WREXHAM Council has rolled out its plans to improve the markets in the town, including a new logo.
The plan by the council’s new market management team is to help the People’s Market, Butchers Market, General Market and Street Market retain traders, attract new traders and increase footfall.
As well as the new modern petal-style logo, the market also wants to introduce a ‘Love Your Markets’ campaign.
Claire Luckock, marketing and events officer at the markets, said: “Wrexham is a market town. If you go back five years ago, everybody did their shopping in the markets. We want to bring that back.
“We want people to love their markets and remember they are there.”
The council wants to bring in lower rates for new traders as well as introducing a ‘trade for £10-a-day’ scheme and to keep the market cleaner and more presentable.
Mrs Luckock said: “We’re a new team that’s taken over the market and we’re enthusiastic. We want to turn the markets around.”
The council has come up with suggestions such as cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, events, live entertainment, installing an ATM and having a market mascot to bring more people into the traders’ areas.
The idea of a ‘Market Pound’ is set to be introduced, which means customers getting cash back for the money they spend in the markets in some way.
Santa’s Grotto, normally in Queen’s Square, is to be moved into the People’s Market in December, with organisers hoping it will attract an extra 3,500 people into the market during the festive period.
“Hopefully we’ll get more customers through the doors,” said Mrs Luckock.
“We need to really promote the market and make it a nicer place to shop.”
Market stallholders have reacted favourably to the news.
Jeff Hough, of Jeff’s Furniture in the People’s Market, said: “Some of these ideas would definitely help.
“The new team seems to be trying hard to improve the situation so we will wait and see what happens. Since they’ve come in, things have picked up slightly.”
Karen Barker, of Rings and Things, was impressed with the idea of the Santa’s grotto being held in the market.
She said: “The grotto idea is brilliant. Parents will bring their children in and a browse around the stalls at the same time. All new ideas are welcome.”
But trader Mohammed Saeed, who owns the 2+3 stall, was less enthusiastic.
He thinks the schemes will only be temporary at a time when people need to be coming into the stalls on a daily basis.