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Fair trade haven secured as latest addition to Newark’s Buttermarket

Posted onPosted on 14th Aug

A NOTTINGHAMSHIRE-based company bringing ethically sourced, fair trade products to the high street has been secured as the newest tenant in Newark’s Buttermarket.

With a passion for equality and helping those in developing countries achieve better trading conditions, family-run Fairly Trading – which operates under the name Iguazu – is due to open to customers in mid-August, marking an exciting new era for the town, with its first shop solely dedicated to selling fair trade products.

The Buttermarket was bought by Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark Town Council in December of 2018 and a plan to secure new long-term retail, food and drink and high street services in the building is under way.

Both councils regard the iconic building and the adjacent Royal Exchange as playing a major and strategic role in boosting the town’s retail, cultural and leisure offer.

Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Coun David Lloyd, said: “The opening of Iguazu is excellent news for Newark. It will further help breathe new life and activity into a prime location, contributing to the further development of Newark as a busy and thriving town.

“The Buttermarket is shaping up to have a brilliantly diverse tenant mix and we look forward to welcoming them.”

Fairly Trading already has stores in Beeston and West Bridgford. Work is under way to refit three previous units into one for the Iguazu’s opening in mid-August.

The store will sell fair trade clothing, sterling silver and gemstone jewellery and furniture.

Neil Walton, Fairly Trading managing director, said: “We have wanted to open a shop in Newark for more than five years and especially in the Buttermarket. With the council taking it over, we were hugely impressed with their redevelopment plans for both the Buttermarket and Newark in general, so we knew it was the right time.

“We hope to do such a beautiful building proud and look forward to welcoming you all into it mid-August.”

Pictured, from left, are Pete Preece, Newark and Sherwood District Council projects officer; Neil Walton, Fairly Trading managing director; and Coun David Lloyd, the leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council.