Sunday, 6 December 2015

Gloves Off...String Bean Alley

Gloves Off is a new series of articles about things that should have been fixed but haven’t been fixed around our market - things that most people think are good ideas but for various reasons they haven’t been activated – or things that are just plain wrong but we haven’t got around to fixing them. So it is time to take off the protective gloves and take a bare-fisted approach to the problem.

Our first issue is the activation of String Bean Alley. Our picture shows a trader’s very attractive display in L Shed and the way he has opened up to the SBA customer flow as well. So he is trading both sides of the stall – in L Shed and in String Bean Alley. Only a handful of traders in L shed are trading both sides. Why aren’t the rest?

The trader in the photo is a casual and a condition of him using that stall was that he traded both sides of the stall. For him, it was a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you expose your product to the customers walking down SBA as well as those in L Shed? Traders in L Shed quote weather issues and yes that can be a problem, but not an insurmountable problem. Just ask the traders on Queen St. This is an issue that can be fixed and String Bean Alley can be better activated. Traders and management need to sort it out.

And while we are on the subject of String Bean Alley, will somebody tell this trader that he needs to do something about the sign on his box door?

08/12/2015 22:22:03 M SHED "Night Market have a lot of black cloth with new logo. This is used as a barrier. Security staff can easily cover these ugly boxes to reduce feeling of ""walking behind"" 

( My Market …I said) " Mino, member of JLP Melbourne Team

Yes, it is the "walking behind" feeling you get when walking along String Bean Alley that is always going to hold it back. I would prefer to see open stalls but hiding the boxes is an alternative. Thanks for your input. - Ed.