Market set to be given a new lease of life

Hawick's Saturday market has fallen on hard times
Hawick's Saturday market has fallen on hard times

Hawick’s once popular Saturday market could be set for a new lease of life with the news that one of the country’s leading operators is about to take on the lease.

Concerns have been expressed in the last few months that the once bustling market was dying a death but this latest development will be welcomed by townsfolk.

The number of regular stall holders rarely reaches double figures nowadays and the market, which was once a huge draw for locals and visitors from other Border towns, looked like it could be on the verge of collapsing.

Geraud Uk Ltd was established in the UK in 1998 and is the British arm of Groupe Geraud, an Anglo-French company.

The company is based in Liverpool from where it reportedly manages 55 international markets on behalf of over 30 local government authorities in the UK.

While final arrangements are being made, it is hoped that the deal will be completed in time for them to take over tomorrow (Saturday).

Delighted at the latest development, Hawick councillor Watson McAteer said it can only be a good thing for the town: “While there remains some contractual arrangements to be confirmed, the prospect of such a well-renowned and respected market operator as Geraud’s opening in Hawick must be good news to all who visit and shop in the town.

“This company has a philosophy of complementing town centre retail and shopping strategies and there is no reason why their presence will not further the work to bring the High Street back to life.

“They have also indicated that they would be willing to support local events by providing bespoke stalls away in locations away from the Commoin Haugh if that will help the town.

“It’s this type of flexible and responsive approach that will hopefully help secure the Saturday market’s future by attracting more visitors to the
town.”