May 8, 2012 Express and Star
A night-time market could be introduced in a Black Country borough if it bags a slice of a £1 million government cash pot being offered through retail guru Mary Portas.
Further details have been unveiled about the Walsall bid to boost trading in the town centre, while other councils in the West Midlands are examining the small print as they await news on their applications.
Wolverhampton, Dudley, West Bromwich and Bearwood are awaiting decisions next month.
A smartphone application, loyalty card and extra training for independent retailers are also among the ideas to help boost Walsall’s retail fortunes.
The bid has been drawn up by the Walsall Town Centre team, which says a night-time market – including craft stalls – would offer “something different” and help to boost the out-of-hours economy.
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