Operator announced for relaunch of Ramsgate’s weekly market

Market stall

Thanet council has announced Bray Associates as the new operator for Ramsgate’s weekly market.

The town centre, Friday market shut when covid restrictions were brought in during March 2020. It briefly reopened in June of that year but issues around placement meant the market closed again. A new site proposed for Pier Yard car park on the seafront was scuppered at the 11th hour.

Traders were then given the go-ahead to use Staffordshire Street car park, taking space in several disabled parking bays. But there was a drop in traders taking part on Fridays and none willing to set up for business at the site on Saturdays.

The low number of stalls meant falling income, with then-operator Hughmark making a decision to cease trade in the town.

In June last year, Cabinet members approved proposals to secure a new operator for the market. It also agreed to remove existing street trading and hawking restrictions on the High Street, King Street and Queen Street.

Three submissions were received during the marketing period. After a thorough review and interviews with all of the potential market operators, Bray Associates has been selected to relaunch the market.

Bray Associates currently manage markets for 13 local authorities. Thanet council says this understanding of market operations will be key to relaunching the new enterprise in Ramsgate.

Bray Associates plans to launch the new market in Ramsgate in April 2024, and expects to have between 15 and 30 traders. The market will be held on Ramsgate High Street, King Street and Queen Street.

Cllr Ruth Duckworth, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth at Thanet District Council, said: “Ramsgate residents have been telling us that they are keen to see the market return. A successful market provides a real focus for any town. Markets bring increased footfall to town centres, and we are confident that this will help Ramsgate’s existing businesses to thrive.

“We believe that the appointment of Bray Associates is in the best interests of our community and will ensure the market’s sustainability in the long run.”

Brian Nunan, Managing Director of Bray Associates, said “I am proud that Bray Associates has been appointed by Thanet District Council to manage Ramsgate Market. I am looking forward to working with the council to rejuvenate the Friday market, bringing in new customers and shoppers which will benefit local businesses and the town centre.

“Ramsgate, a well known seaside location with many attractions, has the ability to support a thriving high street market. It will bring vibrancy to the area, serving the local community and supporting the hotels and accommodation in the surrounding area.

“We are looking forward to welcoming both experienced and new traders, and encouraging charities and young entrepreneurs to apply for a market stall.”

Traders who are interested in applying to take part in the market should contact the Bray Associates Head Office on 01895 639912 or [email protected]

Ramsgate’s weekly market to return next April

7 Comments

  1. Bring it forward to before Christmas, I am desperate for some new shoes, now the 2 shoe shops that used to be in Ramsgate have shut up shop!

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