Sad to see Smiths close

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There’s disappointing news from the Moor Market today as The Star reveals Sheffield’s oldest market stall is closing its shutters for good after 163 years.

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.

Its owner says they’re closing because of disappointing shopper numbers.

Latest figures show the number of shoppers using the market stands at around 60,000 a week – short of the 100,000 expected.

However, the owner also points out that it is not necessarily the fault of the relocation of the market.

People have different shopping habits these days and it is worth noting in the same article that three new traders have joined the market and three others have doubled the size of their stalls.

The importance of the Moor Market is reflected in the coverage The Star gives it. A thriving market is the heart of any prosperous city or town.

It is a shame that Smiths will be closing but it is also heartening to hear that there are success stories as well. As habits change the market must reflect the needs and wants of its customers.