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   Pitching butcher Perry Thomas travels for one-and-a-half hours from Birmingham to stand Epsom market. He says it’s a great market with plenty of loyal customers
  Rod and Caroline Shoard run the popular egg stall on Epsom market
seen plenty of changes.
“The traffic used to be a problem but
now things are a lot better. We have weathered ups and downs like recessions because I have lovely regular customers.”
Gordon Robbins has been selling fruit and veg on Epsom market for 30 years as his dad Vic did 60 years ago.
“It was difficult and dangerous when the market was in the middle of the road and people had to cross the road to get to us. Even so, it was busier then.”
Gordon said there used to be five fruit and veg stalls on Epsom market, but the remaining two both do well and, like the rest of the traders, Gordon is hoping that the market improvements will lead to improved footfall.
Ian says that they are talking to traders who are interested in standing Epsom
Louise Roles has been selling ladies fashion on the market for 28 years and is optimistic that the new-look market will be good for her business
market. The electric bollards will make a big difference for would-be food vendors, he says.
“Previously the supply was always breaking down, so you couldn’t blame the traders for getting fed up,” he said.
The council is looking at innovations once the final work is complete. There is already a farmers’ market on the first Sunday of the month and they are in negotiations to establish a vegan market.
Once the events space is completed there will be more buzz and activity in the market area, and the pub chain Wetherspoons has been given permission for some tables and chairs outside which will add to the atmosphere in the warmer months.
After a difficult year, Epsom market is now an odds-on favourite to succeed.
l Market Day: Thursdays and Saturdays
l Market Rent: £45 for a 10ft x10ft stall which includes free LED lighting
l Epsom’s claim to fame: Straddling chalk downs to the south west of London, Epsom is most famous for its racecourse which stages The Derby and The Oaks, which were first run in 1780 and 1779 respectively. Emily Davison, the suffragette, lost her life during the Derby in June 1913 when she stepped in front of King George V’s horse. The town also gives its name to Epsom salts, originally extracted from mineral waters there.

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