January 24, 2012 Hucknall Dispatch
A RALLYING-call has been made for local shoppers to support Hucknall’s struggling Friday market and help it survive the impact of Internet shopping and the popularity of supermarkets.
A scrutiny panel investigation set up by Ashfield District Council is looking at how the town’s market, as well as Kirkby’s and Sutton’s, can be made more viable.
A report to the panel this week said markets had suffered through the growth of superstores and online bargain-hunting.
Consultations with the stall-holders pinpointed a need to improve signs to the markets, boost stall occupancy rates and bring in more innovative advertising to encourage new traders and increase footfall.
Other suggestions are to hold regular promotional events, especially during seasonal periods such as Christmas, Easter and Hallowe’en.
These could include Santa Claus grottos, choirs, activities for families and community awareness initiatives.
Further ideas are themed and specialist markets such as car-boot sales, farmers’ markets and Christmas markets.
There was a lot of concern about empty stalls.
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