It’s been just over a year since the doors unexpectedly shut on South Shore’s popular New Market.
However after lots of hard work from small business owners David Clewes and Susie Gallagher, Gordon and also Councillors from the local area, the Waterloo Road shopping centre is set to reopen once again this Easter.
The market closed in January last year, when the company In Shops Centre Ltd went bankrupt, affecting more than 20 traders, who were given less than seven days to vacate the premises.
Working with Councillors and Council staff, Gordon stepped in to make sure the affected traders were relocated to other premises across the South Shore area. Along with local business owners David Clewes and Susie Gallagher they tracked down the owners of the freeholder on the building.
The New Market is now set to re-open during the Easter period, with many traders already signed up, including stalls for discount foods, kitchenware, greeting cards, cosmetics, jewellery, books, tools and also a key cutting service. A cafe that can seat up to 80 people is also being worked on.
Speaking after a recent visit to the building, Gordon said: “I am delighted that David and Susie have now completed the purchase of the New Market – this is some really good news for the South Shore area.
“It was a complex and long process trying to find out who owned the freehold on the building, but after continuous pressure from myself and senior officers at Blackpool Council, we managed to track them down.
He added: “David and Susie have a great vision for the building – visiting their other successful small businesses along Waterloo Road, I know the New Market can thrive once again.
“I’m sure the Council will continue to support them on this project because the building is key to making South Shore an important shopping area."
David added: “From the closure of the market to now, it took us almost twelve months to purchase the building.
“There were many delays along the way in finding out who was the freehold of the building and without the help of Gordon and Blackpool Council’s Donna Taylor, it could have taken much longer."
David had been a trader in the market himself previously for 26 years with his own menswear stall - for 20 of those years, he always had an ambition to one day purchase the market.
He explained: “Over the years the market has been very good to me. I now look forward to re-establishing and opening the market, so that many other traders young and old can have their businesses in the market for another 20 years.”
Anyone who is interested in having a stall at the New Market, can call David on 07968060442.