Westhoughton market open for longer 

Westhoughton market
Westhoughton Market will open until 7pm on Thursdays

A town centre market will stay open later to cope with demand.

Westhoughton market will now open until 7pm on Thursdays from October 13.

Council chiefs have extended the opening hours, after requests from traders to stay open later than 5pm.

The market is currently undergoing a major revival and developing a niche for quirky stalls thanks to efforts from traders and the council.

Bolton Council invested £4,000 in a canopy, signage and doors earlier this year to boost the market.

This followed previous improvements which included new stalls, changes to the layout and better lighting.

All the stalls are now occupied and shoppers can buy produce including: video games; retro sweets; shoes; bedroom furniture; lingerie; health foods; baby gifts and mobile phone accessories.

Traders also started a local produce market in the summer and a car boot on the second Saturday of the month.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “Traders asked us if they could stay open for longer so people coming home from work can visit. The demand is there so we agreed and hopefully this latest change will further boost the local economy.

“The market is undergoing a real revival thanks to the improvements we’ve undertaken and the fantastic efforts of the traders. It’s good to see people are supporting the market, which sells everything you need all under one roof.”

Trader Jean Coban added: “We are conscious of the fact that we need to trade differently, and to offer working people the opportunity to shop after work at their local market.”

The market is also open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am until 5pm.

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