STALLHOLDERS at a new, free market in Torquay have raised concerns that established traders are ‘muscling in’ and occupying stalls, making it harder for them to get a spot.
The three-day, midweek market in front of the town hall at Castle Circus was set up by Torbay Town Centres Company offering rent-free stalls for traders.
A market trader, who did not wish to be named, said: “We were under the impression the area was for people who were just starting out, giving them a chance to get their businesses off the ground.
“When we found out people who actually have established market stalls and shops elsewhere were also using the scheme, it felt like they were trying to muscle us out.”
The market is just one of the initiatives started by Torbay Town Centres Company, established in 2008 to co-ordinate and manage the Torbay town centres Business Improvement Districts.
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