It’s all about customer service, experience, promotion and adapting to new trends and markets, if you want to succeed as an independent retailer in 2019 and beyond, according the manager of one of the region’s most successful indoor markets.
Dundas Shopping Centre and Middlesbrough Council’s Live Well Centre, based in Dundas House, have produced a video showing how to buy value for money ingredients and cook a traditional set piece Christmas Day meal - and a vegan alternative - for eight people for less than £5 per person.
Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre for Christmas, re-starting a thirty year old tradition. Traidcraft has opened every year during the festive period since 1985 in different retail units in Middlesbrough town centre. It is a Fairtrade business which trades with a bias to the poor and enables producers to receive a proper return for their skill and hard work.
Little ones can post their letter to Father Christmas in a special interactive Santa’s Post Box and watch their letter be whisked off to Santa’s home of Lapland. Santa’s Post Box is on the main shopping mall from 19 November, in good time for the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights on 22 November and the Magical Middlesbrough Parade on Sunday 2 December.
A new toys and gifts business has opened in Middlesbrough town centre thanks to a bequest from the owner’s late father. Rebecca Wood’s dad left her enough money to quit her job and start Rebecca’s Toys, Gifts and More in Dundas Indoor Market, selling a range of toys and gifts for children of all ages.
Middlesbrough’s Dundas Market has signed up five new tenants in just five weeks, recently achieving 100% occupancy for the first time in more than a decade, and leading to plans by the market to create more retail space to accommodate more businesses. “We still want to hear from prospective new tenants and welcome enquiries, but space in our vibrant market is now at a premium.
Dundas Indoor Market café Jean’s Kitchen has launched a new vegan menu in association with the market’s vegan business The Little Vegan Market. Vegan cooked breakfasts, vegan cheeseburgers, soya mince chilli and chickpea curry will be on the menu at Jean’s Kitchen throughout October, as the café responds to more requests from shoppers for alternatives to their traditional menu.
Ferguson’s Fruit and Vegetables, run by experienced greengrocer Andrew Ferguson, takes a stall at the monthly market as part of a trial of its fresh products in the shopping centre, as does a new florists called Made With Love. Joining them at the Saturday market are South African (SA) Delicacies and Curious Cakes and Creations.