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New traders welcomed at Chester and Ellesmere Port markets

14 December 2021

Both Chester and Ellesmere Port markets are continuing to attract new independent traders, expanding the current offer and diversifying the range of produce and products available.

Located near Asda and the Port Arcades shopping centre, with lots of parking nearby and great public transport links, the Ellesmere Port market includes a large food court with four cafes and is open every day except Wednesday.

Adjoining the main market is the ever-popular indoor Flea Market area, with traders dealing in all manner of second-hand treasures which is open on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

The new traders are:
Eat More Fruit Too who offer a range of fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables to suit all budgets, where you will be spoilt for choice.

Angling Heads offers a wide range of fishing tackle and expertise for any angler’s needs.

Norman’s Plants provide a beautiful array of outdoor plants to showcase your garden and indoor plants to brighten any home.

Filgoods is a journey into the adventurous world of tasty spices and Asian food, a must for any foodie. 

White Health Chiropody provides footcare including chiropody, reflexology and laser treatments. Acupuncture is also available on request.

Karmiq offers alternative, niche giftware and a vast incense collection.

Meanwhile, Chester's new market building is beginning to take shape within the Northgate development, but the Council is continuing to let units in the current market to maintain the vibrancy and enhance the offer for new and returning customers.

Whilst some traders have made plans to grow their businesses and take units elsewhere in the city, this has provided an ideal opportunity for new traders who want to open and test their business ideas in the existing market.

Gator Pit offers a true taste of authentic Louisiana and South America food from Gumbo to Jambalaya; Vegan House offer a range of tasty 100 per cent plant-based cuisine and Pop Up Paysan, is an inviting wine bar with a vast selection for any wine connoisseur, building on the success of their Bridge Street venue.

Retro Dojo is the market’s first vintage toys and gaming shop to buy and sell, which will guarantee to take you down memory lane.

High Life Interiors showcases a niche selection of stylish furniture for the wow factor; and finally, the imminent return of Anime and Manga for all your favourite movie goods and collectables.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration, said: "I am very pleased to welcome these new traders to the markets, who are bringing fresh vitality, expertise and choice alongside our established traders.

"Despite challenging times for retailers, it is so pleasing to see that customer numbers in the markets are getting back to pre-pandemic levels. I hope residents and visitors will ‘shop local’ this Christmas and make a plan to support small businesses."

There are vacancies for new traders at the borough’s other markets in Northwich and Winsford; becoming a market trader is a low cost, low risk way of starting up in business with short term leases and very competitive rents available.

Please contact markets@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk for more details. Support and mentoring for new traders is also available from the Markets Team.