Change of plan
The indoor market was originally planned to open in April, but traders were left disappointed when they turned up the day before the launch only to find the locks to the building had been changed. With traders unable to contact Tony Peers, the businessman behind the venture, manager of the nearby Brewers Quay Emporium, Mike Ellery, stepped in to take over the running of the project.
Since April, a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to breathe new life into what was once a somewhat dilapidated shopping centre, and the new market opened successfully on 2 June, despite one of the windows being smashed overnight in a suspected act of vandalism. Over 70% of the available stalls have already been taken and building management, traders and members of the public alike all see it as a valuable addition to the town’s shopping offering.
Mr Ellery hailed the development as “a good thing for the town.” He said, “There are so many closed shops because rents are too high for most places. Independents struggle and this gives them an opportunity.”
Stallholder Mavis Newton added “The new market has got everything; it’s nothing like it was before so everyone should come and have a look. I think everybody will love it.”
A lot to offer
The indoor market is undoubtedly a boon for the town, and it is just one of many attractions that Weymouth and the surrounding area has to offer local residents and visitors.
One of the key draws of the area is of course the stunning Dorset coastline, which boasts clear waters, rich sea-life and award-winning stretches of golden sand, including Weymouth’s very own beach. What’s more, over half of the county is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is home to no less than five country parks. Of course, in order to enjoy these outdoor attractions, you need good weather - and luckily Dorset delivers in this area too, with 364 more hours of sunshine than the UK average.
On a more practical level, the legacy of the 2012 Olympics, has resulted in significant improvements to the area’s transport, infrastructure, jobs and sports and leisure facilities. And at just a two and a half hours drive or a direct train from London, the town is also well-connected.
For those looking to make Weymouth their home, the town also has a good range of attractive properties to choose from, including those quintessential Georgian-fronted homes which give Weymouth its distinctive look. If you’re tempted by everything this charming town has to offer, get in touch for information on the latest properties in Weymouth. We’ll be happy to help you find your perfect seaside home.