Oswestry Indoor Market opens for extra day

Oswestry’s indoor market is now open four days a week, one of a number of new initiatives in a bid to get more shoppers spending on the stalls.

Oswestry Market
Trader Jan Williams, from the Grain Sheaf, who is one of the stall-holders opening at the new Thursday market

The market in the Powys Hall has always opened its doors on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Now stallholders can trade on Thursdays as well, giving them a more level playing field with shops in the town.

It is hoped that the move will also get more traders taking up spots in the market.

Indoor and outdoor markets in Oswestry are managed by the town council, which is also bidding to move some of the outdoor stalls from the Bailey Head into Bailey Street.

Shropshire Council will debate a planning application for the change of use of the street on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the north planning committee meets on Tuesday.

An artisan market, held on the last Friday of every month, is already set up on Bailey Street and has been a success with an increase in the number of traders since the stalls were moved.

Town clerk, Mr David Preston, said that the town’s markets were an ideal place for young people looking to set up in business to begin.

“We have a lot of young people in Oswestry with great entrepreneurial skills and ideas. Our markets are an idea place for them to try out those ideas.”

The next artisan market will be held on April 28.

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