centre have popped up. Urban Gypsy is a new deli and cafe at the bleak end of Stockport Road. I wish them well, but it's not the best location. Further up on the right is a new bike shop, a terrific addition to the range of shops. On the restaurant side the Basmati Hut opposite Marple station is to become a Purple Pakora, part of an established chain of curry houses in south Manchester.