It has been just a year since the doors suddenly shut on South Shore’s New Market.
But now they are about to be thrown open again this Easter after a team effort to support retail in South Shore.
The Waterloo Road market closed in January last year, when the company In Shops Centre Ltd went bust, affecting more than 20 traders, who were given less than seven days to vacate the premises.
Affected traders were relocated to other premises across the South Shore area.
Now business owners David Clewes and Susie Gallagher have taken the market over.
The New Market is now set to re-open during the Easter period, with many traders already signed up, including stalls for discount foods, kitchenware, greeting cards, cosmetics, jewellery, books, tools and also a key cutting service.
A cafe that can seat up to 80 people is also being worked on.
Speaking after a visit to the building, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said: “I am delighted David and Susie have now completed the purchase of the New Market – this is some really good news for the South Shore area.
“It was a complex and long process trying to find out who owned the freehold on the building, but after continuous pressure from myself and senior officers at Blackpool Council, we managed to track them down.
He added: “David and Susie have a great vision for the building.
“Visiting their other successful small businesses in the Waterloo Road area, I know the New Market can thrive once again.
“I’m sure the council will continue to support them on this project because the building is key in making South Shore an important shopping area.
David added: “From the closure of the market to now, it took us almost 12 months to purchase the building.
“There were many delays along the way in finding out who was the freeholder of the building and without the help of Gordon and Blackpool Council’s Donna Taylor, it could have taken much longer.
David was a trader in the market himself for 26 years with a menswear stall and always had an ambition to one day buy the place.
He explained: “Over the years the market has been very good to me.
“I am looking forward to re-establishing it so that many other traders young and old can have their businesses in the market for another 20 years.”
Anyone interested in having a stall can call 07968 060442.