January 27, 2012 Yorkshire Evening Post by Aisha Iqbal
An action plan has been drawn up to save a struggling Leeds market which council bosses admit is losing them money– and which many potential customers don’t even know exists.
Pudsey market has seen a steady decline in recent years and the YEP has reported that dwindling numbers of stallholders and a slump in trade threatened to close the market forever.
The market – which runs three days a week – sits in a covered area to the side of Pudsey bus station, but managers say the location is “poor” and out-of-towners wouldn’t even know it existed.
The council’s markets service – which also manages Kirkgate, district markets, the successful Asian Bazaar and street trading in the city centre – has now drawn up an action plan which includes looking at possible new locations.
In a report presented to the council’s outer west Leeds area mangers, markets manager Sue Burgess said Pudsey market could “flourish” but a more “coherent” marketing strategy was needed.
However raising rents has been ruled out, since the numbers of stallholders is already low.
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