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Deadline extended for Strabane market applications

24 March 2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council has extended the deadline for food traders and craft producers in the Strabane area who are interested in signing up to take part in a new market for the town.

The market, to be run by Derry City and Strabane District Council, is a pilot project aimed at showcasing some of the very best local food and craft design work.

Its hoped that the Market will operate on the last Friday of every month in the town centre and will complement the existing retail offering in the town.

Encouraging traders to apply, the markets officer Nicolle Walters said it was a fantastic opportunity for local traders, food producers or craft workers to get involved and to showcase their products.

She said: “It will provide an opportunity to highlight the work of some of the many specialised artisans and designers working in the Strabane and surrounding areas. I would really encourage anyone in the local area involved in local produce or craft to find out more about how they can sign up.”

It’s envisaged that the market will take place on the last Friday of every month, beginning at the end of April, and it is hoped that the facility will attract around 12 regular local traders, offering a wide range of local products. The project follows on from the success of the recently established Walled City Market in Derry which takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

Nicolle added that the deadline had been extended to the end of March to allow as many traders as possible to express an interest in getting involved.

Speaking about the success of the Derry market, Nicolle says she is confident the proposed Strabane one will be a popular addition to the retail offering in Strabane.

She said: “The Walled City Market has been extremely well received among local traders and generates a steady influx of local shoppers and visitors to the city centre each month. Following on from this success there is now the opportunity for more local traders in Strabane to establish a monthly market that is unique to the area.

“It’s hoped this will complement the existing retail offering in the area and offer the chance for smaller artisan suppliers to sell their bespoke goods and products. If the pilot is successful this will be a fantastic additional attraction to boost trade and footfall in the town centre.”

The market will operate from 11am to 4pm, and will be located in the courtyard area of the Alley Theatre. Trading opportunities are limited and traders will be subject to a selection process which will take into account the types of goods, their speciality nature, and previous experience. Applicants will be expected to participate in the project for ten months initially beginning on Friday April 28th.

Application forms and selection criteria can be obtained from www.derrystrabane.com/publicnotice or by emailing [email protected]
or contacting Council’s Business Section on Tel: 02871 253 253 ext: 6664.

Closing date for return applications has been extended to Friday 31 March.