New Watford Market is settling into its new home in the centre of town with three new traders setting up shop, and lots more improvements planned.
Jane Custance, Head of Regeneration and Development, said: “We know it has been a bumpy start for the market – we are taking on board all of the feedback from traders and visitors, and working hard to deliver improvements where we can. The first footfall figures we received look promising and we expect these to increase as the weather gets warmer and further improvements are introduced to the market. On average, there are about 11000 visitors per week, which compares positively with some London markets. Not surprisingly the busiest hours are weekday lunchtimes and Saturday mornings.”
There will be some turnover of trades while the market gets established, but some new exciting traders have been signed up. 'Furious Falafel' who are currently on the parade on Fridays and Saturdays will take over a unit in the upstairs food court shortly. ‘'The Proper Lush Salad Company' who specialise in delivering healthy, tasty salads and stock local Hertfordshire artisan cheese, are live and trading, and ‘Borough Carpets’ have set up a mini showroom.
TCM, who manage the market, are in conversations with a range of quality traders that have shown interest in the market. Visitors will also notice a series of improvements in the run up to Easter, with the lift already adapted to accommodate a greater range of mobility scooters.
Andrew Sparrow, director at TCM, said: “We are working with the traders and as a direct result we are installing infra-red heaters at the food court - the ones you see outside pubs - as well as additional signage. We are planning on some more improvements including further signage and generally brightening up the interior of the market.
We know how important the market is to Watford, and we will continue to work hard to make it a success.”
Follow the market on Twitter @WatfordMarket or visit their website.