July 2, 2012 Yorkshire Evening Post
Furious traders in Leeds say they are losing thousands of pounds of takings and could be forced to close due to a monthly market held on Briggate.
Shop owners at Lands Lane, Thornton’s Arcade and Queen’s Arcade told the YEP that takings are down by 50 per cent when the Farmers and Craft Market is held on the third Sunday of the month.
And starting from August 5, the market will be held twice a month. A petition has been set up to move the event back to its original site at Kirkgate Market.
Lorna Potter, owner of Pickles and Potter, says footfall through the arcades significantly decreases during the market and that stalls are selling almost identical goods to the shops in the arcades.
She said: “I am all for helping promote the market but this is not the way to do it. It is having an adverse effect on my business, my livelihood.
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