A COMMUNITY interest company in Ellesmere is celebrating managing the town’s market hall successfully for one year.
All Together Ellesmere took over the running of the building in March 2013 and has seen trade in the weekly market go from strength-to-strength, with five permanent stalls coming to the market since they started.
Lincoln McMullan, director and chairman of All Together Ellesmere, said: “We have had a busy year. When we started off we were balancing bank accounts which was difficult but we had a lot of new stalls coming to the market.
“We have so many different things here now. There is a lady who sells Cypriot food, a stall which sells all kinds of sweet things and a stall of scones, teas and tarts. You can even dress yourself here as we have stalls selling scarves, socks and trousers. There is everything you need here.”
There are 16 stalls operating from the market which runs every Tuesday from the building in Scotland Street. They include sales of videos and DVDs, watches and watch repairs, flowers, bikes and bike repairs.
Mr McMullan added that the group, which is also directed by town mayor Alan Clarke and four others, is currently working with Shropshire Council to run the market but hopes to control it independently within two years.
He also revealed the group hopes to create a mezzanine floor to the building in a bid to expand the market further.
“The new kitchen means people come in and have some tea and coffee and a bite to eat, so they can feed themselves as well as shop so it all works,” continued Mr McMullan.
“We have Wi-Fi now too so people can come in and sit in the comfy area and go on the internet. We even have our own website being developed as we speak.”