December 22, 2011 Shropshire Star By James Pugh
An instant pop-up market could be launched to help bring trade back in to the heart of a Shropshire market town.
Business leaders in Ellesmere want to launch the market to drive shoppers back into the centre. The ideas have been put forward as part of £50,000 plans to spend money provided by Shropshire Council’s Market Town Regeneration Fund.
It comes a week after retail expert Mary Portas launched proposals to revitalise high streets and shopping centres around the country in a bid to fight back during the recession.
Ms Portas unveiled plans to help shops struggling to attract customers – including plans for a national market day and making parking more affordable.
The proposals in Ellesmere were discussed at a meeting between Shropshire councillor Ann Hartley, members of the town council, Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Mere.
The group wants to install instant pop-up market stalls in the town as well as new moves to attract tourists and shoppers.
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