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Holdens Cafe in Burnley to close after 67 years

Lancashire Telegraph: Michael Austin has decided to give notice to close Holdens Cafe which he has run for 21 years Michael Austin has decided to give notice to close Holdens Cafe which he has run for 21 years

HOLDENS Cafe in Burnley Market Hall will be shutting its doors in November after trading in the town for 67 years.

Owner Michael Austin, 55, has been running the popular eatery for the past 21 years, but he said he has been forced to give the required six months’ notice on the unit as the business was no longer sustainable.

His four members of staff will also have to be made redundant.

He said: “Since last Christmas I haven’t been making any money – I’ve been paying my rent and staff and suppliers and I haven’t made a wage.

“I might as well sit at home and earn nothing, than work 50 or 60 hours a week and earn nothing.

“It’s disappointing, but that’s just how it goes. There are a lot of people who are worse off.”

Mr. Austin said that a number of factors have led to the decline of his business – and others on Burnley market who face a similar predicament.

He said: “It’s the same as everybody else really – increased competition, increased rents, and people are online shopping now so there’s not as much footfall. Electricity and gas and business rates have gone up, and my turnover has gone down.

“There’s a lot of competition now too from Costa Coffee, Rhode Island, and Marks & Spencers cafe. Even if everyone just takes a small percentage of our trade, it has an effect. Everybody will be disappointed, we have regulars who come in, but there’s nothing we can do really.”

Colin Hill, head of facilities management at Burnley Council, said: “It’s regrettable when any tenant decides to leave and particularly so in this case where within the last 18 months the council has given substantial support to enable the tenant to downsize and remodel his unit.

“The council has not increased rent levels for number of years and has met the impact of inflationary pressures, especially rising energy and waste costs, from its own bottom line .

“As far as footfall is concerned, given the current financial climate and level of town centre competition in the discount sector, targeting that same market customer, Burnley Market does faces the same challenges as many other markets and towns in trying to maintain customer numbers.”

HOW GEORGE CREATED AN INSTITUTION

Holdens Cafe was opened in 1946 by Padiham man George Holden, who ran the restaurant for almost 30 years.

The cafe has only had three owners in its 67-year history.

In 1972 George Holden sold the business to employee Terry Burrell who had worked for him for 20 years.

It was only when Terry was taken ill that he decided to sell the business and passed it on to its present owner Michael Austin.

Founder George Holden almost outlived his namesake cafe – he passed away only a few months ago at a nursing home in Padiham at the age of 101.

The Burnley cafe is an institution for many, and Burnley families have eaten there for generations.

Mr Austin said: “You get children coming in with their dads and their grandads. They remember coming here for their dinners when they were little.”

The eatery has also seen its share of famous faces – Shameless star Alice Barry worked at the cafe for 25 years.

Mr Austin said: “When I took over she was still here and doing bits of TV work at the same time.”

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4:39pm Tue 25 Jun 13

Izanears says...

Sign of the times I'm afraid. Anyway, best of luck and thanks for some super food and service.
Sign of the times I'm afraid. Anyway, best of luck and thanks for some super food and service. Izanears
  • Score: 12

6:37pm Tue 25 Jun 13

Kevin, Colne says...

Izanears wrote:
Sign of the times I'm afraid. Anyway, best of luck and thanks for some super food and service.
As you say, very much a sign of the times; and a sad ending indeed. I wish Mr Austin and his staff all the very best for the future.

There are a number of things that strike me about this story as being indicative of wider phenomena.

Firstly, the economics of independent retailing is very difficult and in some cases even with support from a landlord the business case simply no longer stacks-up.

Secondly, I have noticed a number of independent retailers calling it a day as the owners reach an age close to retiring or actually retiring. There’s no new generation to take on the mantel.

Thirdly, household incomes remain locked in a vice. On one jaw is stagnating or falling income, and on the other jaw is the inexorable rise in the costs of essentials. The latest Asda Income Tracker Report paints a bleak picture.

Fourthly, the benefits of raising the personal income tax have been completely negated by price rises in food, fuel and energy. Folks may have a bit more money after tax, which is helpful; but the buying power is diminishing at an alarming rate.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: Sign of the times I'm afraid. Anyway, best of luck and thanks for some super food and service.[/p][/quote]As you say, very much a sign of the times; and a sad ending indeed. I wish Mr Austin and his staff all the very best for the future. There are a number of things that strike me about this story as being indicative of wider phenomena. Firstly, the economics of independent retailing is very difficult and in some cases even with support from a landlord the business case simply no longer stacks-up. Secondly, I have noticed a number of independent retailers calling it a day as the owners reach an age close to retiring or actually retiring. There’s no new generation to take on the mantel. Thirdly, household incomes remain locked in a vice. On one jaw is stagnating or falling income, and on the other jaw is the inexorable rise in the costs of essentials. The latest Asda Income Tracker Report paints a bleak picture. Fourthly, the benefits of raising the personal income tax have been completely negated by price rises in food, fuel and energy. Folks may have a bit more money after tax, which is helpful; but the buying power is diminishing at an alarming rate. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 7

7:01pm Tue 25 Jun 13

2 for 5p says...

Mr Austin if you have kept one step in front of the game, you would not be in this situation .
You are very bad at running a eatery. You know what they ay about a bad work man and his tools . That's you. :-)
Mr Austin if you have kept one step in front of the game, you would not be in this situation . You are very bad at running a eatery. You know what they ay about a bad work man and his tools . That's you. :-) 2 for 5p
  • Score: -16

8:44pm Tue 25 Jun 13

Mister Red says...

I am sure the staff at Holden's will appreciate your support at this bad time mister 2 for 5p .There's nothing like kicking a man when he is down.You should be so proud.
Well ,there will be an empty unit now.Maybe you can show us how it should be done?
I am sure the staff at Holden's will appreciate your support at this bad time mister 2 for 5p .There's nothing like kicking a man when he is down.You should be so proud. Well ,there will be an empty unit now.Maybe you can show us how it should be done? Mister Red
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Tue 25 Jun 13

Amanda71 says...

Maybe 2 for 5p could show us all how its done. Im sure both my mum who has worked there for nine years and daughter who has worked there for seven would appreciate your input and wisdom, along with Mr Austins other two members of staff. Sadly this is a sign of the times and not as you put it bad management, other wise Mr Austin would not have been running the popular eatery for the past 21 years !!!
Maybe 2 for 5p could show us all how its done. Im sure both my mum who has worked there for nine years and daughter who has worked there for seven would appreciate your input and wisdom, along with Mr Austins other two members of staff. Sadly this is a sign of the times and not as you put it bad management, other wise Mr Austin would not have been running the popular eatery for the past 21 years !!! Amanda71
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Tue 25 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

well that's it, burnley market hall may as well shut the doors now, HOLDENS HAS GONE, there will in my opinion, as a market trader of 27 years, be no market hall in burnley in 2 years from now, its a crying shame, HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET, i have been going there for 48 years, if the market is to survive THEN THEY MUST START OPENING ON SUNDAYS, ALL YEAR ROUND, then get a private company to run the open market, it would be full within weeks, if the council don't put it out to tender, then its goodnight one and all.
well that's it, burnley market hall may as well shut the doors now, HOLDENS HAS GONE, there will in my opinion, as a market trader of 27 years, be no market hall in burnley in 2 years from now, its a crying shame, HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET, i have been going there for 48 years, if the market is to survive THEN THEY MUST START OPENING ON SUNDAYS, ALL YEAR ROUND, then get a private company to run the open market, it would be full within weeks, if the council don't put it out to tender, then its goodnight one and all. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Tue 25 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Mr Austin if you have kept one step in front of the game, you would not be in this situation .
You are very bad at running a eatery. You know what they ay about a bad work man and his tools . That's you. :-)
you are just a *******.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Mr Austin if you have kept one step in front of the game, you would not be in this situation . You are very bad at running a eatery. You know what they ay about a bad work man and his tools . That's you. :-)[/p][/quote]you are just a *******. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 6

10:21pm Tue 25 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

Amanda71 wrote:
Maybe 2 for 5p could show us all how its done. Im sure both my mum who has worked there for nine years and daughter who has worked there for seven would appreciate your input and wisdom, along with Mr Austins other two members of staff. Sadly this is a sign of the times and not as you put it bad management, other wise Mr Austin would not have been running the popular eatery for the past 21 years !!!
no he cant do that amanda71, his carer would have to be with him all the while,2 for 5p has really made my blood boil on this, he is just a p*****k and a first rate one at that.
[quote][p][bold]Amanda71[/bold] wrote: Maybe 2 for 5p could show us all how its done. Im sure both my mum who has worked there for nine years and daughter who has worked there for seven would appreciate your input and wisdom, along with Mr Austins other two members of staff. Sadly this is a sign of the times and not as you put it bad management, other wise Mr Austin would not have been running the popular eatery for the past 21 years !!![/p][/quote]no he cant do that amanda71, his carer would have to be with him all the while,2 for 5p has really made my blood boil on this, he is just a p*****k and a first rate one at that. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 4

10:23pm Tue 25 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

Mister Red wrote:
I am sure the staff at Holden's will appreciate your support at this bad time mister 2 for 5p .There's nothing like kicking a man when he is down.You should be so proud.
Well ,there will be an empty unit now.Maybe you can show us how it should be done?
yes, they will now join 2 for 5p in claiming benefits, but at least these people HAVE worked.
[quote][p][bold]Mister Red[/bold] wrote: I am sure the staff at Holden's will appreciate your support at this bad time mister 2 for 5p .There's nothing like kicking a man when he is down.You should be so proud. Well ,there will be an empty unit now.Maybe you can show us how it should be done?[/p][/quote]yes, they will now join 2 for 5p in claiming benefits, but at least these people HAVE worked. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 2

11:46pm Tue 25 Jun 13

2 for 5p says...

willie eckerslike wrote:
well that's it, burnley market hall may as well shut the doors now, HOLDENS HAS GONE, there will in my opinion, as a market trader of 27 years, be no market hall in burnley in 2 years from now, its a crying shame, HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET, i have been going there for 48 years, if the market is to survive THEN THEY MUST START OPENING ON SUNDAYS, ALL YEAR ROUND, then get a private company to run the open market, it would be full within weeks, if the council don't put it out to tender, then its goodnight one and all.
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HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET
It must of been a small market. :-)
[quote][p][bold]willie eckerslike[/bold] wrote: well that's it, burnley market hall may as well shut the doors now, HOLDENS HAS GONE, there will in my opinion, as a market trader of 27 years, be no market hall in burnley in 2 years from now, its a crying shame, HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET, i have been going there for 48 years, if the market is to survive THEN THEY MUST START OPENING ON SUNDAYS, ALL YEAR ROUND, then get a private company to run the open market, it would be full within weeks, if the council don't put it out to tender, then its goodnight one and all.[/p][/quote]QUOTE HOLDENS WAS BURNLEY MARKET It must of been a small market. :-) 2 for 5p
  • Score: -5

11:51pm Tue 25 Jun 13

2 for 5p says...

What BURNLEY MARKET needs is a Costa
What BURNLEY MARKET needs is a Costa 2 for 5p
  • Score: -5

2:08am Wed 26 Jun 13

Tommy Richards says...

Thanks to "Holdens Cafe" namely George HOLDEN, Terry BURRELL and Frankie MORGAN in 1959 for giving me a start and a brilliant career within the catering industry, which as seen me work throughout the World in 5 Star hotels, Military , Oil , Gas and Mining positions.
The Cafe in my day produced good wholesome nutritious food at an excellent value for money and was a leader within the town for producing fresh local food.

A sad day for Burnley when Michael AUSTIN closes the doors on its final day.
Thanks to "Holdens Cafe" namely George HOLDEN, Terry BURRELL and Frankie MORGAN in 1959 for giving me a start and a brilliant career within the catering industry, which as seen me work throughout the World in 5 Star hotels, Military , Oil , Gas and Mining positions. The Cafe in my day produced good wholesome nutritious food at an excellent value for money and was a leader within the town for producing fresh local food. A sad day for Burnley when Michael AUSTIN closes the doors on its final day. Tommy Richards
  • Score: 4

8:56am Wed 26 Jun 13

hasslem hasslem says...

the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street.

some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders).

its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go.

blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market.

a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love.

further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more.

birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody?

as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there.
the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street. some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders). its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go. blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market. a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love. further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more. birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody? as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

9:42am Wed 26 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

2 for 5p wrote:
What BURNLEY MARKET needs is a Costa
this is quite strange ? we have a very sorry story again about BURNLEY MARKETS, but no comments on here from the traders or management, just silence, maybe they also now fear that the game is up, there are large adverts in the market traders newspaper to try and fill these stalls, but no one seems interested as they have been running the ads for at least 2 years, it must cost a fortune, the only way to save the market and market hall is to let a national private market operator run it, come on burnleycouncil. give it a go? I do know what I am talking about as a full time market trader here in Lancashire with 27 years of market trading.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: What BURNLEY MARKET needs is a Costa[/p][/quote]this is quite strange ? we have a very sorry story again about BURNLEY MARKETS, but no comments on here from the traders or management, just silence, maybe they also now fear that the game is up, there are large adverts in the market traders newspaper to try and fill these stalls, but no one seems interested as they have been running the ads for at least 2 years, it must cost a fortune, the only way to save the market and market hall is to let a national private market operator run it, come on burnleycouncil. give it a go? I do know what I am talking about as a full time market trader here in Lancashire with 27 years of market trading. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 0

9:54am Wed 26 Jun 13

willie eckerslike says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street.

some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders).

its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go.

blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market.

a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love.

further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more.

birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody?

as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there.
well you wont remember the massive open air market in colne centre then ?it was run by a private company of which I was a trader, it was brilliant, they also ran the one in barnoldswick as well, and even ran a massive one at longridge, traders could make a fair living just off these 3 markets, traders woud sleep in their vans the night before to be the first in the queue to get a stall, the trader next to me came all the way from Wolverhampton to trade at colne, I don't know what happened but they suddenly pulled out of colne and barnoldswick,then it was not through lack of trade as every stall was full ( with a waiting list ) barlick finished they day they stopped running it, colne just dwindled away to a few stalls, as we see today, the company is still running markets to this day,and are packed with traders.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street. some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders). its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go. blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market. a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love. further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more. birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody? as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there.[/p][/quote]well you wont remember the massive open air market in colne centre then ?it was run by a private company of which I was a trader, it was brilliant, they also ran the one in barnoldswick as well, and even ran a massive one at longridge, traders could make a fair living just off these 3 markets, traders woud sleep in their vans the night before to be the first in the queue to get a stall, the trader next to me came all the way from Wolverhampton to trade at colne, I don't know what happened but they suddenly pulled out of colne and barnoldswick,then it was not through lack of trade as every stall was full ( with a waiting list ) barlick finished they day they stopped running it, colne just dwindled away to a few stalls, as we see today, the company is still running markets to this day,and are packed with traders. willie eckerslike
  • Score: 0

10:06am Wed 26 Jun 13

hasslem hasslem says...

willie eckerslike wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street.

some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders).

its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go.

blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market.

a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love.

further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more.

birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody?

as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there.
well you wont remember the massive open air market in colne centre then ?it was run by a private company of which I was a trader, it was brilliant, they also ran the one in barnoldswick as well, and even ran a massive one at longridge, traders could make a fair living just off these 3 markets, traders woud sleep in their vans the night before to be the first in the queue to get a stall, the trader next to me came all the way from Wolverhampton to trade at colne, I don't know what happened but they suddenly pulled out of colne and barnoldswick,then it was not through lack of trade as every stall was full ( with a waiting list ) barlick finished they day they stopped running it, colne just dwindled away to a few stalls, as we see today, the company is still running markets to this day,and are packed with traders.
no, i don't remember it at all. sounds great.

i used to work at matalan in the office in skem and the business started off trading the markets - paddys in liverpool, preston and skipton before they opened the first shop in bamber bridge.

similarly, fabrics place dunelm started on the markets in leicester

(and if you want to go back further m&s and i am pretty sure that wm.morrison was originally a market trader in bradford before opening the first shops).....empires can be built.

i guess on the non-food side a lot of the business of the pots n pans stalls have been taken by wilkies, home n bargain and b&m as well as the £shops.
[quote][p][bold]willie eckerslike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: the number of thriving markets seems to be (regrettably) on an inexorable decline....... i moved to pendle 10 years ago and was shocked how delapidated burnley, nelson and colne markets were - they seem to be a forgotten part of the high street. some of this is a sign of the times, some of it the fault of the council and a small part down to some (not all of the traders). its nowt to do with demographics as a rich place like clitheroe also looks dreary apart from some of the "permanent" stalls giving it a good go. blackburn for all its supposed efforts to provide a new market is at best a soulless and empty place. even the likes of manchester is a horrid market. a good market is a real asset to a town and the town trades on it.....look at bolton, ashton, skipton and bury.....each of these gives the town life - it doesnt have to be poncy alfafa and olives - it just needs a bit of thought and love. further afield there are great markets in knaresborough, beverley, northampton, romford and i am sure several more. birmingham indoor market is fabulous and the stalls reflect the ethnic mix of the town and it is jumping at weekend with an array of traditional english wares and more exotic items from afar......flying fish anybody? as a consumer - i love markets but tend to agree with willie eckerslike and predict the end of burnley market in the not too distant - unless it has a dramatic transformation - and then all the locals will be up in arms about losing their market ----- CLUE! it helps if you shop there.[/p][/quote]well you wont remember the massive open air market in colne centre then ?it was run by a private company of which I was a trader, it was brilliant, they also ran the one in barnoldswick as well, and even ran a massive one at longridge, traders could make a fair living just off these 3 markets, traders woud sleep in their vans the night before to be the first in the queue to get a stall, the trader next to me came all the way from Wolverhampton to trade at colne, I don't know what happened but they suddenly pulled out of colne and barnoldswick,then it was not through lack of trade as every stall was full ( with a waiting list ) barlick finished they day they stopped running it, colne just dwindled away to a few stalls, as we see today, the company is still running markets to this day,and are packed with traders.[/p][/quote]no, i don't remember it at all. sounds great. i used to work at matalan in the office in skem and the business started off trading the markets - paddys in liverpool, preston and skipton before they opened the first shop in bamber bridge. similarly, fabrics place dunelm started on the markets in leicester (and if you want to go back further m&s and i am pretty sure that wm.morrison was originally a market trader in bradford before opening the first shops).....empires can be built. i guess on the non-food side a lot of the business of the pots n pans stalls have been taken by wilkies, home n bargain and b&m as well as the £shops. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Wed 26 Jun 13

jack preston says...

the problem is as with all other council run markets,and thet is they have too many petty rules and regulations and no one in charge who has any idea about business or how to run one.the only day burnley market is busy is on flea market day and even then the market staff and management treat stallholders as morons..burnley as with other towns in east lancs need to look at the re-positioning of markets and go back to the open air or semi covered ones and take on more casuals at lower rents or better still get out of running them and let private organisers tender and run them on a 7 day a week format.if not burnley and the others will in the next few years have no markets at all.also themed market days should be considered,but for heavens sake don,t take too long to do something.
the problem is as with all other council run markets,and thet is they have too many petty rules and regulations and no one in charge who has any idea about business or how to run one.the only day burnley market is busy is on flea market day and even then the market staff and management treat stallholders as morons..burnley as with other towns in east lancs need to look at the re-positioning of markets and go back to the open air or semi covered ones and take on more casuals at lower rents or better still get out of running them and let private organisers tender and run them on a 7 day a week format.if not burnley and the others will in the next few years have no markets at all.also themed market days should be considered,but for heavens sake don,t take too long to do something. jack preston
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Sun 30 Jun 13

BURNLEYITE40 says...

used to LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
EEEEEEEEE there mince n chips oh yea man,.gunna be sadly missed is this cafe
used to LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEE there mince n chips oh yea man,.gunna be sadly missed is this cafe BURNLEYITE40
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