A new community market is set to start in the spring on the forecourt of Belushi’s. Championing local produce and crafts, Newquay’s community market is the vision of Belushi’s Manager Sam Mellors, who with the support of Newquay BID, wanted to encourage footfall into Newquay on Sunday mornings to support the existing high street.

Following on from the success of the Festive Festival for both the stall holders and town centre businesses, the BID retail forum discussed the idea at the latest forum meeting. The support was brilliant and they believed that, with the right product the market will support the high street offer and lends itself as a footfall driving initiative.

Trading places are limited to nine, so booking will be essential for stall holders. The open meeting will be held on February 12, 2013, between five and six pm at Belushi’s, and we would encourage potential stall holders, and existing retailers to come along to really drive the direction of this community market.Sam Mellors, Belushi’s Manager said: “We are in the early stages of planning but the market steering group are looking for talented food artisans, food produces and artists to register their interest, and attend an open evening to discuss the logistics of the market. There will be a ground rent to cover set up costs of the market but any profits will be put back into growing the initiative for the benefit of Newquay.”

Sam Mellors continues:  “We are very fortunate to have this space at the front of our premises and know how successful community markets are in other towns in the UK, so we thought we should utilise the space for the benefit of the high street. The businesses in Fore Street have been very supportive of the market and welcome its ambition to drive footfall. We are very excited about this new initiative and how it could have a really positive impact for Fore Street.”

BID Manager, Eve Wooldridge said: “This is a really great opportunity for start-ups in Newquay to experience the trading environment. Our long-term aim would be for these traders to become part of the high street but we recognise that is a big commitment these days, so this is a great way of testing the water. We will be ensuring that the products on offer are complimentary to our current high street offer, and we will of course welcome existing businesses to have a stall if they so wish.”

For more information or to register your interest as a stall holder please email sam.mellors@bedsandbars.com or telephone 01637 859111.

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