MARKET traders remain extremely positive about their new home, claims a shopping centre manager, despite news two have left.
The Burton traders were once housed in Burton’s indoor market hall but moved to The Octagon shopping centre in March while the historic hall closes for a £1.54 million refurbishment.
However, since the move, at least two traders have left the market giving fuel to predictions from protesters that the new market would fail due to the low footfall associated with the first floor of the shopping centre.
Units on the first floor have been empty since Beatties closed and its last remaining business shut down last year.
Peter Hardingham, manager of The Octagon shopping centre, said: “Two traders have gone. One has been replaced and another should be joining in two weeks time to get us back up to what we were
“Traders come and go all the time both up and downstairs.
“The ones who have gone were those where had expected to stay for the duration (until the hall reopened) but there was a change in circumstance for them.
“The market is going extremely well. The traders are all positive and have settled in well.
“It has obviously taken time (while customers learn where they are now pitched.)”
The stallholders can trade for up to six days a week in the shopping centre – a change from the Wednesday to Saturday shifts previously in the hall. Some traders do not trade the entire week (pictured).
The market hall is now undergoing extensive work to turn it into a pop-up market with catering services including restaurants and cafes as well as reopening the first floor balcony and creating opportunities for a night time venue.
It has meant the outdoor market which traded next to the hall moved to Station Street, and the historic brick built units in front of the hall will be bulldozed.