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Event Held for York Traders to View New Look Newgate Market Stalls


11:14am 3rd March 2014

New ideas for pop-up stalls and kiosk designs for Newgate Market are being invited as part of the ongoing consultation on its refurbishment.

On Monday 3 March at 5 Silver Street from 5.30-7pm there will be the latest in a series of drop-in consultation sessions open to anyone interested in taking a kiosk or a pop-up stall at Newgate Market in the future.

At the design workshop, participants will be invited to contribute their ideas and priorities to help the architects understand what flexible selling space could work for traders while offering an interesting retail experience for shoppers. There will also be displays of both modern and traditional kiosks and pop-up stalls to stimulate the discussion.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Some styles could allow improved security with overnight storage options which would save traders time setting up and clearing up, and some – especially those with refrigeration – could encourage an even greater variety of food traders at Newgate. Other stall styles could be moveable, which could allow smaller ‘pop-up’ markets in the city centre and, being much less expensive than renting a shop, they could help support entrepreneurs kick-start their businesses in the heart of the city and amongst a community of like-minded business people.

“The team has welcomed the involvement of traders, local businesses and shoppers in the consultation for the £1.5 million refurbishment from the Economic Infrastructure Fund. We want the daily market and our traders to prosper alongside York’s wider economy, the improvements to add to the city’s unique retail offer where independents thrive, and to reinforce York as a unique shopping destination.”

Among the initial feedback people have said they feel kiosks would help them turn their business idea into a reality: they’re small scale, affordable and in a city-centre location, and some have said they might encourage them to trade more frequently at Newgate Market.

Designs that will emerge from the workshop will be considered along with other threads of consultation and used to help architects Bauman Lyons articulate a shared vision of how the market could look and operate in the future.

Feedback from the findings will be displayed at Silver Street later in the month.

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