£8m new Blackburn market opens to boost local economy
June 4, 2011 by Gareth
A brand new market at an estimated cost of £8m has opened in the centre of town in Blackburn in a bid to boost the local economy and regenerate the town centre.
This new market was built to rehouse stalls from the original Penny Street Market that had been home to several traders since the sixties. The new market hall has been greeted with a degree of dissent from some veteran market traders who have complained that the higher rent costs and longer lease periods of the new market will eat into their profits. However, market coordinators claim that these stalls will benefit from increased footfall to compensate for this.
The new market has seen traders come to Blackburn from around Blackburn, Bolton and the wider Lancashire county and even further afield with traders from Southport, Liverpool and Wigan trading on the opening day. This brings more variety to the market and gives local people more of a reason to visit. In a time when many traders are looking for ways to boost their income, a new and varied market hall could give shoppers the incentive they need to shop there.
If traders have been concerned about old patrons not migrating to the new market with them, they could benefit from producing leaflets communicating the change. For a clear way to signpost the change, poster and flyer printing could help. Bolton, Blackburn and the surrounding regions have all been home to thriving market scenes that may have suffered under a tough economic climate. However, the new market hall in Blackburn could give local markets a real boost.
The official launch of the market is planned for 9th July.