A social enterprise firm has warned Llangefni’s town market is facing its ‘last chance’ to survive.
The market, which runs on Thursdays and Saturdays, has been hit badly by a slump in both traders and visitors over the past several years.
Llangefni Social Enterprise says the closure of the ‘once thriving’ Chartered Market is now a ‘distinct possibility’. The Saturday market is attended by just two traders and turnout on Thursday is described as ‘not much better’.
In a last ditch bid for a revival, the non-profit firm has agreed to handover the running of the Thursday market to a veteran trader, starting this week.
Emyr Owen, who runs Tatws Trading, says he’ll bring up to thirty stalls to boost interest, increase footfall and contribute to other initiatives to revitalise Llangefni’s fortunes.
Mr Owen, whose traded in the town for over 35 years, is being supported by both the social enterprise firm and Menter Môn.
In a statement, Llangefni Social Enterprise said: ”Across the UK, markets have been hard hit by the impact of supermarkets, outlet villages and significant increase in online shopping. Llangefni has not been unaffected”.
”Various initiatives have tried to stimulate both footfall and trader numbers, but with very limited success which has not been sustained.”
They added: ”Emyr has many years of experience in market management and it’s to be hoped that the town supports this initiative with an offering of a large number of stalls, with a good choice of goods for sale and bargains galore.”
”It is really the last chance for the market and the town”.
Llangefni Social Enterprise has run both Thursday and Saturday markets on a lease from Anglesey Council.