Hinckley Market resumes full trading

Published Monday, 08 June 2020

Hinckley Market is set to fully reopen over the next couple of weeks after the government gave the green light for outdoor markets to get back to business.

Over the coming few weeks the majority of the market’s regular traders have pledged to return.

Shoppers should be aware that in order to follow social distancing guidelines the market will look a little different and some of the traders will have changed location. This is to help ensure that there is space for queues outside of shops and also to avoid pinch points on Castle Street, where people cannot pass each other with two metre distancing. 

The market will also be spread over a larger area, so that there is enough space between each stall. Stewards, known as High Street Helpers, will be on hand in town to help advise where a specific market trader is and to help prevent groups from gathering and causing a blockage. 

Hand sanitising stations have also been provided for members of the public to use freely while out shopping in the town centre.

Executive Member for Town Centres, Councillor Keith Nichols said:

We are proud that we have been able to run the market during the pandemic, even on a limited scale. This underpins our ethos as a proud market town whose market has been trading since 1311. 

Town centres have been hit hard by coronavirus and we are pleased we’re now able to take the first steps towards reopening our town centres and supporting the recovery of our economy and the market reopening fully will certainly benefit everyone. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the market but would respectfully ask for everyone’s safety that we all remember to social distance and keep two metres apart while out in public spaces.

Hinckley Market is open Friday, Saturday and Monday and the following traders are expected to return over the coming few weeks:

Friday

  • Greetings cards and wrapping paper 
  • Wild bird food and timber products
  • Cosmetics
  • Sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits and crisps
  • Electrical goods, DVD players, HiFi, batteries, phones and smoking accessories
  • Flowers, plants, bulbs and wreaths
  • Watch batteries, straps and key cutting
  • Fresh seafood products
  • Doors, windows, conservatories, soffits, fascias
  • Hot and cold food and drinks, burgers, hot dogs, chips 
  • Fruit, salad and vegetables
  • Bread and cakes

Saturday

  • Dress fabrics
  • Greetings cards and gift wrap  
  • Wild bird food and timber products
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Cosmetics, hair and body products
  • Sweets, cakes, biscuits, crisps
  • Electrical goods
  • Millinery, underwear, nightwear, hosiery
  • Watch batteries, straps and watches
  • Windows, doors, soffits and fascias 
  • Hot and cold food and drinks, burgers, hot dogs, chips 
  • Bakery items, cakes and bread
  • Shrubs and trees, plants, fresh and silk flowers
  • Fruit and vegetables

Monday

  • Dress fabrics
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper
  • Wild bird food and timber products
  • Cosmetics
  • Millinery, underwear, nightwear, hosiery
  • Watch batteries, straps and watches
  • Windows, doors, soffits and fascias
  • Hot and cold food and drinks, burgers, hot dogs, chips 
  • Gents/boys work wear and sportswear
  • Plants
  • Fruit and vegetables