Greengrocers are worried that another market day will damage shop trade in Ilkeston’s already struggling town centre.
Their concerns surround the Friday market, which they say adds commercial pressure on top of the traditional Thursday and Saturday markets.
The questions have been raised as Ilkeston’s Town Team plans a series of markets under the banner ‘Fantastic Fridays’ after winning £10,000 government money. The partnership says stallholders could eventually move into empty stores.
But South Street greengrocer Lisa Beadle said stalls are cheap to rent and are free from overheads, adding: “We are a small business trying to build ourselves up.”
Market stalls can be hired from £10 a day and her business partner Tony Marriott pointed out that shopkeepers had to find rent, rates and fuel bills.
Nigel Byrne from the Town Team said: “Each of the monthly markets we plan to run will have different themes so different types of products will be sold each month, and town centre businesses will be more than welcome to take a stall to promote their products and services.
“This project has been put together to encourage more shoppers into our market town to support all aspects of our town centre. It will also support the smaller weekly Friday market that is already taking place and shops in the surrounding area.”
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