January 3, 2012 Basildon Recorder
THE death knell has finally sounded for a struggling market that failed to pull in customers.
Traders at York Road Market, who were finding it difficult to attract customers despite a revamp last April, have been told by Southend Council it will close, pending a review, because of lack of custom.
Andrew Moring, the Tory councillor responsible for support services, said: “Despite York Road’s re-launch, our advertising campaign and publicity from articles in the Echo, people have still not been spending at the market stalls.
“We’ve spoken to traders and agreed it will shut for a few months while we do a review.
“We haven’t given up on it yet, but it’s not looking good.”
The market has been held in a car park since the demolition of the original market building in October 2009.
The number of customers has continued to decline despite the efforts of Geraud Markets UK, which was brought in to run it.
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