July 20, 2022 at 7:32 am #221875
I wonder if the Council will learn anything from the Newport Market development – https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/several-stalls-have-left-newport-market-just-months-after-opening/ar-AAZKqYc?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=4805e1f7928a4e66b8e0e8b20d1b9e46July 20, 2022 at 9:52 am #221876
JaneJ:- I doubt it very much. The present situation being, all was passed as OK at the last Executive Board, committing £3.5 million to the project.
In a SAMP Report-To comprehensively refurbish the property to an overall standard that would be considered excellent, in the region of £128,000 for the General and £290,000 for the Butchers would need to be spent.
The Executive Board at its meeting in March 2020 committed £2 million to the Butchers Market alone.
Prior to this meeting, I emailed all members of the Executive Board with the following:- Before you, is a Report asking for £2 million for the Butchers Market alone. I write in the hope that you come to your senses and reduce the allocation of funds to that which is realistically needed £290,000.
Alas, it has now risen to £3.5 million,
What difference will we see in the market for this money?July 25, 2022 at 12:45 pm #222085
Just a few thoughts about the Market redevelopment:-
Ensure that the Markets overall fit in with your sense of a Brand identity for Wrexham. If you lack a sense of what that is, call in a Branding expert.
What demographic will the Markets overall and each component be pitched at. This needs a realistic appraisal of potential customer groups available (Students/Youngsters, the Silver Pound, Tourists, etc)
Try to differentiate the offer in each of the Market centres, indoor and outdoor, so that some sort of sub-branding of each unit can be developed. This might mean ensuring that complementary businesses are grouped together and units developed in the Butchers Market to suit.
Ensure that you have an experienced Markets management team in place to deliver on this project.
Don’t spend a penny of public money on this sort of thing before you have clearly established the broad outlines of the above. You could easily develop an infra-structure that is totally inappropriate for the commercial aims of the Market that you are developing
July 25, 2022 at 1:32 pm #222092
- This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by Alunh.
Alunh:-You have summed up what the end product should be very well. Unfortunately, it is being led by Council Officers who have no experience whatsoever in running a market.July 25, 2022 at 3:06 pm #222098
Market, market, market, I’m flaming well sick of the word!
Almost half the stalls unoccupied the remainder selling products that people only want on an infrequent basis.
A more inappropriate name than Butcher’s market is hard to envisage.
Monday market now almost non existent.
And people consider Wrexham to still be a market town? Dream on!July 25, 2022 at 4:02 pm #222105
If the thread says Market Development, and it makes you sick. Don’t read itJuly 25, 2022 at 5:38 pm #222113
Jimbow, regarding your last comment – as a follower of wrexham.com forums, I am entitled to read and comment on whichever threads that I choose, even if expressing a contrary opinion irritates those with a viewpoint that could possibly be classed as obsessive.July 25, 2022 at 5:54 pm #222118
I agree you are entitled to make observations. But you raise concerns that it makes you sick, the last thing that anybody would want is for that to happen.
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