One of Sheffield’s longest-established market traders is shunning a move to the new Moor market – saying it is cheaper to open his own shop.
Simmonite butchers and fishmongers have decided to leave the market where they have traded for 70 years, and instead open an independent store on Division Street.
Carl Simmonite, who currently runs the business, is unhappy he would have less selling space on The Moor than his stall, at a higher cost – while opening hours will be restricted to 9am to 5pm.
He said: “We looked at the new plans for the market, and at the newly planned service charges.
“We would have to pay more for less space, have a limit on what we could sell, and a limit on our hours.”
Mr Simmonite said while he pays £30,000 rent for his stall, he would have to pay £69,000 in the new market for ‘significantly less’ selling space.
He said: “We had to look elsewhere. We chose Division Street – it’s £5,000 more, but we can open seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm, and we get 90ft of counter space.”
Mr Simmonite said he wanted to stay in the market, but his family business had to move to survive.
Ian Bingham, vice chairman of Castle Market Traders’ Federation, said: “It’s their own decision. I don’t think the market will be affected, as they’re the only ones I know of.”
However, he warned stallholders would not find the new £16.5 million market affordable unless there is a ‘dramatic increase’ in customers attracted to it.