Free rent period for Sheffield market traders increased

25 Nov 2013....The Moor Market in Sheffield opens for business.Picture Scott Merrylees. SM1001/28a
25 Nov 2013....The Moor Market in Sheffield opens for business.Picture Scott Merrylees. SM1001/28a
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Traders at Sheffield’s Moor Market are to be given another three months of free rent - as footfall is lower than expected.

Sheffield Council said the measure was part of a raft of ideas – also including a review of opening hours and more publicity – to help stallholders six months after the market opened.

Andy Ward, head of markets, said around 60,000 people a week were visiting the market, although between 90,000 and 100.000 people a week had been expected.

He said that although some traders were doing well, others were struggling.

Mr Ward said: “It is very patchy and I think the food offer in general does well.

“The extra free rent is in recognition of the fact that footfall is not as high as was expected. We recognise that some of the businesses are struggling.

“It will not cost us anything, all we are doing is deferring the loan.”

Traders will have another three months free rent, then three months of half rent, although they do pay a service charge.

Earlier this week shoppers were also asked online if they wanted to see a late night or Sunday opening at the market.

See tomorrow’s Star for a full story.