Market in Totton may not return until next year

Blow for shoppers wanting market return

Blow for shoppers wanting market return

First published in News

IT has already been without its weekly market for almost 12 months.

Now Totton ’s campaign to retain its market town status has suffered another setback.

Residents are being warned that stallholders are unlikely to return until next year at the earliest.

Hopes that Totton would begin hosting a regular farmers’ market before the end of 2012 have been dashed.

The delay is a blow to shoppers and traders – many of whom are likely to benefit if stalls selling local produce attract a large number of people into the town.

A market held in a car park off Salisbury Road was axed several years ago after the number of stalls dropped to just three.

Last August the town council launched a street market at the junction of Water Lane and Salisbury Road but that too collapsed through lack of support.

Civic leaders are anxious to create a new attraction and have spent the past few months exploring a wide range of options.

Town clerk Derek Biggs said: “We’ve tried every possibility and the only one we’re left with is a farmers’ market.

“You can often buy goods as cheaply – or more cheaply – in some of our local shops but farmers’ markets are a bit different. You can buy stuff you probably can’t get in nearby shops.

“Unfortunately the people who run the farmers’ markets are fully booked.”

Totton businessman Steve Shepherd, an ex-councillor and former traders’ leader, confirmed that the market launched last year had faced stiff competition from discount stores.

He added: “A farmers’ market might do better because it’s slightly different. It’s definitely worth trying – and if it’s going to attract people into the town the sooner the better.”

A Hampshire Farmers’ Markets spokesman said dates and locations for 2013 would be decided at a board meeting later this month.

She added: “We’ve been asked to appear at a lot of new places next year but our producers can only attend so many markets.

“It’s a question of looking at suggested locations and seeing which ones would be appropriate.”

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4:54pm Wed 1 Aug 12

eurogordi says...

As a Totton resident for nearly 30 years, there just doesn't seem to be the interest in a market these days. It used to be good when it started in the war memorial car park, but gradually disappeared as the stall holders found it wasn't exactly a money making venture.

The relaunched market was on the side of Salisbury Road, but it didn't seem to have the variety of goods available and the prices were not always cheap. With the 99p Store and bargain prices in nearby Asda, the market needs to offer something unique if it's going to work.

Lymington, Hythe and Kingsland market all seem to offer more and are in areas that have a range of traditional shops to complement the market stalls. Totton ? ... well, it doesn't seem offer much these days.
As a Totton resident for nearly 30 years, there just doesn't seem to be the interest in a market these days. It used to be good when it started in the war memorial car park, but gradually disappeared as the stall holders found it wasn't exactly a money making venture. The relaunched market was on the side of Salisbury Road, but it didn't seem to have the variety of goods available and the prices were not always cheap. With the 99p Store and bargain prices in nearby Asda, the market needs to offer something unique if it's going to work. Lymington, Hythe and Kingsland market all seem to offer more and are in areas that have a range of traditional shops to complement the market stalls. Totton ? ... well, it doesn't seem offer much these days. eurogordi
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6:33pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Condor Man says...

I like listening to the Brummie butcher at the Southampton market but don't fancy buying anything there.
I like listening to the Brummie butcher at the Southampton market but don't fancy buying anything there. Condor Man
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7:49pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Georgem says...

Condor Man wrote:
I like listening to the Brummie butcher at the Southampton market but don't fancy buying anything there.
You should do. Much better quality than supermarkets, and cheaper too. Give it a go!
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: I like listening to the Brummie butcher at the Southampton market but don't fancy buying anything there.[/p][/quote]You should do. Much better quality than supermarkets, and cheaper too. Give it a go! Georgem
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12:36am Thu 2 Aug 12

wendy45 says...

as a retailer in totton you need the support of the puplic and you dont get that here, because of the bigger brand shops the public only use them and not the smaller shops so regardless of what we offer if its not 99p or not buy one get one free we dont get a look in. i can sit in my shop for hours and not have one customer and yet people still say totton has nothing to offer well open your eyes walk around and find out why!! in a years time all totton will have is 4 big shops as all the small ones will be gone because of lack of support .
as a retailer in totton you need the support of the puplic and you dont get that here, because of the bigger brand shops the public only use them and not the smaller shops so regardless of what we offer if its not 99p or not buy one get one free we dont get a look in. i can sit in my shop for hours and not have one customer and yet people still say totton has nothing to offer well open your eyes walk around and find out why!! in a years time all totton will have is 4 big shops as all the small ones will be gone because of lack of support . wendy45
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8:49am Thu 2 Aug 12

Georgem says...

wendy45 wrote:
as a retailer in totton you need the support of the puplic and you dont get that here, because of the bigger brand shops the public only use them and not the smaller shops so regardless of what we offer if its not 99p or not buy one get one free we dont get a look in. i can sit in my shop for hours and not have one customer and yet people still say totton has nothing to offer well open your eyes walk around and find out why!! in a years time all totton will have is 4 big shops as all the small ones will be gone because of lack of support .
You'll be gone because you were uncompetitive. Whatever it is you have to offer, it's obviously not what the people of Totton want, sadly. Being cheap wins these days.
[quote][p][bold]wendy45[/bold] wrote: as a retailer in totton you need the support of the puplic and you dont get that here, because of the bigger brand shops the public only use them and not the smaller shops so regardless of what we offer if its not 99p or not buy one get one free we dont get a look in. i can sit in my shop for hours and not have one customer and yet people still say totton has nothing to offer well open your eyes walk around and find out why!! in a years time all totton will have is 4 big shops as all the small ones will be gone because of lack of support .[/p][/quote]You'll be gone because you were uncompetitive. Whatever it is you have to offer, it's obviously not what the people of Totton want, sadly. Being cheap wins these days. Georgem
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1:26pm Fri 3 Aug 12

eurogordi says...

I can understand wendy45's concern but, knowing which shop she is referring to, it was the lack of welcome when this first opened that caused me to go elsewhere.

I don't particularly want to enter a shop that has signs on the door reading "no cards accepted" (I rarely carry cash) and "we are not a charity shop" (I didn't think you were).

wendy45 is probably a lovely person once you get inside the shop, but I was put off before even deciding to go through the door!
I can understand wendy45's concern but, knowing which shop she is referring to, it was the lack of welcome when this first opened that caused me to go elsewhere. I don't particularly want to enter a shop that has signs on the door reading "no cards accepted" (I rarely carry cash) and "we are not a charity shop" (I didn't think you were). wendy45 is probably a lovely person once you get inside the shop, but I was put off before even deciding to go through the door! eurogordi
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