Traders give thumbs-up to new market

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By sarahlnewall | Friday, May 24, 2013, 08:51

BEESTON'S first weekly market in more than a year has been hailed a success.

Around six stalls were set out on Monday in Beeston Square.

The former Willoughby Street market shut down at the start of May last year because of the site's poor condition.

Owner Tim Pick, of Picks Organic Farm Shop, said: "More and more towns are having successful markets because of the horsemeat scare. Customers want to know what is in their food now more than ever. Something like this, in this location will only grow. I hope we can build a relationship with the customers and keep them coming back."

The new market has already received growing interest and a number of new businesses want to sign up.

Chocolatier Emma Ward, of Emma Lauren Chocolates, added: "This is my first market and I think that it is great. The location is perfect and we are getting a lot of passing trade. I will be down here every week selling my handmade chocolates and tray bakes.

"A lot of people have been asking about how to sign up and when the next market is going to be held."

The market is run by a not-for-profit organisation called Stall-it, which aims to bring new people into the town and help independent retailers reach a wider audience.

Director Carly Collingwood said: "We have a lot of stalls registered for the following weeks. The stalls that are here are all really great quality and people can tell that. I am very optimistic about the future.

"The market has taken a year of hard work to set up and I am happy with what has been achieved and it can now get bigger and better."

The Beeston market is every Monday, excluding bank holidays, from 9am to 5pm.



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