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Swansea Market nears full occupation

THRIVING Swansea Market is now just about full for the first time in more than five years.

Swansea Market

All but one of the 109 stalls there will soon be in use thanks to three existing stallholders taking on extra units at the historic attraction.

Ali Sepiani, of Kandy Tailoring; Keith Howard, of Thai Taste; and Tim Stephens, of Smiles Photo, are all opening up additional premises over coming weeks.

Swansea Council is now calling on anyone interested in taking up the one remaining empty stall to get in touch by calling the City Centre Management team on 01792 633090. Its occupation would lead to the market enjoying a 100% occupancy rate for the first time since September 2009.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "This is fantastic news but we're now looking for a business to take up the last remaining stall. The current take-up level at the market isn't just further evidence of its continuing relevance at the heart of Swansea city centre - it's also testament to the hard work of the three businesses opening up additional stalls because these are existing traders who are looking to expand.

"The impressive occupancy rate comes at a time when we're about to refurbish the market's roof to preserve the facility for many years to come. Subject to available funding, other improvement works could follow at the market in future to further improve its look and feel.

"Access into and around the market hall will be maintained at all times throughout the roof refurbishment works and it'll very much be a case of business as usual there, so I'd urge people to continue to support the market traders throughout the improvement project."

Preparations on site for the roof refurbishment work, expected to last until the summer, have now started. The £1.9 million project, funded by Swansea Council and the Building Enhancement Programme, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, will include the refurbishment of the existing barrel vault roof and the renewal of roof and gable glazing.

Essential repairs to the flat roof and the roof light lanterns will also be carried out.

Swansea Council has appointed R & M Williams to carry out the works, who have now set up a site compound at 39 Union Street next to one of the market's entrances.

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