REDDITCH market operators Sketts say they are stepping up the attractions at the town centre destination with expansion plans in the pipeline.
The market has already grown to 45 stalls on a Friday and now there are plans to introduce a craft market, farmers’ market and an antiques fair.
“Fridays and Saturdays are our most popular days and we’ve got lots of new ideas to really boost the appeal,” said market manager George Skett.
“The problem is getting people out of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre but when they see what we’ve got I’m sure they’ll realise that we complement rather than compete with the Kingfisher.”
He added there were no plans to reduce the number of market days – one of the fears when the running of the attraction was put out to tender – but rather to encourage its growth.
“We’re having to bring in more stalls, the market is definitely growing and our aim is to make Redditch one of the best markets in the entire West Midlands,” said George.
“We just want to tell people that we’re here with great traders selling great products.”
And he promised there would be no re-appearance of the much lampooned Redditch German market at Christmas.
“We’ll be keeping it simple and straight forward, we’ll have a Christmas lights switch on event and we’ll have Santa’s grotto coming down as well,” said George.