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 John Cleaver, who runs jewellery business Selvey and Co with his wife, Jane, says there is a buzz about the market since the reopening
Businesses like Routs the Fishmonger are catering for the more traditional shoppers. Daniel Finnis, who has started the business at Market Harborough with the help of his fiancee Danielle Heslop, said: “My father started the business at Wisbech, and we now stand markets across four counties.”
He described Market Harborough market as “like a breath of fresh air” and is confident that his business will do well here.
Only time will tell, but the signs are good, according to Malcolm Garrett, who, at 63, is one of the market’s longest established traders.
“Market Harborough is a good town to trade in,” he said.
It is regularly named in the top 25 best places to live in Britain and is one of the country’s most prosperous towns.
“The secret is that, although the town has supermarkets, they are within the town, not out of town, which makes all the difference,”
‘Malcolm says.
There is a real buzz about the market and the atmosphere is so much better
Malcolm Garrett has been selling haberdashery and wool on Market Harborough for many years and is delighted with the footfall following the revamp
   Daniel Finnis, pictured with his fiancee and assistant Danielle Heslop, runs an impressive fresh fish business in the food section of the market. The family stands markets across four different counties and saw the revamp as an opportunity for a presence on a busy, revamped market
Mark Perris (right), capital asset manager for Harborough District Council, who project managed the revamp of the market, is pictured with the council’s communications officer Matt Howling
  FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Days: Tuesday to Saturday, with a busy antiques market on Sundays
l Market Rent: Rent starts at £15 for the smallest, start- up stalls
l Market Harborough’s Claim to Fame: Market Harborough is at the centre of a rural area that was a royal hunting ground for medieval kings. In 1841, Thomas Cook, who worked as a wood turner and cabinet maker in the town, organised the first group travel from Leicester to Loughborough and went on to found the travel agency bearing his name.
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