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Praa Sands market may have to close due to lack of customers

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

The future of Praa Sands and District Community Centre market could be under threat if footfall doesn't increase.

The future of Praa Sands and District Community Centre market could be under threat if footfall doesn't increase.

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A PRAA Sands market which was set up just four months ago could be forced to close if more people don't use the service.

Dawn Hardy started the weekly market in Praa Sands and District Community Centre back in October with the aim of bringing fresh, local produce to the village.

Dawn, who owns cake business Edible Elegance and has a stall at the market, said her intention was to do something for the community and also help local businesses.

"In Praa Sands they have got a little Post Office shop and a beach shop – that's it. A lot of older people have to get a bus as there's nowhere selling fresh produce in the area."

The market offers a selection of bread, cheeses, pies, pasties and cakes as well as art and crafts. There is also a seating area where visitors can have a hot drink.

Dawn did not have any funding to set up the market and has covered much of the costs herself.

Despite an influx of shoppers in the first few weeks of opening, the market has been quiet and Dawn is worried that the lack of footfall will force stallholders to move on.

She said: "Trying to keep stall owners in quiet times is really difficult. They do understand that it's quiet at this time of year, but I can't expect people to always do it – not if they're making a loss."

Dawn and her partner have dropped leaflets to houses in the area and have put posters around the village to try and attract more people to the market but have yet to see visitor numbers increase.

"The future of the market could be in doubt. I need to get people in through the doors one way or another," she said.

"A lot of people said they don't know we are here.

"The people that have been coming are very positive about it and they come back. We just need more of them."

Dawn said it would be sad if the market had to close: "I love the community. I just think it's something that's really good for here.

"There's nothing else like it there every single week."

The market is open every Thursday from 10am until 2pm at the community centre.

An open day is being held on March 6, where free drinks, tasters and discounts on products will be on offer.

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  • yveyk  |  March 02 2014, 11:39AM

    It has taken nearly 2 years for the craft market I attend to be noticed. I am booked for this season and will stay to Xmas then review. As long as I take enough to cover my costs and overheads I'll stay. Fortunately I have a proper job too, so I am looking to build an income for when I retire. At my current takings level, I think I'll postpone retirement for at least another 10 years.

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