Comment 97219

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:46:26

A very basic change, which is just enforcing the current rules, would be to insist that the stalls are actually open when the market is open.

Officially, the market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 6pm. But, even on Saturday, if I show up after 3pm (three full hours before closing) many stands are shutting down, or sold out of staples (e.g. the chicken stand has no more chicken breasts).

If they are selling out 3 hours before closing then either business is so good they can't keep up, or they are running a subsistence stand were they are more concerned about not over-buying than actually doing good business). They are in the perishable goods business, and that means knowing how to manage perishable stock properly.

By shutting down before 4:30 or 5:00 many stallholders also miss out on potential business from office workers downtown, who would buy food on the way home from work. Competing with Nations at the very least means have reliable business hours!

After experiencing stalls being out of basics on Saturday by 3pm a few times, you get to feel you can't rely on the market for weekly groceries!

Even more striking is that during the week many stalls are simply closed.

It is already annoying enough for most people to remember when the market is actually open (closed Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Sundays), but they should at least be confident that the stands will be open and reasonably well-stocked until closing time.

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