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Mold market still thriving, says town centre manager

MOLD’S market is as bustling and popular as ever, insists the town centre manager.

Concerns have been raised about the apparent drop in stall numbers on some Wednesdays throughout January and last week, when one reader contacted the Chronicle to express her dismay at how ‘subdued’ the town centre was on market day.

However town centre manager Dave Hill and Brenda Perry, the market manager, say there is nothing to worry about.

“Mold is more than holding its own for numbers of market traders and there is a waiting list for markets on Saturdays,” said Dave Hill.

“Wednesday’s are always quieter however, especially at this time of year.

“When the weather is bad or windy, many traders have exclusions from their insurance and they don’t want to run the risk.”

Mr Hill added: “Plants are not available for sale in the winter so those stalls don’t come out, and other traders don’t tend to turn out if it’s particularly cold as there are fewer visitors.

“Many traders also choose to take their holidays in January.”

Mold has the capacity for 65 stalls at its market, a number which organisers are hoping to increase.

Over winter the average number of stalls was 48 on Wednesdays and 49 on Saturdays – figures which Mr Hill said are slightly up on last year.

“I’m confident that we still have the biggest and best street market in North Wales,” he said.

“All the data suggests we are getting more popular rather than less, and the photograph showing the empty street reflects the weather and time of year.

“Any other conclusion is a nonsense!”