Local businessman Brian Toner has solved the problem of the Scottish weather with a new indoor market venture to open on October 31.
He recently purchased the old abandoned “United Free Church” next to an Italian Restaurant at the bottom of the High Street in Arbroath and has been given permission to convert the interior of the Church to an indoor market with up to 20 stalls.
“It offers a local option, for when the weather is bad and the car boot sales are not on, for local people to sell or buy,” said Mr Toner.
“I was always going to go for a market. After opening Cheeky Monkey’s in Montrose, it was getting too much for me. So I thought I would have a look at what was available in Arbroath.
“The sale of the United Free Church came up and somebody else put an offer in but it fell through and I was successful in my second bid.”
The market will offer a vast selection of goods such as antiques, hand-made jewellery and second hand clothes.
“Anybody can sell anything they want, it’s as simple as that,” explained Mr Toner.
“Beacause it is indoors people get the impression it is more complicated, but it is very similar to a car boot sale, just inside!
“We’ve gone in and renovated the hall, installing new toilets, including disabled access. There is also a little tea room where shoppers can come in, have a browse and then sit down for a tea or coffee and sandwich.”
The stall rent includes two 4ft tables which is provided by the venue so all vendors need to do is book the table and turn up with the goods to sell.
Mr Toner said: “I have spoken to a lot of people in Arbroath and there seems to be a real appetite for this.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a table cost of £8 Mr Toner is hoping it will be successful enough to open everyday in the future.