Manchester’s Chinatown

Manchesters Chinatown is located in the city centre, in a compact area which is only half a mile square. The rectangle is designated as Chinatown. It is surrounded by four streets: Moseley Street, Charlotte Street, Princess Street and Portland Street. The Chinatown in Manchester is the Chinatown for Greater Manchester and arguably for the North-West as a whole. There are only around 500 people working in Chinatown which in comparison to the rest of the Chinese population scattered across Greater Manchester is a very small proportion of the Chinese community, however, Chinatown is the natural commercial and recreational ground for that scattered population.

Business in Chinatown

The Development of Chinese Supermarkets In Chinatown-

The first supermarket to open in Chinatown was Willin and after that Kwok Man Za Howhich was opened by the same owner of Willin, Mr. Fang. Later, these two supermarkets were replaced by Wing Hing Loon & Wing Yip in 1977. Then a new supermarket opened in 1973 called Woo Sang Supermarket which at the time was the largest supermarket in Chinatown which provided goods both for the household, and on a wholesale basis to the neighbouring restaurants.

Opening Dates and Supermarkets (Survey 1989)

•1970  Willin

•1972  Kwok Man Za Ho

•1973  Woo Sang Co. Ltd.

•1977  Wing Yip Supermarket

•1987  Wing Fat Hong

•1989  Hang Won Hong

•1989  Wah Hong

Structure of Occupation in Chinatown

Occupation                 No. of Persons    Percentage (%)

Restaurant                 312                    69.33

Supermarket                48                    10.67

Travel Agency              30                      6.67

Professional                 13                      2.89

Culture/Book-Shop       12                      2.67

Jewellery Shop               9                      2

Hairdressing                  9                      2

Community Worker        9                      2

Medicine                        8                      1.78

Total                          450                  100