LIMERICK City Council says there is a waiting list of traders who are interested in operating at the new weekly market on Cruises Street
The local authority has confirmed the new market, which will include up to 16 stalls will operate along the main section of the street between 9am and 4.30pm on Saturdays.
It is expected the initiative will be rolled out by the end of this month following the conclusion of discussions between retailers on Cruises Street and the Market Trustees.
“The objective of it is to increase footfall and the commercial vitality of Cruises Street. We will have about 16 new stalls which will offer higher-end products,” said Paul Foley, senior executive officer at the department of economic development and planning at City Hall.
Mr Foley said the operators of the new stalls were drawn from the waiting list of applicants for casual trading licences in the city.
And in an unusual move, the local authority is to provide the stalls to ensure there is a sense of uniformity to the new market.
“We are being very careful to ensure that this does not create any disadvantage to existing shops on Cruises Street or the Milk Market,” said Paul Foley.
The launch of the new market is the latest boost for Cruises Street which has seen a number of new stores open in recent months at units which had been vacant for some time.