A stunning new market has just opened in the Baltic Triangle featuring a unique concept that allows would-be traders to open stalls without the need for physically being in attendance.
Red Brick Markets incredible venue on Beaufort Street boasts 136 retail spaces, which already house more than 80 small businesses, with a range of sizes to suit any need in what the owners promise is a move that offers more choice for shoppers and greater flexibility for traders.
Units and wall spaces start from as little as £50 per week and that price includes all rates and charges, with the venue taking no commission on any items sold.
There is also no need for traders to physically be in attendance to sell their wares at Red Brick Markets as each stall has items with price tags and their name on, which shoppers pick up and take to the front of the market to pay at one central front desk run by owner Chris Day and his team.
Chris said: “The whole idea is to help small businesses. Shops come with massive price tags, business rates and long leases but we try to mitigate as many of the risks as we can for sellers.
“Our staff and central payments desk really set us apart, traders don’t have to man their own businesses, so people with kids, jobs and other responsibilities can have a go at setting themselves up and visiting whenever they like.
“We are already seeing thousands of people visiting each week to check out what our traders have got on offer. We’ve been told ‘it’s like walking through Etsy, but you can check out the quality of any product before you buy it’ which is amazing.
“From fashion lovers to music enthusiasts and homeware aficionados, there really is something for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome more traders and customers through the door.”
A champion of individuality, Red Brick Markets is already wonderfully popular with shoppers thanks to the eclectic mix of traders, artists and businesses in situ.
And, alongside retail spaces, Red Brick Markets also have flexible units for workshops, artist studios and non-selling businesses with short leases and basic rents while further extra space is being used to offer training courses for people around how you can set up your own business.
Chris added: “It’s one of those places you walk in and go ‘wow’ with a totally eclectic mix of old and new, things you wouldn’t get on the high street, and pretty much locally-sourced – much of it handmade – by local people.
“We’re really proud of what’s been created here and are looking forward to seeing everyone flourish.”