A NEW speciality market is to spice up Mondays at Ashton Market Ground.
The Asian-themed Ashton Bazaar Market launches on Monday (7) with a vibrant and colourful event that’s set to attract new shoppers to the town centre.
The market will be opened by The Civic Mayor of Tameside Councillor Leigh Drennan at 11am with entertainment including Asian music and dancing.
Ashton Bazaar will then be held on the fixed stalls every Monday, from 10am to 4pm, with sixty businesses selling a host of goods, including Asian fashions and foods, from abayas, footwear, scarfs and jewellery to fresh food and sweets, as well as perfumes and household items such as bedding and homeware.
The market will be unique in the area, attracting customers who currently shop elsewhere and increasing footfall to the town centre in a boost for local businesses.
The well-respected operator holds a weekly bazaar in Rotherham, where feedback confirms that the event is the town centre’s busiest day.
Figures show that Mondays are the quietest trading day at Ashton’s outdoor market, so the new attraction will increase interest and trading.
Ashton Bazaar Market will be fully licensed by Tameside Council and subject to ongoing review.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The new bazaar will be a fantastic addition to Ashton Market offering a unique shopping experience for residents and visitors. It will be a vibrant and colourful event every Monday that will bring in customers who currently shop elsewhere, increasing footfall and boosting local businesses.
“It’s proved popular in other towns and I encourage everyone to check it out and see what’s available. The opening event promises to be a wonderful launch that will inject some entertainment and excitement into Monday’s market.”
Zohaib Hussain, the Bazaar event operator, said: “We’ve been looking to establish an event within Greater Manchester for some time and had started to look at Tameside and its neighbouring districts. Tameside’s Market Service has a solid reputation throughout the industry and upon meeting with Tameside’s Markets Manager it became immediately apparent that we shared a mutual passion about markets and supporting the communities we serve. I am confident that the Bazaar Market will bring additional vibrancy to Ashton town centre on a Monday, and if it receives the support that we hope it will, it will establish itself as a destination event for not only the local community but people across the region.”