Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Visit Grainger Market and Be Surprised by; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Visit Grainger Market and Be Surprised by; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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IF it's a friendly, personal service, cut-price bargains and super atmosphere you're looking for - head to the Grainger Market in Newcastle.

The Grade I Listed market has traditionally been more of a food market with an array of fruit and veg stalls, butchers, fishmongers and cut price food outlets. However, there are many stalls selling a diverse range of goods from greetings cards and jewellery to beauty products, all at unbelievably keen prices.

Developed by Richard Grainger, the market was part of his master plan to improve Newcastle city centre and develop Grey Street.

When the market opened in 1835, the new Vegetable and Butcher Market was the largest and finest in Britain. It was two acres in area, with 14 entrances, 243 shops and two huge ornamental fountains where the ducks brought for sale on market day were allowed to swim.

Now, in the 21st Century, the Grainger Market remains a rich shopping experience where customers can experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional market with a real sense of history, while offering all the goods a modern consumer could desire.

The market hall houses around 250 shops and stalls, some occupied by the same families for more than 100 years. Today you can still buy almost anything and everything there and it's all under one roof.

Some of the varied and respected stalls include: ROBINSONS PET STORE Robinson's Pet Store was established in 1929 and has been dedicated to the service of North East pets and their human companions for the past 82 years.

The store was opened after poor service elsewhere.

"I'm sorry," the girl in the corn merchant said. "We forgot to order your seed."

Ernest Robinson was disappointed and told the assistant that this would not have happened if he owned the store: "My staff would make sure that customer service was our highest priority. …

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