A PROJECT aimed at restoring some traditional trading values to the city centre is set to get under way following a successful trial.
Edinburgh Markets, a social enterprise aiming to buck the trend of high-street chains dominating the Capital’s centre, will set up a permanent home at Leith Street later this month.
Stalls will offer hot and cold food, crafts and a range of household goods in what will be a throwback to trading in past decades. The base, by the John Lewis store – which will be held once a week – will also offer display space to local artists and hand local traders a chance to showcase their work.
Organisers said it was a worthwhile addition to the heart of commercial Edinburgh, while local residents welcomed the move, pointing out it would offer variation to the area.
It should also offer a chance to former shop owners forced out of their businesses because of the recession to start afresh.
The creation of the market – which it is hoped will draw in tourists as well as local shoppers – is a result of a pilot scheme which took place by the Paolozzi foot statue at Greenside.
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