Cornhill Walk in Bury St Edmunds battles on as places fill for Christmas Fayre
Pop up shops, a bike park and café are on the cards in the Cornhill Walk for this year’s Christmas Fayre.
But the centre’s long term future is still uncertain as administrators try to find a buyer.
One market trader has moved into the empty @home window unit on a two month contract and says he would love to see the centre full of independents.
And the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk will be rehearsing there from Movember 9.
Darren and Jacqueline Old who run the cards and wrapping paper stall on the town’s market will be selling seasonal gifts, cards and decorations in The Cornhill for the next two months.
The Walk went into administration 20 months ago and administrators have been trying to market the site since.
Centre manager Chrissy Harrod has worked hard to create a pop up offer in the mall in order to keep it functioning while long term Cornhill Walk trader Buy The Light has remained constant.
She said: “We are packed full for the Christmas Fayre. I know the owners are trying to sell it but it takes a long time in retail for things to happen.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of ourburystedmunds, said: “It’s wonderful that Chrissy has managed to negotiate and get some activity into the center for Christmas. Without her drive and determination this wouldn’t have happened.It is frustrating that since it has been in the hands of the administrators there has been no positive action particularly as Bury is thriving.”
Panto director Karen Simpson, said: “We love working in the heart of the town. The actors really enjoy being able to get to know Bury before we move into the Theatre.”