We’re still open, say traders

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ANXIOUS market traders are reassuring residents they are still open for business following a road incident.

The front door of Leigh Indoor Market on Gas Street had to be barricaded shut after a car collided with it at around 8.50am today (Wednesday).

The scene at Leigh Indoor Market

The scene at Leigh Indoor Market

Traders say this has led many shoppers to assume the entire building is closed, with takings on Wednesday severely down on normal levels.

However, anyone looking to visit the market can still do so, with those looking to access the stalls currently having to go through the loading entrance which is normally barred to the public around the back of the building.

One trader, who asked not to be named, said: “Since it happened this morning I’ve taken £1.80, whereas normally I’d have made £50 or £60 by lunchtime.

“A lot of people see the front and think we’re automatically shut so it’s going to affect trade and we’re worried.

“We don’t know how long it is going to be like this.”

Wigan Council also urged shoppers to continue visiting the market to support the traders and said it was working to ensure the doors were fixed quickly.

Emma Barton, assistant director for economic development and skills, said: “Leigh Indoor Market is still very much open for business and we would like to encourage shoppers to still come along and support the traders with great businesses on offer there.

“The entrance will be temporarily closed following the incident and traders near to the doors will be relocated for their own health and safety.

“The doors will be repaired as soon as possible and alternative entrance to the market is currently being put in place.”