A number of Eastbourne shop owners have rallied together to hit back at claims the street market is ‘killing’ local trade.
Last week, the Herald told how a handful of the town’s independent traders felt the success of the street market was taking away the trade of local businesses during the peak summer months.
Christina Ewbank, head of the Eastbourne District Chamber of Commerce, was first to defend the stalls, which line parts of Terminus Road on Wednesdays and Sundays.
She said, “Eastbourne Borough Market is a community market and is not for profit. Any profit made is ploughed back into the town centre for special events. Eastbourne Borough Market stall holders are mostly local people from the Eastbourne area. They trade right up to Christmas come rain or shine and plan to open all next year too. We plan to extend the market towards the seafront from Wednesday, July 2. So far we have ten stalls on the waiting list and will extend the market as far as we can.”
Christina gained much support from shops, cafés and restaurants along Terminus Road, with the newly-opened Bill’s recording a seven per cent increase in sales on market days.
Tony Roberts at Bella Donna Boutique said, “People tell me they don’t normally come to this part of town but have found my boutique while visiting the market. I have supported the market right from the beginning and it has definitely improved footfall.”
The Taste Bud Café has really benefitted from the ‘buzz’ and ‘vibrancy’ on market days and has expanded its workforce and invested in a new kitchen to cope with the extra demand.
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