Sunday 5 May 2019

The Pain Of Moving Stalls

Traders making way for beautification works in Queen St. and containers in SBA are currently going through moving pains and some are going to need help.

There are very good reasons for asking traders to move as we adopt a key recommendation of the People’s Panel for more rest areas for customers and we create a cohesive container offer in String Bean Alley, part of the “Market of Markets” vision for QVM.

The logistics may seem quite simple on paper, particularly given all the stall vacancies in the Upper Market, but in fact moves like this are difficult to co-ordinate. Not only are there endless variations on stall placement that need to be worked through, but for many traders this is not just a matter of moving locations.

Some traders may consider their current spot has significant advantages. They may have formed strong associations with their neighbours. They may have finely tuned their stall set-up and these setups are not always easily duplicated in other spots. They may have entry and exit facilities that suit their business operation and that may include vehicle placement. There can be many reasons why a trader values his/her spot and they are all valid.

Yes, there is a bigger picture here of what is better for the market, and most traders get that. But there is a lot to weigh up. Is the stall area the same? Will adjustments be needed for stall equipment? Will business be as good and are they changing the dynamics with their competitors? Some traders need to place storage boxes with a neighbour and some are being asked to move from the comparatively weather protected J-L sheds to open aisle sheds like C,D, or E.

Some traders have comparatively easy moves, including moving to the stall next door. Others may have options in quite different locations. Ideally every trader will have a like for like option or something close to that. Not every outcome can be guaranteed, this is change after all. But traders need to speak with their Precinct Manager if they are genuinely concerned about their options. This is a difficult logistics exercise, and with open discussion and a little patience, it can be made to work for all participants.