SHOPPERS and traders have given Knutsford Market Hall the thumbs-up.

The Market Hall transferred to Knutsford Town Council in 2014, and comprises 15 stalls, which are all taken.

During the past year plans were developed for the demolition of the market hall and the rebuilding of a ground floor market hall with second and third floor apartments, a project which is currently paused.

The town centre manager is obtaining costs for works to the flooring and ceiling and repainting of the front of the building.

A report by town clerk Adam Keppel-Green said there has been a number of changes in traders over the past 12 months.

“Most notably Alan’s Fruit and Veg left the market and was replaced by Jonty’s Fruit and Veg,” he said.

“The hardware stall, operated by Alan and another trader, downsized from two stalls, allowing one of the former stalls to be split into two.

“The market welcomed Lou Lou Bella Boutique (children’s clothing), Tatton Photography and the Plastic Free Weigh.

“Two homewares/gift stalls also operated over the course of the year, the stall which Plastic Free Weigh have now expanded into. There are no vacant stalls.

“The changes have meant the market has a more varied offer and a greater number of traders. This has received positive comment from customers and traders.

“Whilst there were vacant stalls during part of the year the market hosted a number of one-day pop-ups (charities and businesses) including Waste Away, Knutsford Royal May Day, Leo’s Ladder, Fresh

Start Baby Bank, Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme, Apold Apothecary and Knutsford Heritage.”

The town centre manager has been supporting traders in their hosting of small events to generate publicity and footfall for the market.

These have included a charity quiz night in aid of the Cystic

Fibrosis Trust, a Fashion and Wine evening, breakfast with Father Christmas and a Supper Club.

The market has also participated in the Pumpkin Path, Bunny Hop, Christmas Tree Festival and Knutsford Flash Fashion.

The market traders recently chose Knutsford Royal May Day as a charity to support through their events.