Frome Super Markets 2013 relaunch confirmed
By Avalanche Media | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 14:32
The success of the new Sunday Super Markets means there will be more and even better to come in 2013, according to Frome Town Council.
These large town centre street markets will resume around Easter time – dates and times are still to be finalised and published.
Peter Wheelhouse, Frome Town Council's economic development & regeneration manager, says he has been overwhelmed by the positive feeling and feedback from these Sunday events:
"Putting Frome back on the map as THE Somerset market town is bringing lots of people here, which is good news for local businesses and traders. We are hearing from many that these markets have made a noticeable impact on their takings.
"Attracting residents and businesses to spend more locally – and encouraging others here to do the same – is something the council is keen to promote.
"These markets, alongside the other great events and attractions Frome has to offer, help to make our town a more recognised destination in the south-west."
Launched in July last year, the Super Market started as a three-month experiment, which received instant support, attracting 150 stalls and thousands of visitors.
The Christmas event at the beginning of December, which featured as part of the Frome Festive Weekend, has been heralded the most successful to date.
Peter Wheelhouse added that ideas and planning for the next batch of Sunday Super Markets mean visitors can expect even more.
"It's an exciting point: we have proved that this kind of event can work very well. Now what's needed is further fine tuning and a little more Frome magic.
"We'll be publishing more information about this year's Super Markets very soon, so advise people to keep their eyes peeled for more announcements."
Mendip District councillor Philip Ham, who works alongside Mendip's markets manager Stuart Beeton to coordinate these events, is enthusiastic about their impact on the local community and economy.
"One of the council's main priorities is to support business development and growth across the Mendip area and the Frome Super Market is the perfect example of how this can be done.
"The Super Markets were launched to support Frome's local businesses, traders and the town centre and I'm delighted that they have been such a success."
The Frome Super Market evolved from the popular Artisan Market, which was started on Catherine Hill. The event now involves the whole of the town centre and is a joint venture between Frome Town Council, Mendip District Council, Frome People's Market, the Artisan Market, Frome Flea and the Somerset Farmers' Market.