Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Market Traders in Talks to Extend Opening Hours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Market Traders in Talks to Extend Opening Hours

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Byline: RETAIL COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

BUSINESS improvement district company NE1 Ltd is backing a call to extend opening hours at Newcastle's Grainger Market.

Food and drink retailer mmm... and glug has taken to social media to collate views on the historic market's operating hours after being inundated with customers wanting to shop more often.

e small business, based in the 180-year-old venue for six years, has set up an online survey asking for opinions from existing and potential market shoppers, ahead of a poll of traders by Newcastle City Council.

Talks are to be held with traders on the potential to extend trading times, and the decision ultimately lies with the stallholders.

But if they were to be extended the move already has support from Newcastle City Council leader Coun Nick Forbes, BID rm NE1 Ltd, mmm... and glug.

Simone Clarkin, who set up mmm said the market needs to change to re$ect the views of today's shoppers and that changes could create new jobs and a boost to the local economy. …

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