Lancashire

Blackburn market opens in Mall shopping centre

Blackburn market
Image caption The new market opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday

A new £8m market has opened in Blackburn, as part of the regeneration of the town centre.

The new stalls are on the ground floor of the Mall shopping centre, having moved from the old Penny Street market which had been open since the 1960s.

Sixty stalls, half of those available, have been trading on the first day. It is hoped it will be fully open by July.

Some traders were unhappy about higher rents and having to commit to a longer rent period.

Market co-ordinator Deborah Holdsworth said the stall holders in the new market were a mixture of traders from the old venue and some new ones from as far afield as Liverpool, Wigan and Southport.

She agreed they would be paying a higher rate but said they would see a significant increase in footfall.

The stalls include butchers, fishmongers and florists. There are also cafes, a barber and jewellers.

The new market is due to be officially launched on 9 July.

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