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Readers urge Moor Market traders to do more

Smiths' owner Paul and Vicky Smith, who are quitting their stall in Sheffield's new Moor Market

Smiths' owner Paul and Vicky Smith, who are quitting their stall in Sheffield's new Moor Market

The type of stalls in the new Moor Market and its location are to blame for retailers quitting, according to readers of The Star.

Handbag stall Smiths, which has traded since 1851, is one of a dozen retailers to quit the Moor Market since it opened six months ago.

Owner Paul Smith said as little as few as nine customers now come to the stall a day. Latest figures show the number of shoppers using the market stands at around 60,000 a week – short of the 100,000 expected.

Readers commenting on The Star’s website – www.thestar.co.uk – and Facebook page feel the location of the market and the type of goods being sold are putting off shoppers.

Gavin Murray said the traders will determine its success, not Sheffield Council.

He added: “If the traders sold things people wanted to buy they wouldn’t close. Times change and customer needs change.”

Duckweed wrote: “His stall is failing for the same reason this new shopping centre will fail. People shop around online and buy online most things these days.

“If they are going to make the effort to come into town it has to be something a bit more special.”

Stewart Frost said: “Markets have to be unique in what they sell to generate income, like for example Paleo diets, there’s a market there for this type of food, if the price is right people will come. The other problem is parking.”

Cakelady felt it was more to do with the its location.

She said: “I seem to remember that when this market was first proposed the people of Sheffield made it clear that it was in the wrong place and they wouldn’t use it. As usual Sheffield City Council ignored them.

“I’ve only been once I found it OK but a bit soulless. It is too far away from buses and parking.”

 

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