Stores for all in our mar­ket

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

BRID­GEND is a proud mar­ket town with a long his­tory of hold­ing mar­kets within the town bound­ary.

This year we cel­e­brated 500 years of the mar­ket, with a won­der­ful Tu­dor mar­ket event, show­ing how the mar­ket would have looked back in Henry VIII’s day.

So what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing to our mar­ket th­ese days?

Our once thriv­ing mar­ket is look­ing very dif­fer­ent and is cer­tainly in de­cline un­der the re­cent poor ste­ward­ship of the Labour run Brid­gend Coun­cil who are re­spon­si­ble for it to­day.

There are 33 in­di­vid­ual units in our mar­ket, yet to­day there are only 18 busi­nesses left try­ing their hard­est to en­sure the sur­vival of the mar­ket against all odds. This is where they need your help…with 50 years left to run on the mar­ket’s con­tract you can help save it by shop­ping there on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Meat from Pe­ter Wood’s Butch­ers, Gor­don’s Cheese se­lec­tion is one of the best and Martin’s fresh fruit and veg is hard to beat for qual­ity.

If you fancy some­thing dif­fer­ent there’s a Taste of Thai­land bought to you by Dar­ren Hamm who also runs the Rhiw Teapot café.

Hab­er­dash­ery? Yes there’s a stall for that. Cake mak­ing and bak­ing? Yes. Phone charg­ers and cases, watch bat­ter­ies, house­hold items, books, Sci Fi goods, hair­cuts, nails, con­fec­tionery, jew­ellery and of course Kim’s fa­mous Curry and Chips from the Snack Shack.

A place of warm wel­comes, smiles, gen­tle con­ver­sa­tions and un­hur­ried catch ups, what’s not to love about Brid­gend mar­ket? You can even book a cheeky away day with your friends on a coach trip from there… there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Of course if you know of a new start up busi­ness that is look­ing to get their first taste of the high street then tell them to get in touch with Lot­tie in Prop­erty Ser­vices at Brid­gend Coun­cil to se­cure a pitch. Let’s get our mar­ket back on track, let’s make it vi­brant, eclec­tic, ex­cit­ing and the hub of our town. Let’s all help en­sure the sur­vival of the mar­ket for an­other 500 years to­gether.

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