Mixed reaction as Bolton Market traders move into new home

Mixed reaction as Bolton Market traders move into new home

The new market which opened on Tuesday.

Janet Crook

Nigel Palmer

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TRADERS at Bolton’s outdoor market — which opened for the first time on Tuesday — have given a mixed reaction to their new home.

Some businesses are delighted with their new location and said they have already seen new faces among shoppers.

But other long-standing stallholders were moved from the indoor hall a year ago before it was revamped, were being housed in the temporary cabins and say they were allocated new stalls only days before the move.

And some traders from the old indoor hall — such as Christine’s Nightwear and Underwear and Janet’s Books — had applied for a place in the “lifestyle hall”, opened by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer on February 14, but claim they were overlooked in favour of new businesses in a competitive application process.

Janet Crook, owner of Janet’s Books, also applied for a new shuttered unit in the outdoor market and said she was “delighted” with her new position.

Ms Crook, whose stall has been at the market since 1969, added: “They told us they were refurbishing the hall and we did not know exactly how long it would be. We had to reapply to get back in and were unsuccessful.

“I’m really pleased with this stall, it’s light, double-fronted as I wanted, and I’m really looking forward to the weeks ahead.”

Nigel Palmer, a jewellery store owner from the old outdoor market, said: “It has been really good and we’ve seen a lot of new faces.

“The fact we’re so close to the new indoor hall will help us with footfall and in the summer months it will hopefully be really busy.”

But the owner of Christine’s, who did not want to be named, said the fact she could not tell her established customers where she was moving made her look “incompetent”.

She said she applied to go back inside but was still waiting on February 10, five days before she had to give up the temporary stall.

She added: “I took over this stall in October 2012 and I don’t want to lose it. I worry that we will lose a lot of good traders here, who keep the market going.”

A council spokesman said the traders were told they were getting a new shuttered unit on the outdoor market in November and that all they were waiting for was to be specifically allocated one of the eight shuttered units available.

The spokesman added: “We have kept businesses informed and these particular traders were aware they had been allocated a new shuttered unit in New Street.

“However, we couldn’t inform them about this until the units were actually in position, which was last week.”

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1:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

arrian says...

NOTE TO EDITOR!!!!!
it's time you got some proper reporters! headline says 'FARNWORTH MARKET' then follows an article about 'BOLTON MARKET'!!!!!!
only about 3 miles distance from each other, but obviously written by somebody from space!!!
NOTE TO EDITOR!!!!! it's time you got some proper reporters! headline says 'FARNWORTH MARKET' then follows an article about 'BOLTON MARKET'!!!!!! only about 3 miles distance from each other, but obviously written by somebody from space!!! arrian
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9:21am Fri 21 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Did Janet's Books get a stall, if so where in the new complex is it and was she pleased or not pleased?????
Did Janet's Books get a stall, if so where in the new complex is it and was she pleased or not pleased????? Comment777
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6:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jangreene says...

As a market trader who is one of the ones who has been in the decant area for 12 months, moved again temporarily to another container whilst mine was moved, then had another final move, can I just say to the people of Bolton that the market is still a work in progress. The Traders, Management and the contractors are all doing there best to provide a great market experience for all with old favourite stalls and some new ones... We all know that there is still work to be done and improvements to be made in places, but we all believe that we still have a great market and ask that you bear with us as these works are completed and we all settle into our new stalls. I believe that this market will flourish given time and support from our local shoppers and I for one would like to thank you all for your support over the last 12 months and your continued support for the months ahead. Together ( customers, traders and management) I believe that WE can make this the best market in the North West if not the country!!
As a market trader who is one of the ones who has been in the decant area for 12 months, moved again temporarily to another container whilst mine was moved, then had another final move, can I just say to the people of Bolton that the market is still a work in progress. The Traders, Management and the contractors are all doing there best to provide a great market experience for all with old favourite stalls and some new ones... We all know that there is still work to be done and improvements to be made in places, but we all believe that we still have a great market and ask that you bear with us as these works are completed and we all settle into our new stalls. I believe that this market will flourish given time and support from our local shoppers and I for one would like to thank you all for your support over the last 12 months and your continued support for the months ahead. Together ( customers, traders and management) I believe that WE can make this the best market in the North West if not the country!! Jangreene
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6:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jangreene says...

Btw Comment777, Janet Books has got a stall!! She is outside (New St Side) in one of the new containers, the 1st one in the row and her stall is looking great!!
Btw Comment777, Janet Books has got a stall!! She is outside (New St Side) in one of the new containers, the 1st one in the row and her stall is looking great!! Jangreene
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