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Support Darwen market call
4:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
DARRENERS have been urged to support market traders by heading to the town centre to do their shopping.
The departure of a number of traders over recent months has left ‘gaping holes’ in the three-day market.
And empty units in the visually appealing market frontage have blighted the town centre for a couple of years.
But some traders have decided to act, expanding their businesses or setting up new ones.
Sam Halliday and Janette Roocroft already have businesses in Darwen Market, selling seafood and chicken respectively.
They have come together to open a new stall on the three-day market called Piggelicious, selling pork products on Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Janette, who also has a stall on Blackburn Market, said: “We just wanted to get something new in there as it is getting a bit dead at the moment.
“We lost one trader recently who had seven stalls.
“People come in and say there is nothing there so we are trying to change that.”
Janette said Piggelicious had also created two jobs.
Meanwhile, Tracey Baron has knocked through from her sweet shop in the market front to take over the next door premises.
The expansion will see her sell a range of traditional toys, dolls and board games.
She said: “We are all trying to build the market back up to make it how it used to be.
“We are giving people a reason to come and shop in Darwen town centre by providing products that were no longer available.
“We are doing our best so if the people of Darwen could support us that would be great.”
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