Market vendors continue to plead their cause regarding the poor turnover of produce in the St. George’s Market. A concerned market vendor visited the Grenada Informer to express her concern.
She told us that she vends at the St. George’s Vendors’ Market and shares the problem of other vendors of people not coming into the market to buy and hence they have to continue going out on to the streets. She said because people are not coming in, sometimes they don’t sell anything and when they go out on the streets they get into trouble with the police because it’s an offence to vend on the streets.
The vendor said she believes the reason for the low customer count is because there are too many produce markets in the town. She thinks if everything is centralized in one place, maybe they would get persons to come in. She explained that as vendors they do not cause persons to come into the market because they too go on the sidewalk. She said there are vendors close to the fish market; whenever persons shop there, it’s close to the terminal therefore people don’t need to come into the market. She went on that on Fridays and Saturdays a street is blocked off in St. George’s close to the market for vending, therefore persons don’t come into the market because it’s easier to shop on the street.
She explained that every supermarket has the same things that are sold in the market, so when a person shops at the supermarket they don’t need to come into the market. She is therefore asking the question, what can they do as market vendors in the existing situation. She believes this is something the government needs to address. She additionally spoke of the farmers market which is located at Grand Anse and capitalizes on the southern part of the island. People go there to buy their fresh produce needs because it’s cheaper there, since it is sold directly by the farmers who don’t have to buy it to sell and they would sell wholesale as well, therefore there is no need to come up to the St. George’s Market.
The challenged vendor feels this is a cause for concern and also maintained that the market should be centralized one place so that everyone can earn a dollar at the end of the day. She is calling on the authorities to look into the matter and attend to their plea because at the end of the day they too need to survive.