City in the market for new business

Businessman, Daniel Walton (right) has reopened Sunderland City indoor market with stall holders, Lee Perry, Clair Pearce and Graham Marks.

Businessman, Daniel Walton (right) has reopened Sunderland City indoor market with stall holders, Lee Perry, Clair Pearce and Graham Marks.

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A CITY market is hoping to pull in the customers with a Spanish flavour.

Businessman Daniel Walton swapped working in sunny Spain for Sunderland to relaunch its Indoor City Market.

The 29-year-old has taken over the market in Fawcett Street and wants to encourage more people to shop local.

And he is marking the relaunch with a Christmas fair, taking place this week.

The event started on Monday and features crafts, cakes, gifts and more.

Santa and his elves will also be paying a visit to the fair, which takes place between 6pm-9pm every day until tomorrow.

Originally from Manchester, Daniel worked in promotions in the Costa del Sol, before moving into supplying goods to markets.

The opportunity came up to run the market in Sunderland city centre and he decided to take on the challenge.

He said: “There’s babywear, kids’ clothes, funky shops that sell all the Gothic stuff.

“We are trying to get a bit more footfall and show people that they don’t have to walk past us to get a decent bargain.

“They can probably find it inside our market.

“I don’t think the community is aware that we are there.

Businesses already up and running include The Food Weighouse and Spanish fashions from Llods y Anitas.

Anyone interested in setting up a stall at the market can contact Daniel on 07936 384 292.

The market is also looking for someone to step into the role of Santa.

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