03:52AM, Thursday 28 March 2013
A market that has taken up residence in Windsor's main shopping street has been a 'phenomenal success' which its creator hopes will boost the town's footfall.
Susan Gowland, who started the Windsor Independent Market in Peascod Street last month, also hopes to expand it in the future.
The good news comes as the Express revealed this month how town centre footfall has plunged at the start of the year as 10-11 per cent of retail units lie empty.
The 43-year-old said: "It has been a phenomenal success and residents have only been positive to me about it.
"While very young the market hopefully will grow and become an integral part of the town centre shopping experience.
"Hopefully we will bring in more footfall, which will help shops and will boost trade in the town centre too."
Food and beverage traders among the 23 stalls include Windsor and Eton Brewery, Eton Fudge, Homefield Goats, and bakers Wildflour, and FlourPower.
The mother-of-two is urging more independent traders in the area to set up a stall as she said there is room for 35.
She hopes to expand it in the future, and turn the monthly market, held from 10am to 5pm on the third Saturday of every month, into a 'festival type' event.
"I would like to turn it into a day out for people with live cooking demonstrations, and entertainment such as music," she said.
The St Mark's Road resident also runs the Windsor Farmers' Market held on the first Saturday of every month in St Leonard's Road.
Susan said the 20 farmers and traders who take part have also been hit hard by the early year slump, and sales across them are 20-30 per cent down.
The next farmers' market takes place on Saturday, April 6 while the next independent market is on Saturday, April 20.
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