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Woolies could become market

A LONG-standing councillor thinks that the town centre premises which could soon be vacated by Woolworths might be the ideal home for a market hall.

A LONG-standing councillor thinks that the town centre premises which could soon be vacated by Woolworths might be the ideal home for a market hall.

According to Councillor Kate Wild (Con, St Alphege), locals have been clamouring for a new venue since the old hall - based on Solihull High Street - closed in the late 1990s.

Woolworths went into administration last month and the Mill Lane branch is one of hundreds under threat nationwide.

Coun Wild, said: “I was very sad to hear what had happened to Woolworths - I got a job with the company when I was 15-years-old and worked there for several years.

“But the building in the town centre could be a very useful place to put a market hall. There is definitely a demand in Solihull and over the past ten years I’ve been repeatedly asked by people in my ward if there are plans for a new market hall.”

“I think that it would be a real boost for Solihull town centre and I will be speaking with my fellow councillors to see if we can get the idea off the ground.”

Betty Tanner is one of many Solihull shoppers who would welcome the return of a market. She believes that there would be ample space in the town centre and would add to the shops already in Solihull.

“It would make a real difference to Solihull and there are things you can buy from stalls which you can’t get at the larger shops,” she said.

The future of Woolworths branches across the country has been thrown into uncertainty following last month’s announcement - a buyer has yet to be found for the stricken business.

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