A NEW weekly market is to be opened in the refurbished historic Market Square at Midhurst.
The market will take place every Friday and the first will be held on May 30.
It is the brainchild of Cherry Potts, who opened The Cherry Pot greengrocery store on the corner of Red Lion Street and West Street 18 months ago and is now the new market operator.
Cherry told the Observer: “I went to the open meeting called by the Town Trust to discuss how its newly-refurbished square could be used and I put forward the idea of a weekly market.
“Then the chairman of the trust, Andrew Mitchell, came to see me and asked me to run it with the backing of the trust. This will be a trial and obviously it will have to be supported and work if it is to carry on permanently.”
Cherry added: “Midhurst’s historic square, used for trading for over 500 years, had fallen into severe disrepair, but last year it was given a comprehensive make-over.
“It is now back to its former glory and boasts a combination of a picturesque location ringed by historic buildings and easy access from nearby carparks.”
She said she was aiming at a traditional market, offering an array of stalls providing goods and produce supported and provided by traders from the immediate area.
“Customers will be assured of value and variety.
“With recent concerns nationally of the demise of small high-street shops and the struggles of independent traders and the rural town, it is hoped residents will turn out in force to support this new and exciting venture.”
Among the stalls already signed up for the new venture as well as Cherry’s greengrocery, are Michael Courtney Family Butchers from North Street, Alexandra’s Kitchen, based in Midhurst and selling homemade ready meals, and Stedham-based Tom Barlow’s Vietnamese street food.
In addition there will be a bakery, plant stall and pet products.
Cherry is also hoping to get fish and cheese stalls as well as other products and produce.