Butchers plead for shoppers to support Chester's market traders after footfall plummets in wake of shut bus interchange

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Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

A COUPLE who run a butchers shop in Chester Market have made a heartfelt plea for people to continue supporting market traders.

Geoff and Debbie Hughes, of Hughes Family Butchers, say footfall has plummeted since the Princess Street bus interchange shut last Monday.

The old bus interchange was just yards from the market and near to other city centre landmarks including the Town Hall and the newly-opened Storyhouse building.

But the couple have no criticism of the decision to open a new interchange at Gorse Stacks, off Frodsham Street.

The positive-thinking pair took to Facebook to remind people that there is a Shopper Hopper from the new bus station to the market and asked them to stay loyal to the market.

They wrote: “There have been many changes over the years, lots of highs and lows, and we see busier and quieter times every year, but this year is different…

“The most recent change of the Town Hall Bus Station closure and the opening of the new Chester Bus Interchange has seen the footfall of Chester Market drop to its lowest!

“All businesses within Chester Market have seen fewer customers than ever before.

“We truly believe the new and future developments of Chester are fantastic and this will bring more trade into our city centre. Nonetheless, we can’t continue as we are currently.

“People aren’t visiting Chester Market and this needs to change.”

They added: “Hopefully with time people will become more familiar with the new bus routes and the free Shopper Hopper service, but we can’t be sure and we certainly can’t wait.

“We need to do something about this sooner rather than later. We need all our customers to be aware of how easy it is to get to us and encourage them to still visit us in Chester Market.

“Without YOU we will not survive and neither will any other traders.

Geoff has worked in Chester Market since he was 14 and has been in business with Debbie for more than 20 years.

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