BOLD bid to get Sunday opening for part of Queensgate Market was made today.
Traders in the Market Arcade want to open on Sundays to take advantage of the extra trading.
They believe it will help them fight their way out of a recession which has seen many retailers in Huddersfield fail.
But the move hinges on the go-ahead being given by Kirklees Council.
Traders have submitted a petition to the council asking for a six-month trial scheme.
Richard Woodward, who runs Huddersfield Pet Supplies, said: "We need to move from prehistoric trading days to modern retailing.
"Research by the Town Centre Association suggests that 20% of Huddersfield shopping is now done on Sundays yet we have not been part of it.
"We don’t want to force people to work on Sundays, but there are a number of people who want to try it out."
The traders believe a practical solution would be to open up the Arcade, which runs from the Queensgate multi-storey car park through to The Piazza.
Most of the food stalls would not open, but many of the other stalls – including clothing, cards and pet supplies – would. It is thought about half of the 18 stalls would be open.
Shutters set into the ceiling come down to close off the rest of the market hall.
Mr Woodward said: "Shopping is a seven days a week business, yet not in the Market Hall.
"We are hoping Kirklees Council, which wants to promote markets, is willing to give it a try.
"A lot of families choose to shop on Sundays and we want to be able to offer them our services.
"The recession has hit us hard and it is still hitting us hard."
He believes markets officials would be needed only to open up and secure the Arcade and said they already worked Sundays to cater for the markets such as the one in Holmfirth.
A Kirklees spokeswoman said: "We will be discussing this issue with the traders.
"However, we understand they are not all in agreement about opening on Sunday."