February 1, 2012 Express and Star
Fears that Walsall Market could be split in two have emerged as discussions over finding a new home for some of the stalls forge ahead.
Developers plan on starting work on the £30 million revamp of the Old Square Shopping Centre, creating a brand new Primark and Co-op, in the coming months.
Some nearby market stalls will have to relocate and talks are being held between Walsall Council and traders. It is believed possible locations could include the market’s previous pitch in Digbeth or Lower Hall Lane.
Chairman of the Market Traders Association, Tony Larner, believes around a third of the 100 stalls may be affected.
The uncertainty had prompted fears that the market, which is used by hundreds of traders, could become “disjointed” and hit stallholders’ business.
Mr Larner said: “I would be concerned if the market gets cut in half. The traders are very concerned. It took time for them to settle when they moved the last time.”
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