Newcastle trader wants views on market’s future

A local business has taken to social media to get views on the opening hours of Newcastle’s Grainger Market after being inundated with customers wanting to shop more often.

mmm… and glug… who are based in the 180-year-old venue, has set up an online survey to get the views of existing and potential market shoppers, ahead of a poll of traders by Newcastle City Council.

The food and drink store, which has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, wants Newcastle City Council and other traders to look at consistent opening hours, as well as Bank Holiday and Sunday openings.

The business set up the survey after being regularly asked as to why the market closes at 5.30pm most days and is closed every Sunday and public holidays.

Simone Clarkin, 51, who set up mmm… six years ago, says the market needs to change to reflect the views of today’s shoppers and that changes could create new jobs and a boost to the local economy.

She said: “Barely a day goes by when customers who shop in the whole market and other traders bemoan the early closing hours or the lack of Sunday and holiday shopping.

“We appreciate that the market has a tradition dating back to 1835, but times change, as do people’s working and home lives.

“Even in the short time that we have been in the Grainger Market it is amazing to see the number of new and exciting businesses opening up.

“This has ranged from Italian pizza makers and hand made jewelry shops to pet boutiques and a soon to be opened French Crêperie.

“Established traders have also taken up the mantle to make it Newcastle’s most enjoyable independent shopping venue, generating millions of pounds for the local economy each year.

“We want to get existing and potential shoppers’ views so we can share them with Newcastle City Council and other traders to help shape the long-term future of the market.”

The survey results (top level with individual comments removed) are here – Grainger Market customer survey results – June 2014

The results of the poll of traders/businesses/tenancies are here – Grainger Market Traders poll – June 2014