THE long-awaited Eastbourne Street Market will be setting up stall in the town centre on August 1.
The market has been a long-term project involving the Eastbourne Independent Traders Association, Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne Borough Council and MP Stephen Lloyd.
The summer launch will see a broad offering of specially selected stalls selling high-quality produce and goods, much of which has been made or sourced from the local area.
The core idea behind the market is to boost footfall in the town on what is traditionally seen as a quieter trading day – Wednesday.
Organisers are working to ensure the market complements the town’s shops – rather than taking trade away from existing businesses.
And Eastbourne shop-owners have the opportunity to have a stall themselves, in order to trade in a different part of town,
The market will operate weekly on Wednesdays, 9.30am-2pm at the seafront end of Terminus Road down to TJ Hughes, and involve the temporary closure of the non-pedestrian section of road between The Belgian Café and the former Co-Op building recently been earmarked for major redevelopment.
Tim Tradewell, organising and running the market, said, “We have had some really great bookings come through in just the last few days and there will be a good offering of high quality food and produce as well as non food stalls. We are all working hard to ensure we get the very best in quality and sourcing from the local area.
“What we want is local businesses selling to local people to create a sustainable offering that supports the local economy and enterprise.
“We are trying to offer people an alternative to the big supermarkets. At our market you can meet the people who make your food, chat with them about their products, and then enjoy a coffee or cake in one of the surrounding cafés, all while you support local, independent businesses; I think it’s a better way than giving your money to Tesco.”
Mr Lloyd added. “I am really pleased Eastbourne is finally getting a decent street market. It is another part of the jigsaw that will help keep our town growing positively into the future.”
Anybody with an interest in having a stall should contact Tim Tradewell at The Secret Garden, 192 Terminus Road, tel:640931, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow market updates on twitter @ebstreetmarket