Traders in Preston’s award-winning Market Hall are complaining of an all-time low in customer footfall.
It comes as two stalls stopped trading from the glass hall in quick succession, ending their contracts with Preston City Council.
Business owners have blamed the cold for declining customer numbers but also say the closure of the old market hall car park has hit footfall even further.
This, coupled with higher rent, has led one trader to say the stalls were better off in the old market while another says she has had to give customers their money back.
Traders say their concerns have been met with silence from the city authority.
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It’s cramped, without any character, with doors opened at either end it’s very draughty. Whoever designed, doesn’t understand the market concept.
They changed the layout of the roads, and took away parking.. There is barely any decent shops anymore.. half of shops are empty.. the council has managed to mess up the town centre..
Should have revamped the old market. Also lost the car park which I found handy for market
Towns keep creating no car areas so i can’t get to the shops. So now I virtually do all my shopping online, fresh food use my local supermarket
One simple solution...lower the rent.
I personally like the new market , Redmonds is the best stall in there
The old market hall was a dump. It may have had a heyday, but it was well over. Perhaps the town hall will offer a reduction in rent over the winter months as a means to keep their tenants?
The entire building should have been extended to Lancaster Road, thus making sure there was enough space for a much better variety of stalls. Also the rents should be reduced until the new car park is completed, it needs to be completely glassed in or whatever to make it warm and appealing.
We try our best to shop there but it’s difficult. It’s too cold and we can’t get everything we need. There’s nowhere to buy bread and not as much choice of other foods.
Preston Council never once asked the people of Preston what they wanted, they just went ahead and built the thing,
Those of us who suggested at the time that this scheme was a bad idea were dismissed as negative, short sighted and “anti-Preston” Certainly appears that we had a point.
They should have kept the indoor market and car park and perhaps used the money they’ve wasted on the outdoor market to renovate the indoor market.