TRADERS in Eastover are reeling after it was confirmed the Bridgwater Indoor Market will close on September 30.

Wendy Sapsford, who manages the centre, confirmed it was shutting but declined to comment to the Mercury.

The centre was given a major revamp just two years ago but many traders have since left.

Former manager Pearl Johnson was at the heart of the revamp two years ago and is now left looking for a new home for Bridgwater Shopmobility, which she runs in the market.

She said: “It's just really sad.

“I have been a part of this place for 15 years - I used to work in the café.

“Everyone is shocked and our customers are devastated.

“My biggest concern is Shopmobility. As a charity we are really busy and no one else does a service like this.”

Jimmy Stretton, who runs Jim's Tools in the market, said: “I moved here from Brighton in February and set up the business.

“It is a real shame the market is closing but no one is coming in.

“The market going will kill this end of town. There is nothing down here anymore.”

Shopper Marion Gorton, of Mendip Road, said: “This place was absolutely fantastic but what's going to be down this end of town apart from the railway station? Nothing.”

Bridgwater Chamber of Trade chairman Steve Leahy, who also runs Bridgwater Communications in Eastover, described the news as “sad” but added: “If we had a major name go into the site, it would attract more businesses to the area.”

IF you can help Bridgwater Shopmobility find new premises in the town, contact Pearl Johnson on 07542-453835. To have your say on this story, use the comment box below.