By Marion Sauvebois
A MARKET re-launched by popular demand in the town centre has lost its early appeal with fewer and fewer customers each week browsing its stalls.
Despite initial excitement and a steady flow of shoppers to Havelock Square Farmers’ Market after its inauguration in October, stallholders have noticed a dramatic drop in trade since the first couple of weeks.
If Swindonians fail to use it, the valuable community asset could fold, manager Kardien Gerbrands has warned.
“There was a great celebration about the market returning to the square but it seems that people have forgotten that a market can only be successful if people actually shop there,” he said.
“Stallholders for the last two or three weeks have been saying that it’s been quiet. My worry is that a number of stallholders will drop out. We only have 14 stallholders at the moment.”
He added: “It’s early days for the market and we will have a difficult period ahead in January and February, which is always difficult for markets.
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