Years ago, Market Street must have been a vibrant mix of independent retailers selling a wide range of food, specialist goods, household furniture and items, cafes, and clothing.
Fast forward to today and you’ll now find two shops on Market Street that pay you for your clothes! Yep, you can bag up those old jumpers that you’ve never liked; throw in those jeans that always were a bit too tight and weigh them in along with anything else that just isn’t you any longer. Throw them in a black bin liner, take them to the shop and get paid about 60p/kg.
Now such shops aren’t quite probably what Mary Portas would put forward as a way of enticing premium retailers to Market Street. I know that the Hoylake Village team have mentioned the shops on their facebook page but what do you think of them? Are they a handy, easy way to raise some cash (for yourself or a good cause) and a useful, local (recycling) service or would you prefer some other niche retailer that sells you things in these two previously empty shops? If you’re not keen on them, would your view be different if they still offered the same service but had more attractive shopfronts? Have you say in the comments below – it’d be great to hear from some local shopkeepers too.
By the way, the above photo was kindly sent in by Paul Doleman and it’s one of three views of Market Street over different decades. Here’s the other two: