Timely boost for shoppers as M&S closes in Coleraine town centre
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Hosted by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), the announcement was made at its annual conference in January 2024.
This monthly market that’s run by Causeway and Coast Council ticks all the boxes of Markets First scorecard in Britain.
It has expanded from a single figure occupancy to some 48 stalls and attracts visitors from across Northern Ireland and from further afield.
It works hard on initiatives to attract new traders and to help upskill all its businesses that offer many specialisms including a diverse range of quality local food and crafts.
With its town centre location, it works closely with local businesses, even stipulating to assist them, that no food or hot drinks are available from the market. On market days the town experiences an eight percent uplift in footfall.
It is considered that this is a very professionally operated market in respect of both its management and its stall holders. With its successes and partnership this is a market that cares deeply about the community it is located within, its many users and importantly, the companies that participate.
Causeway Speciality Market was established in 2006, and operates on the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Saturday from April - December, in the
events space at Coleraine Town Hall in the heart of the town.
The continued popularity of the street market with shoppers is an important boost for Coleraine as it faces that closure of the M&S food hall beside the market.
So many retailers have either already closed or are sadly planning to do so in the near future, a trend that is right across town centres since the pandemic.
Many artisan companies are now supporters of the initiative, including Omagh’s Kennedy Bacon, Tom and Ollie, mezze specialist from Belfast, Amazin’ Grazin’
Bakery from Portstewart and Tony’s Bakery.