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  Market Times • February 2014
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  Lee Humphreys, who runs a cheese, bacon and eggs business on the market, is pictured with his father. Richard, and daughter, Lucy, who both help out on his market stall
Noel and Jane Donnelly, who sell flowers and plants at Gloucester Green, are delighted with the new-look market and the footfall it is generating
attractive and the lighting makes a big difference, especially on dark, winter days.”
A simple rearrangement of the layout has made a big difference, allowing shoppers to browse between stalls more easily.
And the number of traders has increased by 50 per cent to 95 stalls. In fact, Gloucester Green is virtually full and market manager Kevin Potter now has to turn away casuals.
Dermot said: “Because we run markets in the area, the traders know us and it didn’t take long for the word to get round that Gloucester Green was getting some significant investment and some strong management.
“It’s a confidence thing. Basically, traders feel that they want to get on the market at the outset, because if it does improve dramatically, they won’t be able to get on further down the line,” he added.
There is now a great mixed offering on Wednesday, which is the general market day.
Market manager Kevin Potter said: “We have
three big fruit and veg stalls, a butcher, a fish stall, a couple of ladies fashion stalls, Japanese and Chinese food, a coffee stall and smoking accessories.”
Thursday is an antiques market with a farmers’ market added on the first and third Thursdays in the month, and local food on the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays.
The traders are delighted with the new set up. Lee Humphreys, who runs a cheese, eggs and bacon stall, said: “It is so much better under the new management. We used to do quite well and so did the fruit and veg, but the stalls in the middle missed out.”
And the strong, hands-on management regime was a boon, Lee said. The only word of dissent came from Lee’s dad, Richard, who helps Lee out on a Wednesday.
“It’s annoying that he is making this money after I have retired — it should have been mine,” he joked.
Noel and Jane Donnelly, who sell flowers and
plants, are full of praise for the new look and feel of the market.
Noel said: “The market is so much more attractive. The stalls are brighter and they have done away with the old layout which didn’t encourage people to shop.”
He said the new management was very approachable and nothing was too much trouble. Francis Boua, who is a new trader to Gloucester Green, is also a fan of the new market
and its management.
Francis sells Fair Trade groceries and raises
money for The Archery Foundation which tackles poverty at home and abroad.
When he isn’t serving customers, he drums up trade by playing his drums on the market.
“People like to be entertained on a market, so playing the drums is a good way of keeping shoppers happy,” he said.
It’s not an idea the supermarket giants are likely to take up — but it goes down a storm at Gloucester Green.
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