It was a sad day when Victoria Market finally closed its doors at the end of the Christmas trading period in December 2010.
Many of the original stall holders quickly relocated into individual shops along the high street – Dave’s Sweets went on Nutter Road across from Wilkinsons, Pollards the Jewellers opened a shop at the right of Home Bargains, and the pet stall and jigsaw stall now share a shop next to Fleetwood Produce.
M&Co quickly staked their claim to the prime town centre site, with a planning application that was passed in August 2011 to demolish and rebuild the market as a new flagship shop in the town centre, trading on two floors. The ‘Elegant Touch’ shop on the very corner remains and the new build goes into the back area where the Howards plants and vegetables were, creating another back entrance and short cut through the building.
Rumour has it that part of the reason why the market closed was the poor state of repair of the building and the cost of the improvements which were required. A complete rebuild will greatly improve this corner of the high street, which stands in a prominent position.
After fly tipping at the rear of the building when it had been closed a while, and broken windows at the front, M&Co boarded the front and back and added their own advertising hoardings to stake their claim. Some of these were damaged in the high winds over the Christmas and New Year period and then replaced.
M&Co head office confirmed in January that they are very much continuing with their plans, and looking forward to starting on site this year, hopefully in late spring/early summer.
Victoria Market just before it closed
Victoria Market ready for M&Co to start working