Sale is a busy commuter town on the southern banks of the River Mersey in Greater Manchester.
It has a population of approximately 52,000 and is host to over 200 retail and independent businesses. Pedestrianised shopping is easy on its tree-lined School Road and in The Square Shopping Centre, while a buoyant café and restaurant quarter is found on Northenden Road. It was thought that the opening of the nearby Trafford Centre would impact on the town centre, but that hasn’t been the case.
For its size, Sale has a large population of office employees and the town centre has nearly 1m square feet of occupied retail, office, leisure and other floor space. Situated at the heart of Trafford, Sale is easily accessible by tram (Metrolink), bus, cycle and car with the M60 motorway less than a mile away. Manchester Airport is within four miles. Metrolink is one of the most successful (and still expanding) light rail systems in the UK, carrying around 30 million passengers every year. The Sale tram stop is in the heart of the town centre. Sale Leisure Centre is one of the area’s largest leisure facilities, with activities and sessions for the whole community.
According to the 2001 Census, the town had a relatively high percentage of residents working in sustainable sectors such as property, business services and finance, compared with the rest of the UK. Conversely, Sale had a relatively low percentage working in agriculture, public administration, and manufacturing. The current unemployment rate is 2.4 per cent, below the national average.
Average house price (Zoopla, January 2019): £316,690
Location: On the southern banks of the River Mersey, Sale is located 1.9 miles south of Stretford, 2.5 miles northeast of Altrincham, and 5.2 miles southwest of Manchester.
Transport: Situated at the heart of Trafford, Sale is easily accessible by tram (Metrolink), bus, cycle, and car with the M60 motorway less than a mile away. Manchester Airport is within four miles.
Population: Sale has a population of approximately 52,000.
The Town Centre: Sale Leisure Centre is one of the area’s largest leisure facilities, with activities and sessions for the whole community.