THREE Goole traders have dealt a blow to the town’s indoor market by moving across the road to newer, cheaper facilities.
Brian Stocks, Bill Sables and Jack Milnes have all upped sticks from the market and moved less than a hundred yards away to the old Kingdom Hall on Estcourt Street.
The trio’s new home offers almost five times more space whilst charging the same rate of rent as the markets.
Bill, who runs a stall specialising in dolls houses, says that the move has been worthwhile for trade.
He said: “As a stall I felt the need to expand. The space I had at the market wasn’t big enough.
“This new place offers lots more space and also has a car park outside as well as allowing us to trade six days a week rather than four.”
Jack, who runs Yorkshire IT stall, says that the atmosphere of the market forced him to look for new premises.
He said: “Here we’ve got shop quality facilities, and working in IT I can demonstrate more goods here due to the larger space.
“The move has paid dividends as my turnover has doubled since I left the market.”
Brian runs an antique store and says that the new facilities offer a better customer experience.
He said: “It’s a lot more pleasant here as there’s more room for people to look round. I can also diversify with the stock I have on show because I’ve got more space.
“The atmosphere in the market was cold and cramped whereas here it’s spacious and the running costs are cheaper.”
The three traders point out that the market being on the fringes of the town centre does little to boost its appeal.
Jack added: “By opening Junction, the council has effectively cut off the market.
“It’s on the fringes of the centre, which from a marketing point of view isn’t good.”
Brian Robertson, clerk for Goole Town Council, responded to the traders’ departure by saying: “Obviously it’s disappointing.
“It’s not unheard of for traders to depart. With regards to the complaints of the market being cold, well it’s a market not a supermarket or a shop.
“It’s always been like that and with so many different stalls it’s hard to strike the balance in terms of the temperature. It’s not really a fair comparison between the market and the traders’ new premises.”
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