By Exclusive by Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 04/11 13:10
RUBERY Market could be back open before Christmas, The Standard can reveal.
Lisa and Peter Mace, directors of the Autism Birmingham Community Interest Company, have taken over the building and now they want to hear from potential stallholders. The stalls will be leased for between £50 and £80 per week, depending on the size.
There are also 24 glass cabinets there where people can showcase their items or for community groups and organisations to advertise their services or events.
They are available for £10 per week and all of the cash generated by sales of items goes straight back to the sellers.
The profits raised from the venture will go towards funding sensory equipment for children in Birmingham with autism.
Lisa and Peter already have two charity shops for their cause - one in Stirchley and one in the new Longbridge Town Centre.
The pair are now hoping to reopen the market before the festive season.
Lisa said: “We are extremely excited to have acquired such a great building with great potential and indeed look forward to working with the local community.”
She added she hoped the pair’s retail and business experience would bring people back to the village and maximise turnover for stall holders.
“And, whereas profits often go to company directors or shareholders, here they will be reinvested in a really good cause.”
Lisa and Peter, whose boys Ben and George both have autism, launched the charity in March of this year.
The Standard reported back at the start of September how Rubery Market had been forced to close its doors amidst mounting debts and the inability to find a new buyer for the venue.
Any sole traders or companies who may be interested in leasing a stall or one of the glass cabinets can e-mail email@example.com or call Lisa on 07964 144942.
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