A NEW market in the middle of Basildon town centre could be the key to bringing in shoppers and boosting businesses, according to traders.
The town lost fashion retailer Peacocks this week after administrators running the troubled chain got rid of the least profitable stores, axing Basildon, but retaining Southend, Wickford,Rayleigh and Canvey.
There have been concerns for some time about the number of empty shops in the town and traders have called on the council to do more to promote what is there.
Laura Wilde, assistant manager of Interactionale, in Town Square, said: “The rents are quite high in the town centre and that is something which the council could look at.
“There needs to be more to attract people into the town. “I think a market in the town centre would help get things going.
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