THE decision to relocate Mablethorpe’s weekly market has been hailed as a huge success after the inaugural week in its new location.
Thursday saw the market begin its trial period in the High Street after East Lindsey District Council decided to move it from the Station Road car park.
With the town’s new Tesco store set to take over the Station Road site, the early success suggests the High Street could well become the permanent home for the market.
Stallholders reported that sales were brisk and that the atmosphere was good at Thursday’s market.
Mablethorpe town manager Karen Froggatt said: “Mablethorpe High Street came to life with the start of the trial to relocate the market to the High Street.
“Positive feedback was received from both the market traders and local businesses in the vicinity. One of the market traders commented that he hadn’t realised there were so many people in Mablethorpe.
“The market certainly added life and vibrancy to the High Street. We will be continuing to monitor it during the coming weeks.”
The council opted to move the market as part of sweeping changes to their four weekly markets in East Lindsey.
Linda Herdman, who has had a clothing stall on the market for over 20 years, said she had noticed a much livelier atmosphere and increased interest from the public.
It’s move into the town centre is in line with TV retail guru Mary Portas’ recommendation in her Government report that markets should be ‘at the heart of their towns’.