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44 MARKET TIMES • JUNE 2021 Traders line up to grab a pitch in
 Chester’s new market
 Digital wizardry shows the new market’s atrium
MORE than 50 traders have already applied for stalls in Chester’s new market which is scheduled to open its doors to the public in summer next year.
The new market will be at the heart of the £72 million Northgate development currently under con- struction, which will also include a new six screen cinema, cafes and restaurants, public square and a
multi-storey car park.
The dated existing market in a
1960s shopping centre had dwin- dled to 35 per cent occupancy when its fortunes were trans- formed by the arrival of a several stand-out hot food businesses.
As more shoppers began visiting the market for its hot food offer, the council invested in a seating area and soon the market was full again.
Although the pandemic has cast a long shadow over the market, the focus now is on the future with the council seeking applications for places on the new market from
all kinds of traders including pro- duce, goods, services, food and drink.
Andrew Lewis, Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council said:
“We will be aiming to select a range of traders who can provide the best mix of produce, food, drink and services, demonstrating great value for money and cater- ing for all tastes.
“We hope to announce the first successful applications in the summer.”
More information is available at
    Customers urged to ShopKind
THE UK’s retailers, the Home Office and indepen- dent charity Crimestoppers have a new and timely cam- paign urging the public to ShopKind after the reopen- ing of more stores, shops and markets across the country.
Abuse and violence towards shopworkers is a bigger prob- lem than many people might think, with at least 400 working in retail abused every day.
The #ShopKind campaign — supported by the NMTF — urges the public to be mindful of retail staff’s essential role in supporting people during these difficult times, and emphasises that we should all treat workers
and also other customers with respect, kindness and gratitude. The campaign is backed by the Home Office and sup- ported by major high street retailers as well as the na- tion’s independent shopkeep-
ers and traders.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“Throughout the pandemic, retail staff have been the life- line for many in our communi- ties, and I am grateful for their vital service.
“Violence and abuse towards shop workers is utterly despi- cable and unacceptable, every- one has the right to feel safe at work. “

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