Sometimes I am rather baffled at retail practices on this island, especially when numerous small traders say that they are being forced out of business. Earlier this week I went to the Olivar market in the late evening because there is a big supermarket on the second floor.

The supermarket was packed but the meat and vegetables stands on the ground floor were all closed. Infact, there was an eerie silence on the ground floor. A large number of stalls all closed as people headed upstairs to the supermarket. Surely some of the stalls could cash-in on the late evening shoppers and stay open abit longer?

The fresh fruit and vegatable area of the supermarket was packed with people ; I thought to myself that this was rather sad really especially when you consider that the Olivar market is known for its fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, the stall holders will argue that they open early in the morning and close at lunch-time because these have always been their working hours. But times are changing and shops and stalls no longer have the luxury of being able to decide when to open and close.

They need to be open at times when shoppers are about; in the early evenings, at weekends, etc. I know this will increase their staffing costs and even make staff more difficult to recruit but perhaps it is the way forward if the tide of shop closures on the High Street is to be turned. It is a question of re-inventing themselves or facing some very difficult decisions.

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John Parkinson / Hace 7 months

Once again the Bulletine cannot understand ,work life balance. You seem to think the fresh fruit and veg just appear all set up on their stalls at opening time and it magically disappears at closing time.Longer hours = more expense on wages = higher prices= people even more shop at supermarkets. Do the workers at the Bulletine arrive say 2 hours early to turn their computers on and stay 2 hours after closing to turn them off.Perhaps it’s time for the Bulletine to re- invent themself and get in the real world.

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James / Hace 7 months

The municipal markets have to follow town hall guidelines as far as opening hours are concerned. The same applies to government offices, town halls, banks and a long etc. Many of the stall holders are up buying or preparing their produce at 5 in the morning and don’t finish, unless they are delivering to customers during the afternoon, until at least 3. They are generally family run businesses and to them money isn’t everything.

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Bert / Hace 7 months

I have always wondered why the Daily Bulletin never publishes on a Monday, when it’s sister paper, and all the other ones do. Times are changing and the printed press no longer have the luxury of being able to decide when to open and close.

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Nick / Hace 7 months

I agree with what you are saying here Jason. I wonder if the Olivar market stall-holders get many sales with their current practice of early morning trading hours. Perhaps there is a younger generation that would actually prefer to work on the stalls in the evening and at weekends.

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