Second stall shuns market

Carl and Mike Simmonite are moving their market stalls from Castle Market to Divison Street. Our picture shows Carl (stood, left) and Mark (stood, right) with employee Gary Oldershaw and a giant poster advertising the move.
Carl and Mike Simmonite are moving their market stalls from Castle Market to Divison Street. Our picture shows Carl (stood, left) and Mark (stood, right) with employee Gary Oldershaw and a giant poster advertising the move.
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A second long-standing trader at Sheffield’s Castle Market is shunning a move to The Moor.

Holbrook’s fresh fruit and veg business is switching to wholesale and home delivery - because of increased rent and service charges.

Lee Holbrook, a trader at the market for 16 years, said he had initially been in favour of the move.

But he said: “The rent is a big problem. I can pay it, but other traders won’t be able to. There’s a service charge and it’s going to be double the price.”

He also said restrictions on delivery, which would prevent stock arriving after 8.30pm, were unacceptable for a fresh fruit and veg stall.

“It’s not that I don’t want the change, it’s just that the new building is not what was described to us in the first place. They said the rent would be dearer, but never said it would be double.

“I am sad. I have worked 100 hours a week for 16 years - but at least I can spend more time with my family.”

Simmonite’s butchers has also said it is moving to a shop on Division Street because it works out cheaper and allows more space.

Sheffield Council said rents at the new site were at market levels, instead of the current 30 per cent discount, because of the new building and improved facilities.

Coun Leigh Bramall added: “I am sorry Mr Holbrook feels the new state-of-the-art market on The Moor will not suit his needs. Fortunately many other traders do not share his views.

“We have been inundated with applications and are now around 90 per cent full.”