Big Issue seller banned from Sheffield supermarket is back in business

Big Issue seller Andy Ross at Waitrose
Big Issue seller Andy Ross at Waitrose
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A Big Issue seller who was barred from working outside a Sheffield supermarket has been found a new pitch elsewhere.

Andy Ross was told to leave his usual spot outside Waitrose on Ecclesall Road, where he had worked for several years, after the retailer said it had received a series of complaints from shoppers.

A petition set up by supporters calling for him to be reinstated gathered more than 1,500 signatures, but failed to force a rethink.

Now Andy is selling copies of the Big Issue in the city centre, the magazine confirmed.

A spokesman for the Big Issue, which helps homeless people to earn money, said: “Andy has been found a new pitch and is now working in the city centre.

“Our focus is always on supporting all of our vendors to be able to sell the magazine and make a living for themselves.”

Waitrose previously said it would ‘welcome’ another Big Issue worker after Andy was barred from Ecclesall Road in June. It is understood talks are about to begin about bringing in another seller.

A spokesman for the supermarket said: “We are very supportive of the work of The Big Issue and are open to another vendor operating on the site in the future. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with their regional office.”

In 2011 Andy was told to offer the publication only at the store’s exit amid claims of ‘aggressive’ sales tactics.