Despite the tough economic times, business is booming at Darwen Market with four new traders recently taking up pitches.
One of those, Natalie Cooper, recently opened her stall, Revolution Clothing, after finding it in the most unlikely of places.
Says Natalie: “I was looking through eBay and saw it was up for sale. I’ve always had businesses but took some time out recently to have a baby. I was looking to get back into it though and seeing what was available.”
Natalie placed a bid and was delighted when she found out she’d won the auction.
Natalie adds: “It’s a fairly unusual way of buying a business but I came to have a look round the market and saw how busy it was. It’s not too far from where I live and is in a perfect location.
“After I bought the stall we ripped everything out and totally re-stocked it. It was a menswear stall before but we got an addition to the licence so we could do ladies wear as well.”
Revolution Clothing now sells everything from designer wear and casual clothes to going out gear and underwear.
Adds Natalie: “You meet a good variety of people from all walks of life at Darwen Market and everyone’s very friendly. I’m really happy here.”
Darwen market boasts over 90 stalls under cover, offering an amazing variety of produce and specialist items. Parking is also free.
Visitors can expect to receive a warm and friendly welcome and an attentive and uniquely personal service from the stall holders, many of whom have long standing associations at the market; sometimes stretching back through generations.