It’s been once year since Chorley’s famous Flat Iron market moved to the streets of the town – something the council’s leader has described as “the best of both worlds”.
In July 2017, the Tuesday markets were moved from the Flat Iron to the town centre streets to allow car parking improvements to take place ahead of the Market Walk extension
Council leader Alistair Bradley, said: “At first, some people weren’t too sure on the relocation of the Tuesday markets but now, if you visit the markets on a Tuesday you will see that the town centre has a bustling atmosphere with so many people browsing the markets and other retailers.
“Moving the Tuesday Market traders has meant that they are more integrated with shops and businesses in the town centre which means that visitors now get the best of both worlds.”
Following development of the Market Walk extension, it is hoped that visitor numbers will increase further, attracting more people to the town.
Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley’s Trader’s Alliance and owner of Malcolm’s Musicland, said: “It’s been extremely good for business. Footfall was been up 60 to 70 per cent in the three weeks after it moved.
“It’s been excellent for the market traders and for the shops. The comments from customers say it makes Chorley feel like a market town again. It should have been done years ago.”
The covered market is open 9am to 4.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Tuesday Markets set up across Fazakerley Street, Chapel Street, New Market Street, Cleveland Street and the bottom half of High Street in the town centre from 9.30am to 4.30pm.