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Newport Indoor Market Empty Units

Newport Conservatives - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Newport Indoor Market Empty Units

46% of Shop Units at Newport Indoor Market Remain Empty

Recent data has shown trading at Newport’s Indoor Market has not improved over the last two years and in fact, there has been a slight decline in the number of retail units occupied there.

A 'Freedom of Information'** request submitted by the Newport Conservative Group revealed 44 of the 105 shop units remain empty (46%). The FOI shows this is slightly worse than two years ago when there were 43 empty units. 19 of the 80 units on the ground floor of the market are empty. Of the 25 units on the first floor, all the shop units are empty.

From Sept 2015 to Sept 2017, the Council spent £15,575 on promotional events, marketing and advertising for the market. £3,131 was spent on advertising, £3,400 on design work, £2,680 on signage and £1,776 on marketing. A further was £1,562 was spent on bus advertising and £2085 on lamp-post banners.

Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “The data is very concerning. The market plays a major role within the City and we want to see it succeed and prosper. There needs to be a renewed focus on this, as well as possibly relaxing the application process for potential new tenants”.

Conservative Campaigner Michael Enea said “It’s admirable that the Council have thrown all this money at the market, but there has been no improvement? I remember the 1980’s & 90s when the market was packed with traders on both floors”. Mr Enea added “There needs be an initiative to attract new traders into the Market such as offering a peppercorn lease option on the smaller first floor units like £1 per day rent for the first 12 months. This would ram the place”.

**FOI received by Newport City Council on 30th November 2017

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Andrew Jones commented on 23-Jan-2018 10:26 PM
We are living in the age of the Internet traders. With many of them trading from home with no overheads, it does not matter how much the Council spend on advertising. They need to drastically reduce the rents, make it more of a level playing field and give the traders a chance!
Rachel Coldrick commented on 24-Jan-2018 07:33 AM
The only way I can see the market being back to its full potential is if the bigger stores like Marks & Spencer open up again in the main street. We have wonderful buildings in the town centre but most of them are charity shops or cheap shops. Why not entice the big stores back with an incentive? This is what Newport desperately needs because Friars Walk is not enough. Cardiff city centre is a prime example of what needs to happen. I hope one day to see Newport back to its former glory.
Judy Whittington commented on 01-Feb-2018 06:58 AM
As there are no car boots sales in Newport at the moment, why not have 'Table Boot Sales' upstairs in your Market. People arer asking are there any Bootsales around. If you advertise on Facebook everyone will start coming. If it doesn't work out then at least you tried. There will be more people attending the market, maybe on a Saturday? x
Marie wheeler commented on 10-Feb-2018 06:14 PM
Absolutely agree with the first three comments above
NCC HAD RECENTLY TRIED TO UNFAIRLY EVICT MY 30 year business The Curtain Co. at the front of market. The eviction case cost me/my family £20,000 and immense stress. They have only ever HINDERED my business and now due to the eviction costs my business is in jeapardy. Thanks NCC🤷‍♀️

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