Following our appointment by Colchester Borough Council two years ago, we were delighted to see the goal of unifying the previously disjointed market come to fruition last Saturday at the launch of the new Charter Market in its new home in the High Street.
Early feedback from both market traders and retail shops in the High Street indicates a marked increase in turnover
The market has returned to the High Street after many years, having previously been located at a number of disparate sites across town. Colchester High Street offers prime footfall and early feedback from both market traders and retail shops in the High Street indicates a marked increase in turnover. Some traders have taken the opportunity to expand their businesses, a move which seems to be paying off.
Without exception, the traders went all out to provide a stunning display of market trading at its best on launch day
The specially designed, colourful, branded new stalls have electricity, ground anchors and side awnings and add diversity of offer and a genuine mix to Colchester’s thriving High Street on market days. Without exception, the traders went all out to provide a stunning display of market trading at its best for launch day. Specialist meat and game, free range eggs, fruit and veg and unusual home and garden wares are on offer among ethnic foods, pet products, hardware, jewellery, baby clothes, handmade soaps, mobile phones, toys and luggage to name but a few.
The Market was officially launched with a ribbon cutting by Colchester Mayor, John Elliott, assisted by Colchester United mascot, Eddie the Eagle, the town crier, a Roman centurion and the Blackwater Jazz Band. Representatives of the NMTF were also present for the celebrations.
Convenient park and ride service now operating to encourage out of town shoppers to leave the car at home.
A convenient new park and ride service which drops off just by the market is now operating and should encourage shoppers from out of town to visit the town centre.