Traders aiming to boost 'vibrant' shopping area

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 July 2015

Books on The HillClevedon trading group.

Books on The HillClevedon trading group.

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A group of Clevedon traders is aiming to take advantage of the 'buzz' in the town by holding a new Sunday opening event.

The Hill Road Traders’ Association, made up of a number of business owners in the popular shopping street, 
plans to start a campaign which will see many stores open on the first Sunday of each month.

Beginning this weekend from 11am-4pm, it is hoped the project, labelled Clevedon Has It, will increase 
footfall in the area and take advantage of the many tourists that will be visiting the town this summer.

As well as Hill Road, the campaign will also include shops in Alexandra Road, Copse Road, Bellevue Road
and the seafront, and it is hoped this will encourage visitors to complete a circular loop of these areas.

Alistair Sims, speaking on behalf of the traders’ association, said: “Many people visit the seafront and don’t even know Hill Road is here.

“There is quite a big buzz around Clevedon at the moment and we want to use this buzz to bring these people into the area.”

Angela Jones, owner of Popular Pots, added: “People think they know what Hill Road is like but it is becoming so vibrant and there is much more diversity now than there ever used to be.”

A raffle will be held on the day when shoppers will be given a ticket for every shop they buy an item in. Each ticket will then be entered into a draw worth about £200 this week, featuring prizes donated by traders in the area such as a children’s book signed by a popular author and a body, neck and shoulder massage.

Traders hope the first Sunday opening will prove successful enough to make it a regular event in Clevedon’s calendar.

Alistair, who also runs Books on the Hill, said: “In the future we hope to explore the possibility of having a few stalls and making it into a really nice, regular event but first we need to make sure that this one works.”

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