Mission complete! Market Rasen shops are all full

The mammoth task of filling vacant shops in Market Rasen town centre looks like it is complete - but there is a price to pay.

Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) has been forced to make a tough decision to close its community arts and crafts store on the corner of the Market Place to make way for a new digital business.

MR BIG decided to move the BIG Corner Shop to another vacant unit but has discovered there are not any available.

MR BIG director Sara Scott said: “Our long-term goal was to see the high street fully occupied.

“MR BIG had to sit down and decide if we could afford to turn someone away.

“It gives us a problem but it’s a good problem to have.

“It’s about the town, it’s not about our little set-up, it’s about the high street being healthy.”

Sara said MR BIG is now looking into developing one of the town’s derelict buildings but warned it would not happen overnight.

The Big Corner Shop has provided an outlet for more than 40 artists and makers over its six months of trading.

One trader, Anna Finney, who started out at the BIG Corner Shop is planning a move to the former Scoops building in Queen Street.

In the past few months there has been a sharp rise in businesses opening in Market Rasen.

These include Sweet Beginnings Photography, Rasen Crafts and ladies clothes shop Isn’t She Lovely.

And many of the previously empty shops on the high street are now under offer - even the Square Bar in Market Place has had multiple offers in recent weeks.

BIG Corner Shop manager Kerry Lambie said: “The Corner Shop has successfully achieved some of its key objectives.

“We have returned a prime but empty retail space back into vibrant use.”