Market move to give shopping centre a boost

Fruit and veg stall  trader John McSherry

Fruit and veg stall trader John McSherry

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A market will finally be moved back to the heart of Corby, six years after it was moved to make way for a regeneration project.

Corby market was moved from Queen’s Square to several different locations in the town when work began to build Willow Place.

Space was found for a few stalls in Everest Lane but traders say they have struggled at that site because there is little passing trade.

But now town centre owner Helical Bar has pledged to restore the market to its former glory by moving it to Corporation Street.

Bosses have invested £55,000 in 28 new stalls which will span the length of Corby’s main shopping street.

Town centre manager Daniel Pickard said: “We believe markets should be in the heart of town centres so we are planning to put ours straight down the middle of Corporation Street.

“Our traders have become established in Everest Lane but now we have taken down all the canopies and kiosks from Corporation Street we think the time is right for them to move.

“Since we decided to move we have had a significant number of inquiries from market traders saying they want to come to Corby.

“We already have a number of independent traders in Corby and they are a big attraction for shoppers so we think that the market will only enhance the offer.”

Mr Pickard added: “The move will certainly help raise the profile of the market in Corby town centre.”

It is hoped the new market will be up and running in time for the Christmas shopping rush.

Fruit and vegetable stall owner Jan Twells has been on Corby market for 14 years.

She said: “I am looking forward to the move.

“We’ve not really had a major problem with trading from Everest Lane as we have loyal customers but I think we will be busier in Corporation Street.

“It’s nice to be trading in a town that’s willing to invest in its market.”

Helical Bar has applied for planning permission to open the new stalls and Corby Council is expected to make a decision this month.