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Shop & Drop Delivers New Shopping Experience

Robin Blair

Darlington Indoor Market is launching a brand new shopping service in the lead up to Christmas this year. 

From Saturday 8 December 2018, shoppers coming to buy their fresh meat, groceries and produce from the independent market traders, will be able to leave their shopping and come back later with their car to collect their shopping from the designated parking bay in Tubwell Row.

This free service provides shoppers with a much easier shopping experience. On arrival at the collection bay shoppers will be able to ring their trader(s) directly from the business card given, who will then personally bring their shopping to the car.

Nick Fenwick, Butcher, ‘The launch of this project, in time for Christmas, means people ordering and collecting their Turkeys and meat hampers for the seasonal celebrations can pre-order their food can just park right outside the building when coming to collect their shopping.’

Traders in the Victorian Market Hall have all welcomed this new initiative and are all taking part in this new offer.

Robin Blair, Groceries Trader, ‘This new collection service is great news. We often have shoppers struggling

to carry their bags, this will allow people to leave their bags, visit the town centre then return to collect their shopping by car. We are looking forward to providing this offer to our customers and visitors to Darlington.’

Customers can come and hand-select their produce or telephone orders from these local businesses. If this initiative is popular the collection service offer will be developed further with more town centre retailers providing a similar service.

Jonathan Owen Director of Market Asset Management explains, ‘Making shopping easier for customers with this new offer is essential to support our local, independent traders. This service will continue to develop with the introduction of collection lockers in the future and more online buying options.’

The Darlington Market’s Shop and Drop Service begins Saturday 8 December 2018. It will be available 8am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Darlington Covered Market sits in the heart of the town and will benefit from a multi-million-pound investment. It will remain sympathetic to its Victorian heritage but will transform into a 21st century retail destination based on the already excellent fresh food offer with a more cosmopolitan feel. It will blend its reliable and dependable value for money shopping tradition with an afternoon/evening family based leisure experience.

Darlington traders