London’s infamous Broadway Market is confirmed to re-open as a virtual market from Friday 10th July. Click It Local, who’s ethos is to enable local shops to be able to compete with the likes of Amazon on convenience and choice has teamed up with traders at Broadway Market to create an online platform that will function as a virtual market before the physical market can be reopened.
Click It Local founder Steven Koch says, “The past few months have been an exceptionally difficult time for UK markets with many struggling to stay afloat due to competition from bigger online businesses. Unfortunately, many independent markets have been badly hit. As shops begin to re-open, we want to support local markets with an additional stream of revenue and continue to offer the choice of shopping locally to the consumer.
I love shopping locally and especially at markets, so I wanted to find a way to offer the full market experience virtually to its community in one place online, as well as help small stalls offer the same level of speed and convenience that today’s online customers have come to expect.”
The app will follow next month but customers can start ordering now.
Stalls that consumers can shop at through Broadway Market virtually include; La Bouche, House of Buckley, My Eco Order, Downland Produce, Bardbury’s Hardware, Ted’s Veg and Jackpot Peanut Butter.
Steven runs a London-based digital retail agency headquartered in London, so he’s familiar with how an eCommerce trading platform works. The service will operate in and around the Hackney area
Click it Local has already proved popular since its launch in Cambridge last month and has now expanded to Brighton and London and will be available in Edinburgh later this summer.
The cost is a flat rate of £3 if you order from one retailer, but you can order from multiple retailers on the site, and each extra retailer adds £1 to the cost of the delivery.
Steven is calling for local shops and stalls to sign up and for the UK community to support their local stores. “Through Click It Local, communities are rediscovering their local high street and markets and it’s amazing to be able to recreate the individuality of the UK through the virtual high street and marketplace. Our aim is to ensure we can all continue to shop locally, support independent shops and provide for the local community” Says Steven
To find out more and shop locally, visit www.clickitlocal.co.uk or follow @clickitlocal across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.