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Rochdale Market to close after 768 years

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After more than seven hundred and fifty years, Rochdale Market is to close.

The council says it's no longer financially viable, losing up to £4,000 a month.

Both indoor and outdoor sites will stop trading next month.

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"Over the past year the number of traders regularly attending the market has halved and it is not financially viable. There have been 4 days over the past year, including 2 Saturdays, when no traders turned up, and on 9 others, only one trader was present.

"Although we've been successful in attracting new businesses into vacant shops in the town centre (more than 20 have moved in since 2015), there has not been the same level of interest in the market."

– Rochdale Borough Council
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"Our market manager will support any traders who would like to relocate to other markets in the borough or any other suitable location.

"Special events, which have worked well since they were introduced, will continue and we'll look to build on these in the future.

"The market hall is in a prime location in the heart of Rochdale town centre and we will be working on alternative use for this important building going forward".

– Rochdale Borough Council