Lytham St.Annes Express 21 July 1922
NEW SHOPPING CENTRE.
A COVERED MARKET FOR ST. ANNES.
Considerable Interest will be taken in the announcement in
this issue that St.Annes is to have a first-class public market. A limited
company has been formed, under the name of Lytham. St.Annes Mart, Ltd., and has
erected a handsome building with a terra-cotta front in St. David's Road South,
a locality which is easily accessible as a shopping centre. Accommodation is
provided inside the building for over one hundred stalls, and there are lock-up
shops on the north side and facing St. David's Road South. A feature is the up-
to-date system of ventilation, which will ensure ideal conditions for the sale
of perishable articles
The directors have secured the services as market inspector of Mr. Jackson,
late inspetor of Altrincham Market, which is one of the most successful public
markets in the North of England.
At an interview with Mr. Jackson we were informed that there has been a great
demand for stalls and shops from all parts of the country, which in itself
indicates' the future success of the new venture, and a spirit of keen
competition, which is one of the essential features of a public market.
St. Annes will have in the future all the advantages of a market in which
stallholders have not to pay enormous establishment charges, and which means a
benefit to the purchaser. Hitherto the nearest, market has been Blackpool, and
has not attracted many customers from Lytham St. Annes, for the reason that the
cost, and inconvenience of travelling backward and forward outweigh the saving
which otherwise would be effected.
The new market, we understand, will he open every ,day from Monday to Saturday,
and the opening date is fixed, for Monday next, the 24th July.
St. Annes new shopping centre—the spacious, cleanly, well-lighted and covered
market in St. David's Road South—is becoming more and more appreciated week by
week, and daily a steady stream of the gentler sex can be seen with their
baskets going to market. At first many people were attracted by curiosity and
novelty, but now they are becoming buyers.
The market offers all the advantages of shopping in one of the great emporiums,
which is the latest method of retail trading. with the added advantage of
competitive prices. Under the one roof are gathered a large number of stalls,
on which are offered for sale all kinds of merchandise. Here and there are
stalls displaying farm produce direct from farmer to consumer, whilst there is
great variety in wearing apparel. Fruit and vegetables are brought direct from
the wholesale markets and in some cases direct from the grower. The market
therefore offers the discerning housewife opportunity to fill many of her needs
with much economy in time, money mid labour.
The building, whirls is nearing completion, is owned by a limited company. It
has a handsome front elevation in terracotta. fronted by sixteen lock-up shops,
each being accessible from the interior or exterior. There are two
entrances—the main entrance from St. David's Road South and a side entrance
from Alexandra Road West. The building is airy, well-lighted by glass and also
by electricity. An up-to-date system of ventilation has been adopted to ensure
ideal conditions for perishable articles. and the sanitation and cleanliness of
the whole buildings are highly efficient. The architect is Mr. Arnold England.
and the contractors Messrs. Keenan, Parker and Yates; Ltd.
The main entrance leads through an entrance hall direct into the market, which
has a total floor space of nearly 160 square yards: There are five rows of
stalls, of which over 60 are already occupied.
People familiar with markets in inland towns will appreciate the high standard
set by the new St.Annes Market, which is me of the finest buildings of its kind
in the County. Very often inland markets consist of a small market hall with a
large rear space in the open air, on which stalls are erected, and produce and
merchandise are subject to climatic conditions. Often, too, here are flare
lamps with their disagreeable odour. The market at St. Annes is the exact
opposite of such conditions. In the design and construction the chief aim has
been to secure cleanliness and perfect ventilation and sanitation. An
inspection of the building reveals that in these important matters success has
The market inspector is Mr. Jackson, late inspector of Altrincham Market, and
he is enthusiastic about the excellence of the building.
Markets are of ancient origin, and like most survivals of the medieval period,
they afford many public advantages. Their age may be said to be proof of their
value, and the greater freedom with which goods can be inspected and handled
adds in no small measure to their popularity. Since the rise in prices markets
have flourished with renewed vigour. The cheaper rentals end consequent lower
rates have much to do with the interchange of goods for cash.
Hitherto the nearest markets have bean Blackpool and Preston, and the cost end
inconvenience of travelling from St. Annes has outweighed any gain from
visiting these markets.
The Lytham St. Annes Market is open daily from 9-0 a.m. to 8-0 p.m., Wednesdays