The future of Rochdale market

Date published: 19 December 2013

The future of Rochdale market was discussed at a meeting of around 60 stall holders.

The market has been taken back under council control following the sale of the Exchange Shopping Centre and Council leader Colin Lambert told traders that no decisions on the market’s future have been made as yet.

The range of issues discussed at the meeting included the importance of being near public transport links and affordable rent, the need to have lockable units and being close to other town centre attractions.

Steve Harrison, who runs the Simply Flowers stall, said: “Markets can only survive if they are attached to higher footfall places like shopping centres. The shops around the market bring customers onto our stalls and we push custom their way too. We complement each other.”

Monica Fowler, from the fairtrade stall, Fair For All, said: “A market has to be accessible and close to transport links because many of our customers use public transport and it’s difficult to carry heavy bags a long way.

“I think the market also needs a better mix of stalls. Supermarkets are hard to compete with because they’re like a one stop shop, you can find everything in one place. That’s what we need for the market.”

Inamul Hassan, who works at Classic Shoes, said: “It would be a good idea to give incentives to traders and shoppers. Maybe we could have step system for rents where they could differ according to how much money each stall is making and we could have special offers for customers.

“I think markets also need to have a unique selling point. Something like a food court, like they have in Manchester, could work well here.”

The market charter, the right to run a market in a town, was originally granted in Rochdale in 1251. The market moved to its present site in 1975 and was managed by the then owners of the Exchange, Cooperative Insurance, from 1994 until October this year when the market returned to council control following the sale of the shopping centre.

An extra market day will be held on Sunday 22 December with the market hall and general retail open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The market will open on Christmas Eve until 4pm and will be open as usual on Friday 27 December. The market will be closed on Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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