Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Wrexham has been known as a market town since the Middle Ages and its remaining markets remain important to the town's economic wellbeing.
That's why Plaid councillors Marc Jones and Carrie Harper have been delighted to try to help traders during these difficult economic times.
There are three markets in Wrexham. The Butchers' Market is a lovely covered Victorian building with a beautiful entrance from the High Street and, as the name suggests, an emphasis on quality local food. It also has an antiques shop and other hidden treasures.
The cosy and intimate General Market next door was, until the war, known as the Butter Market but rationing put paid to that speciality. It now houses a diverse mix of traders including the long-established Anwar's clothes stall. This too is in a beautiful red-brick Victorian building.
The largest market is the People's Market, which has been at its current site on Chester St for 20 years, sells a wide variety of goods and is home to the town's only Welsh-language specialist store, Siop y Siswrn.
The development of Eagles Meadow means that the markets are now only a stone's throw from the new shopping centre and provide a natural and covered link from the town's main shopping streets to Eagles Meadow. Traders have also benefitted from a parking agreement with the new shopping centre and are actively marketing themselves as being 45 seconds from Eagles Meadow on foot!
Wrexham without its markets is unthinkable and that's why Plaid councillors will continue to work with the traders and Wrexham Council's market team to improve the markets with better publicity, marketing and signage.