Norwich Evening News by stephen pullinger
Traders are celebrating the success of a rents cut initiative which has more than doubled the size of Stalham market in its first week.
By the start of last month, the number of stalls at the Tuesday market had fallen from more than 100 at its height – before the arrival of Tesco in 2002 – to just three.
Stallholders warned that without urgent action the market would be dead by Christmas and North Norfolk District Council responded by announcing a reduction in rent for casual traders from £30 to £10 throughout September.
Yesterday, joining the ever faithful pet food and plant stalls and burger van were traders selling clothing, candles, bedding and cushions as well as a replacement windows firm.
Relieved that the car park at the top end of the High Street was looking far more like a market, pet food trader Steve Staddon said: “This is going to be do or die but there have been encouraging comments from all my regular customers so far.
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