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SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 www.market-trader.co.uk APRIL 26 - MAY 9, 2019 Traders’ anger over plans


Traders in a Scottish city market have vowed to do all they can to stop it being demolished. Real estate investment


company Patrizia, which owns Aberdeen Market as well as the former BHS building on the city’s Union Street, last month submitted plans for a “landmark building” complete with shops, cafes and upmarket office space. But independent traders


within the market, who sub- let units from operator Market Village, claim they will be forced out of the premises if the redevelopment goes ahead.


Rashid Mohammed runs a clothing outlet, and fears he will lose his livelihood if the plans are given the green light. “I’ve been here for the


last 24 years and I am really worried about what could happen,” he told local media. “I’ve become friendly with


my customers over the years and they keep asking me where I am going to go. “But I’m 55. Where am I


going to be able to get a job if I lose my business now? “Every business in the


market has one or two people working there and lots of them have children. What are they meant to do? “It’s not just about the traders. I am worried that if this building is demolished and replaced the whole area will be spoiled. Aberdeen needs the market.” Katie Grosz, co-owner


of Combo Cafe, is a recent addition to the market, having opened the doors of her business for the first time in December after investing £35,000 of her savings. She told local media: “We


feel cheated at having spent so much money on building a business for this to then happen. “As well as ourselves, everyone else in the market has invested so much money and work in their businesses.” Another trader, who didn’t


wish to be named, added: “I’ve been here five years and built a business from nothing. That’s being thrown in the dirt. “All of us have been treated badly by everyone involved


ISSN 2057–6781 Aberdeen Market


and we want people to see what’s going on.” Local media has reported


that a letter of opposition signed by 24 business owners has been handed to Aberdeen City Council, citing a number of reasons for objecting to the plans. According to the traders,


letters requiring responses by a certain date were either sent with no date included, or on the date the response was required. A city council spokeswoman


said: “The letter from the Aberdeen Market traders has been submitted as a letter of representation to the current planning application for the new building proposed for the site of Aberdeen Market. “All the points raised by


the letter will be considered as part of the assessment of


Patrizia’s proposed new development for Aberdeen


the application and by the committee report when this application is reported to the planning development management committee later this year.” A spokeswoman for Patrizia


said that although the firm understood the traders’ objections, the building would become “obsolete” if it didn’t change. She told local media: “We


sympathise with the traders. However, the current building no longer meets current retail demand and will remain mainly vacant and obsolete. “The impact of a vacant building has a knock-on affect on neighbouring shops and businesses with a reduced footfall adding to challenging trading conditions. “The shift in retail demand on the high street has resulted


in the collapse of major well- known stores, relocations to local shopping centres or structural changes in the retail market.


“Attempts have previously


been made by Patrizia to repurpose the existing building with the Market Village but this has proved unsuccessful. “This presents a highly


compelling opportunity to reinvigorate the east end of Union Street, delivering a vibrant place to visit by increasing and enhancing civic space and therefore the overall public realm. “The outline plans show


how a major redevelopment of the site has the potential to create a much more attractive and innovative architectural building that will house a demand-led mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and offices


and greatly improve the surrounding area with large, open public spaces and pedestrian thoroughfares.” It is hop ed the redevelopment will encourage better use of the city’s historic merchant area known as The Green for markets and events.


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