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rOtherham’s CeNteNary market hall


Tel: 01709 365021 For more information contact: SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 www.market-trader.co.uk APRIL 28 - MAY 11, 2017 Trader’s fears for a Devon market


A stallholder at Plymouth City Market has told local media that he is increasingly concerned about the number of businesses moving out, despite an ongoing multi- million pound revamp of the 1950s building. With more than a dozen businesses having left in the last year, the worried trader, who wished to remain anonymous, blamed discontent among stallholders at the market on a “lack of leadership” on the shop floor. But market bosses in the


city have given assurances that they are doing everything possible to keep stallholders happy as the £3.5m refurbishment reaches the halfway point. “The current occupancy


rate is quite low,” the trader said, “lower than it was at the height of the recession. There are 27 empty, around a sixth of them. Also the perimeter shops are emptying quickly. “The main issue is the


lack of leadership on the shop floor, so to speak. The management team are uncommunicative; we see them once a week, on rent day, and we have had zero communication regarding the refurbishment works. “All of the traders are


aware of the fact that it is vital to present ourselves professionally and that customers will only come if we have goods worth buying – we are running businesses. “The market management


team do not feel that their role is to help develop footfall to the West End and the market.


As far as they are concerned they are administrative management only. That doesn’t work.” The trader compared Plymouth’s market to the successful Bury Market in Greater Manchester , describing the management team at Bury as “proactive” and accusing Plymouth bosses of failing to entice customers.


Retirements


Although occupancy levels at the market are currently 83 percent compared to 92 percent at this time last year, a spokesperson on behalf of the market and the council said this was due to a number of personal trader issues, including retirements. They added that five stalls


and three shops have been let to new traders since building work on the facility commenced. The spokesperson told


local media: “This is a £3.2 million refurbishment project which will secure the future of the market as an anchor shopping destination for the city for many years to come, and work on this scale was always going to take time and cause some disruption. “We expected that the


works may have some impact on footfall and the situation has not been helped by current development works in Market Way, which has resulted in the road being closed.” In response to the trader’s


claim that stallholders have not been kept informed, the spokesperson said everyone was initially briefed in 2016


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Plymouth City Market, where a £3.5m refurbishment is taking place (Photo: Murray Stanley)


when the market announced the contract had been awarded to Ryearch. “We notified that this would be a 12 month project and there would be some disruption,” the spokesperson continued. “We have made every


effort to keep disturbance to a minimum at all times, regularly liaising with Ryearch and agreed to avoid building works through December – the market’s busiest time – and carry out the majority of the work out of hours. “The market management


has made huge efforts to keep traders up to date, with monthly newsletters about


the project’s progress.” The spokesperson also pointed out that extra efforts had been made to ensure shoppers were aware that the market was still open while the work was taking place: “To try to keep visitors coming through the doors we have had numerous articles in the local media, not just about the works but new trader profiles. This has been reiterated on social media. “The scaffolding has


been dressed with banners and signs, internally and externally, to promote the fact the market is open as usual.” “The market management


Vote of confidence


Market traders in a North York- shire town have expressed their gratitude to residents and customers for their support. The message comes after


a strong vote of confidence from locals and visitors alike


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to keep Pickering’s Monday market in Market Place, rejecting a proposal to move it to the town’s Ropery car park. Stallholder Joanne Dawson


told local media: “I just want to publicly thank all the customers and shop holders – they’ve given us a lot of support.” Overall 81 percent of


those who responded to the consultation were in favour of


keeping the market in Market Place, including 100 percent of traders asked. The market recently moved


back to Market Place after a brief stint in the Ropery during roadworks. Although Ms Dawson admitted she hasn’t had any confirmation that the matter is settled, she said: “At the moment it’s looking like it’s in our favour.”


meet with the chairman of the traders association on a regular basis and is not aware of any concerns that have not been addressed by either PCC or Ryearch.” The current renovation


work has been funded by Plymouth City Council in an attempt to make the most of a locally iconic example of Plymouth’s post war architecture. The council has already


invested £80,000 in upgrading dated toilet facilities at the market. City planning chiefs gave


the ambitious market project the go ahead in April last year after a consultation process with market users. The huge revamp will


cost £3.5million altogether and will see the art deco building entirely redecorated, a special waterproof coating applied to the roof and flat parts of the roof structure fitted with solar panelling.


New era for


Scarborough Market Hall


New BusiNess OppOrtuNities! rOtherham’s CeNteNary market hall


market hall


Opportunities now available in a prime town centre location.With four million customers every year, trading six days per week!


• Fully secured units and refurbished stalls.


• Low rent at £428.95 + VAT per month with two months’ rent free incentive for new businesses. Balance of trade/ commodities to assist growth.


• Secure storage and secure car parking spaces with CCTV*


• Other business opportunities available.


For more information contact: @Rotherham Markets


markets@rotherham.gov.uk 01709 365021


*subject to availability


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