Mini-market to boost Crowthorne on SaturdayBy Hugh Fort
April 20, 2012
Shopping in Crowthorne is set for a boost this weekend when the village’s first mini-market opens for business.
Five traders will hold stores in High Street on Saturday in a project run by the Crowthorne Traders Association.
Shoppers will be able to pick up homemade cakes, delicatessen items, fingerprint jewellery and items for their home at the market, which last from 10am to 2pm.
The stallholders are Crowthorne Cakes, Small Prints, which make jewellery featuring babies’ fingerprints, home gifts from Cherry Jam, Capers delicatessen in High Street and fruit and vegetables from Gray’s Farm in Heathlands Road.
The traders association wanted to experiment with stalls outside Crowthorne Library, also in High Street.
They are not happy with the market that runs on a Friday in the village and wanted local people to come along and have a browse.
Sarah Sandle from the Crowthorne Traders Association, said: “Following the success of the late-night shopping market stalls outside the library, Crowthorne residents wanted a market to run in the high street.
“Crowthorne Traders’ Association wanted to trial a mini-market outside the library as it is a central location rather than the market which ran on a Friday morning and which seems to have died a death.
“We really want local residents to come along and take a look at the stalls. In [retail expert] Mary Portas’ report about UK High Streets, one of our recommendations was to re-instate local markets.
“With the economy still struggling we want to work hard to maintain the vibrancy of Crowthorne’s High Street and we feel offering a mini-market is a step in the right direction.”