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  • Why are traditional markets seeing a resurgence of interest?
  • Why are traditional markets seeing a resurgence of interest?
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The lure of the modern market

Glitzy shopping centres and department stores have sucked customers away from local markets, but after years of struggling, the quintessential British market is enjoying a renaissance. What’s attracting people back into the hustle and bustle of the traditional marketplace?

Location North America / Northern Europe

“Markets are the centre point of all great cities,” says Peter Williams, chair of Boohoo.com. [1] Visiting London has to include a stroll around Borough Market. In Toronto, it’s the St. Lawrence market; in Barcelona, the Boqueria. And when you’re in the French city of Lyon, the glorious Les Halles de Lyon food market is a must-visit.

Nowhere encapsulates the culture and identity of a city better than its marketplace – but despite this unique position, the UK’s market has been in the firing line for many years. Glitzy shopping centres and department stores have ...



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