Traders told to shut up their stalls by the end of the week have been offered help by a businessman and their local MP.
Businesses in New Market on Waterloo Road, South Shore, were notified earlier this week that the centre’s management, In Shops Centres Ltd, had gone bankrupt and it would be closing tomorrow.
Now Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden and ward councillors have pledged to do all they can to support traders moving into new premises in South Shore.
And the owner of a town centre stalls chief is offering the traders discounted rates to move into his premises in Blackpool town centre in a bid to support those struggling.
Mr Marsden said: “I am extremely concerned to hear about the sudden closure.
“That area is a crucial one for the determined efforts that are being made to revive South Shore. This has been a very sudden closure and I am urgently seeking more details from the head office of the company that has gone bankrupt.”
Traders in New Market on Waterloo Road were served notice on Friday, from owners In Shops, that the centre is to close at the end of this week.
A spokesman for In Shops Centres Ltd said: “Due to the difficult economic climate we have been challenged with of late, the company and its subsidiary will cease to trade beyond January 17.”
The closure sees more than 20 traders, selling groceries, meat, jewellery, DIY goods and stationery, lose their stalls in the market.
The MP said he was concerned both with ensuring traders are able to maintain their livelihoods and also with the future of the large building central to the South Shore shopping district.
He added: “It’s a complex situation, the owners of the building have to be found, but council officers are talking to traders.
“There are cautious notes of optimism, we will keep pushing.”
Simon Hyams, manager of the Mini Mall on Church Street, has said he will offer stalls, at £35 per week, to traders without charging the usual deposit of four week’s rent upfront.
He said: “It’s a shame, they’ll be feeling very lost, it’s their livelihoods.
“We have stalls available that we can offer deposit free.
“We want to build this place up as a market.”
To contact Simon Hyams, call 07736 567368.
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