Traders starting to rebuild livelihoods

The New Market in Waterloo Road - another casualty of the economy
The New Market in Waterloo Road - another casualty of the economy
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Traders who were hit with a seven-day notice to vacate the market they had worked in for years have set up new stalls across Blackpool.

Businesses in New Market on Waterloo Road, South Shore, were notified on January 10 the Waterloo Road premises would be closing the following Friday when landlords In Shops Centres Ltd went bankrupt.

Now traders have found new locations across town and say they are trying to put back together the businesses they feared they may lose.

Traders have told The Gazette they are trying to maintain the community feel of the close-knit market with many staying in close proximity of one another in South Shore.

Prime Cuts butchers has moved on to Bond Street along with the shoe repair and key cutting stall.

Jazz Chauhan, who ran the shoe and key business since New Market opened in the late 70s, said: “We’ve lost a lot of money and business so it’s good to be back trading.”

Nick Lunsden, who opened the market’s electronic cigarettes stall in May 2013, has opened up at 266 Lytham Road, South Shore.

He said: “It was like a smack in the teeth being told to leave, we were doing really well.

“I was worried about my livelihood but this is a new start and another opportunity.”

Ian Crocker is in the process of relocating Crocker’s DIY, which ran in the market for nine years, to 59D Byron Street, South Shore.

The businessman said: “It was heartbreaking when the market closed, it cut the heart out of the community. We’re all trying to relocate around the area now. I was out of work eight weeks before this, it was really frustrating.”

The homeware and veg stall is looking to relocate to Waterloo Road.

And Crystal Cherries Jewellery, Barry’s Books, Hatccessories, the underwear stall, Gelicious Baskets And Gifts and Gelicious Nails have moved to the Mini Mall on Church Street, Blackpool.