Alfreton market to get facelift

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Alfreton indoor market is about to undergo a facelift, starting with a new frontage this month, which will spearhead a programme of improvements.

A new roof will be fitted during the summer months followed by new doors, heating system and improved stall canopies, along with self-contained kiosks for food stalls, hairdressers and lower stalls, in a bid to encourage new growth in business.

Amber Valley Borough Council is in talks with Alfreton Grange Arts College about the pupils generating ideas to improve the look of the market.

A council spokesman said: “Thanks to a new trader incentive, new traders are now joining the market - Mobility Beds are coming in July and Just Rugs return in September. Other traders who have taken advantage of the new trader incentive are Zoe ‘the barber shop’ who is now running a hairdressing salon and Rosewood IT solutions - computer repairs and consumables including bespoke printing to name a few.

The council has appealed to entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own business, or down-sizing from a shop, to consider the indoor market.

There is also business advice available to get people started. For more visit the market on its open day on Saturday, 27th July.

There will be entertainment from Magic Mel and children’s competitions. Staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service will be giving CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) demonstrations on the day to promote the installation of the community defibrillator fitted to the outside of the market.

The introduction of a monthly farmers’ market is also being explored along with many other ideas for keeping Alfreton on the map for shoppers. For more information please contact Vicki England on 07971 126363.