Crowds At Last – History tells us that post Christmas trading in Specialty Merchandise can be better than pre-Christmas trading and this week’s trade has pleased many. Crowds in the Upper Market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday were reported to be above recent averages with a number of traders reporting good sales. The fickle nature of retailing means that not every trader has benefited in sales although all seem to agree that the buzz is very welcome.
Will It Last? – the burning question now is how long will the crowds last and will we get a meaningful boost to sales. A trader said he hoped it would extend past the Australian Open Tennis.
One Trader said that he had almost forgotten what it was like to get a strong buyer reaction with large numbers of international and interstate tourists in the market. Friday was his best trading day of the year.
A Moment of Silliness – One trader decided to leave the market before the extended closing time on Friday and had to beep the horn on his van as he drove up the aisle to warn the thousands of shoppers in RK/RL who were still actively buying. His neighbours were understandably perplexed and annoyed. As one market person said – “Where I come from you get praise for considering others but there are consequences for behaving badly”.
Hello Xenia – Trader Xenia who suffered a stroke at the market some 16 months ago was a surprise visitor on Saturday and warmly welcomed by traders as she progresses with recovery.
Goodbye Kha – one of our long term traders, past Trader Representative, and absolute gentleman, Kha Nguyen, will be leaving his stall this weekend. We wish him every success for the future.
Stall Changes – we understand that the recent instances of stall sales are all reaching conclusion with papers signed or about to be signed.
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