ALL sorts of items from eggs, strawberries and cards to guitars, carpets and school uniforms are on sale at Winsford Market.

Yet traders say many shoppers are surprised to discover so many stalls tucked away beside Asda at Winsford Cross shopping centre.

Florist Georgina Lockett, who closed her shop on High Street and returned to a stall last September, where her business began,said: “There are more stalls here now than we have ever had.

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Florist Georgina Lockett who runs Georgina's Incredible Blooms

“A lot of people are moving into Winsford. We are a bit hidden away.”

Mum-of-six Roxi duRose, who launched her business Roxi’s Boutique, selling hair bows and ribbons four months ago, said: “Everyone has been brilliant, there is a lovely atmosphere.

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Roxi DuRose sells ribbons for designs custom made bows at Roxi's Boutique

“I don’t think people realise you can get so many things here.There are vintage records, animal feedstuffs, rugs and a watch and jewellery repairs. It’s a good traditional market.”

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Roxi duRose with some of her homemade bows

Greengrocer Robert Althorp gets up at 2.30am to buy fresh produce and has run his stall for 41 years.

The 82-year-old said: “I don’t need to work but I’d die of boredom if I didn’t. I’ve been doing this since I was three. I used to help my dad James when he had a stall in Northwich.

“It’s nice to see the summer fruits coming in.”

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Family business Julie Clare Schoolwear founded by Neil Hodkinson and his wife, Jean, more than 50 years, is now run with daughter Julie and son Tim.

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Jean Hodkinson at Julie Clare Schoolwear

Mum-of-four Julie said: “We do a savings club and put uniforms away. If families are struggling with several children it’s a lot to pay out all at once.”

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Julie Hodkinson who runs Julie Clare Schoolwear with her family

Uniforms for almost every school in the local area can be supplied.

Julie’s sister Clare Vernon took over Munchies Cafe and gave it a new look.

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Clare Vernon raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support at Munchies Cafe

“It is going really well,” said Clare.”We’re getting a lot of new people who have never been here before.

“A lot of people who live in Winsford don’t realise we are here.

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Karalan's Deli sells a selection of cheese, cold meats, sausages and pies

“We do a selection of homemade meals, hot and cold drinks, jacket potatoes, paninis, hotdogs and burgers.

“We also offer a pensioner’s special of cottage pie, a pudding and tea or coffee.”

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Real Deal Records sells vintage records and musical instruments

Traders have welcomed £21 million plans by Cheshire West and Chester Council to refurbish the shopping centre.

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Winsford Memorials offers a selection of items to remember loved ones

Robert said: “Investment would be good. Refrigeration would be great, especially in this hot weather.”

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Billy's Rugs

The market is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday.