New Watford Market
New Watford Market is a gated, covered market, situated under the flyover on Watford House Lane. It is believed that in the 12th Century, the Abbot of St Albans was granted a charter by King Henry I to hold a weekly market in Watford following pressure from the locals. The new market moved to its current site in 2014.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the market consists of forty lockable units on two storeys, with the upper section being designated as a food court, which is also open on Wednesdays. As well as indoor seating within each outlet upstairs, the market has provided additional outdoor seating. The food offering within this area is varied and includes the Speakeasy Café – an American style diner, Caribbean Roti Pan, Mum’s Kitchen – an Indian Portuguese restaurant, Sushi-no-Mai and soon to open a vegetarian Trinidadian restaurant.
There are a number of new ventures opening up downstairs and a small number of available units, which are ready to rent and are promoted as such within the market. The traders will need to fit it out themselves and electricity is provided but not included in the weekly rent; plumbing is available in some units. To provide uniformity, there is a small fee for the individual trader’s signage that is provided by the market operator. Each trader has a link on the market’s visually appealing and informative website and they are encouraged to have their own social media pages which will be cross promoted by the market.
Roller shutter blinds aren’t the most attractive way to secure a unit and the people at Town and Country Markets who operate New Watford have overcome this by painting a colourful design to the exterior, making any closed unit much more pleasant to the eye.
There is a current marketing drive to create greater awareness of the market within the community and a large wrap is being produced around the edge of the upstairs area, to give better visibility from the ring road alongside. A number of events are also planned to take place throughout the year.
Traders at the site include Borough Carpets, Aylesbury Fisheries, Beauty Room, Noms Sari Sari food store, Colourful Spirit and the Bakehole bakery, to name but a few.
Luton Indoor Market
Situated within The Mall, a busy shopping centre, Luton’s indoor market hall is a diverse and multicultural shopping and eating experience. Built in 1972 and refurbished in 2005, the market is home to127 units, most of which are lockable with either roller shutters or lace-up blinds.
Open Monday to Saturday from 09.00 – 17.00, one of the features that Luton Indoor Market has is a large speciality food sector, offering a variety of fresh produce, freshly cooked foods and groceries from around the world. These include a Caribbean grocer, various African restaurants including Trinidadian; Lebanese, Polish and Asian food, a well presented traditional cafe with seating for 70, an impressive Halal butchers and large fishmongers.
There is also an excellent array of clothing from lingerie to workwear, through to ladies fashions and ethnic styles. Other services include mobility scooters, opticians, pawnbrokers and barbers.
The traders encourage a community approach and have their own website which highlights the charitable work that they do as well as promoting themselves to the general public. They also offer advice on how to become a market trader.
Morley Leeds Market
There has been a market at Morley since 1880 and the current indoor market in Queens Street has approximately 50 traders when at full capacity. Morley is defined as a feeder town from Leeds and the market is popular with locals as well as residents of the surrounding towns and cities of West Yorkshire.
Covering two halls, following a recent extension, Morley Leeds Market has some of the finest food outlets around with everything from bakers to butchers, a delicatessen and of course, fruit and vegetables. It has almost everything you would expect from an established market, including white goods and the market café is a popular place to stop off and enjoy delicious home cooked meals.
The market is made up of stand alone, lockable units and trades six days a week from 09.00 – 16.30. It is easily accessible, from five different entrances which are secured at night and assisted by 24 hour CCTV. Most units have water and all have lights and sockets fitted. Services are included within the rent and electricity is metered.
A twelve month lease is preferred but Market Manager Shaun is keen to talk to start up traders and offer advice where needed. They run regular events, particularly during holiday periods and use their local Facebook page to promote traders and share their links.
Wellington is a charming Shropshire town, situated close to Telford. The original market in Wellington was established in 1244 and the current indoor market was built in 1866 to deal with the overspill and celebrates 150 years this year!
Situated in Market Street, the market also offers outside trading where casuals can bring their own stalls although units are available both inside and out. The combined areas can house up to 120 units and trading days are Tuesday to Saturday from 09.00 – 16.00 and 16.30 on a Saturday.
The market is renowned for the longevity of a number of its traders, with second and third generations of families based at the market selling a broad range of commodities from fresh produce to clothing, bags to stationery and including custom made curtains, lingerie, nets, rugs, electrical goods and school uniforms.
A number of events run throughout the year and the annual Charter Day is well attended by locals and visitors to the town.
The trading area is completely secure and the units are lockable. Rent is payable weekly (electricity is extra) and two weeks rent is required in advance, along with an administration fee. Discounts are available for advanced payments.
Launching 17 May, ‘Pop Up Pitch at Wellington Market!’ This will be a dedicated enterprise zone attached to the Market Hall with 20 stands for local start-ups. For more information on this exciting new project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org