Market Place Management, the UK’s largest specialty and local authority market operator, is delighted to have been appointed by Newcastle–under-Lyme Borough Council to operate the daily market located on High Street.
The appointment has been awarded for an initial five-year period with a possible extension.
In recent years the market, known locally as The Stones, benefited from a major upgrade, designed to improve the customer experience of the market and to provide new permanent stalls for the traders. Located in the heart of Newcastle centre, the market runs six days (Monday – Saturday) a week and is home to 55 fixed stalls.
Cllr. Elizabeth Shenton, Leader of the Council, said:
“This is a good news story for the town’s historic outdoor market and for the economy and vitality of the town centre in general.
“This new arrangement with Market Place Management, who have an excellent track record and vast experience in this area, will help the traditional market to develop its offer to suit more modern tastes and secure an exciting future.”
Market Place Management are delighted to have been awarded this wonderful opportunity to bring their passion and expertise to the market operation and are very much looking forward to working with the traders, the Council and key stakeholders to maximise the benefit of the market for the area and to improve its performance as a central retail offering.
Nick Rhodes CEO of Market Place said:
“We are thrilled to have been appointed to manage this wonderful market and look forward to building on the previous good work that has been carried out. Markets are only successful if they have buy-in from the traders and the local community. In our experience it is wise to firstly observe how the market currently operates before developing any strategies
or implementing any major changes if required. Our approach is one of engagement and we are excited about working with stakeholders to ensure the full potential of the market is realised.”
Under the expert care of the Market Place Management senior team, it is anticipated that a new energy will be brought to the market with new initiatives, promotions and an improved quality and range of the offer sure to increase footfall and interest in a market that will be animated and developed to fulfill the needs of the modern day market shopper.
Currently operating on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the General Market is open from 9am to 4pm each day selling a wide range of goods. The Antiques Market (operated by the Antique Forum Group) takes place each Tuesday and sells a range of antiques, collectables and vintage items.
The market is also home to the popular Flea Market (also operated by the Antique Forum Group) each Thursday where shoppers can pick up bric-a-brac and collectables. Around the Guildhall area on a Saturday the General Market is enhanced by The Farmers’ Market offering food from local and regional producers and also periodic craft and creative makers.
Market Place Management takes over the operations of the market in February 2018 for a five- year period.
Traders interested in trading at any of the markets should contact Elaine Burgess on 01782 742463.
For further information or interviews please contact Esther Haller-Clarke
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