TRADERS SOUGHT FOR ALEXANDRIA TOWN CENTRE MARKET

By Rory Murphy

A weekend outdoor market could come to Alexandria – if sufficient interest is show by people who want to trade in the town centre at Mitchell Way in Alexandria.

The Vale of Leven Trust is exploring the possibility of running weekly markets in Alexandria town centre, with the group keen to hear from local companies to judge if it would be worthwhile organising.

They are looking for local craft and food producers to fill in an online survey in order to help establish the best route forward.

Janice Ross from the Trust said: “We all know that there are a high number of cars that bypass our town as they head up north or to Balloch or Lomond Shores for the amazing views and sights of Loch Lomond.

“But we would like to encourage some of these passers-by to stop in the Vale to support our local economy.

“Due to some changes taking place with the land in the town centre, we undertook a Street Stall and small Facebook survey in late 2020 on what the local people felt would be ideal for the use of the Bank Street land.

“The impromptu survey identified that the majority wanted some form of retail.

“Building retail shops is outwith our budget at this time and, with the ongoing restrictions due to Covid-19 which are likely to be with us in differing ways for some time, it seemed far more feasible that we consider outdoor markets.

“Given our town’s long history and heritage around textiles it wasn’t a stretch to consider the town could easily build on this heritage with a market that was more focussed on local crafts and foods.

“We would like to invite any local crafters or small businesses to undertake the survey.”

To fill out the survey visit the online form – and for more detail email info@valeofleventrust.com

One comment

  1. would it be possible for dumbarton council to try an idea i was thinking about how about giving shop owners 1 year of NO RENT time to possibly some traders time to establish a going business

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