Sheffield’s Moor Market stalls move on to Fargate for a day to raise awareness

Sue & Andrew busy on S&J's Pantry

Sue & Andrew busy on S&J's Pantry

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Shoppers are today flocking to colourful stalls from Sheffield’s Moor Market as several traders move on to Fargate for a day to shout about their businesses.

Caffeine-lovers have flocked to Coffee@Moor Market and foodies to S&J Pantry, while fruit and vegetables as well as clothes are on offer.

Beverley at work on Tracy's Fruit & Veg stall

Beverley at work on Tracy's Fruit & Veg stall

Shoppers are also being offered discount flyers and loyalty cards.

Susannah Youdan, from artisan food spot S&J’s Pantry, said: “I think people like something different and it shows what we have on offer at the market.

“The honey that we have has been doing really well because I think people like the idea of things being local to Sheffield.

“We’ve had great feedback.

Some of the market moved up the Moor to Fargate

Some of the market moved up the Moor to Fargate

“One person did ask where the market was but I’m not sure if they are from Sheffield and another person was confused because they’d been told to go to TJ Hughes and hadn’t found it as they had been directed to the old store.”

S&J Pantry started life as a stall in the old Castle Market, which is currently being demolished, and has since expanded at the Moor Market.

Susannah added: “We’d like to expand again all being well, if our loyal customers keep coming back and also if new people that don’t come at the moment.”

This week footfall figures showed 3.1m people visited the Moor Market in its first year compared to 3.6m in the last full year of Castle Market, which closed in November 2013.

Tracy's Fruit & Veg stall was busy

Tracy's Fruit & Veg stall was busy

Sheffield Council has said it is to cut traders’ rents by half until March 2017, although traders will still pay service charges, and dozens of people have shared feedback on what they want to see at the facility.

Robert Lowe, from Rotherham, runs Little Kathmandu clothing in the market and was on Fargate today.

He said it needed to be highlighted that the council was facing millions of pounds in cuts.

He added: “I do think it is a good idea, having the stalls on Fargate for a day.

“We’ve had positive feedback and I have sent several people down to the Moor Market to see my wife on the stall there.

“I would do this every week to be honest.”

Mr Lowe, who also runs market stalls in Chesterfield and York, also said everyone involved needed to ‘pull together’ to make the market successful.

He added: “What’s past is past and we either sink or swim.”

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