Ipswich market thrives in new spot
ONE month after it moved to its new home, Ipswich market is thriving – and most traders are agreed that all the moving problems were worth it."It's great, we busier than ever – it's been a total success story," said market traders' chairman and fishmonger Mike Young.
ONE month after it moved to its new home, Ipswich market is thriving – and most traders are agreed that all the moving problems were worth it.
"It's great, we busier than ever – it's been a total success story," said market traders' chairman and fishmonger Mike Young.
He couldn't stop to talk – the queue at his stall was too long – but he could shout a few answers to our questions.
"Yes, it was definitely worth all the hassle we had to get here. Most people are doing much more business than they ever did outside Civic Centre," he said.
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"Now we just have to persuade the council to leave us here and sort out a few niggles, like the power supply – but that's nothing major.
"Ipswich looks a real town with the market in the centre, it's good for everyone."
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That view was backed up by market superintendent Bill Woolven.
"Most of the traders here are doing three or four times as much business as they were on outside Civic Centre.
"Regular market shoppers still come here and they been joined by passing trade. It's made a great difference being in the town centre," he said.
Flower seller Damian Thompson was also delighted. "This is where we should always have been it's a great improvement," he said.
Among the biggest winners have been the fruit and veg stalls.
"The move has been a great success, we're doing a lot more business now," said Christopher Wragg, manager of Mick Cox's stall.
And Nigel Parker was another trader who couldn't stop for a chat. "It's great," he shouted. "Worth all the hassle from the council!"
Some traders haven't benefited so much from the move.
Record and video seller Lee Still had a stall on the craft market on the Cornhill before that was joined by the others.
"We're not in such a prominent position and business has suffered a bit. There are more people here, but those buying fruit and veg don't want to buy records usually," he said.
And Adrian Sharpe was suffering because his pitch was smaller.
"We've got the same number of people here, but we haven't got as much space so we aren't turning over the same amount of business," he said.
Shoppers agreed that the move had been a success.
"We've always shopped on the market – but it's really good to see it's where it should be and doing very well," said Bonnie and William Howe who were doing their regular shopping there.