Tuesday Market traders in Lynn have voiced mixed views about their new town centre location.
About six weeks ago, during improvement works in the Tuesday Market Place, market stalls moved into the area of one of the town’s main shopping thoroughfares, New Conduit Street.
Lee Kelly, of Norfolk Seafoods, is delighted with her new pitch near Boots. She said: “If I could stay here, it would be awesome. From day one, I was getting new customers. I feel better because I’m busy and people just seem happier.”
Stephen Ward, of Ward’s Nurseries, said the weather had been in the market’s favour since the move. He was unsure what would happen in the colder months.
He said: “I like this position. We are slightly busier here and seeing different customers. My only gripe is that we haven’t got so much space and we have to wait until 5pm to get the vans in. If the weather is inclement, we have to stay put until then.”
Overall, he was looking forward to returning to the Tuesday Market Place. “It’s the traditional place to be and I’m in favour of keeping traditions going,” he said.
Mohammad Dar has been selling bags and purses on the market for 18 years. He said: “It’s better here and we can stay open longer.” In the market place, customers were scarce after 1pm and stalls closed.
Fruit and veg trader Anthony Seekings said his stall near Beales was less busy and profitable than on the Tuesday Market Place. Customers were also unable to pull up nearby and park. “We have had so many people getting £60 parking tickets,” he said.
Better access and unloading for lorries in the Tuesday Market Place meant it was easier to set up his stall there.
His pitch had been reduced from 50ft to 40ft and some customers had not been since it moved. “They didn’t know we were here,” he said.
Robert Jeffery, known as the “Egg Man”, has been on the market since 1987.
He said: “It’s a big change of location but it’s better here. The only minus is we can’t keep our vehicles with us.”
When work on the Tuesday Market Place is complete, he would have to decide whether to keep his new pitch near Argos or return there.
“I would rather stay but it’s a question of cost. At the moment, we are paying the same but it might cost a lot more to stay here,” he said.
Some regular customers had wondered where he had gone when the market moved. “It’s been hard work but it’s been worth it. Now my regular customers have found me, I’ve got them and I’m slowly finding customers I have never had before,” said Mr Jeffery.