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Sign Of The Times

We took a ride up to Derby recently, not having been there for two or three years. There is a very large indoor market called the Eagle Centre Market which last time we went was flourishing and buzzing with customers.  Sadly this is one of the main aisles between the stalls as we found it, I would reckon only about one third of the stalls are now in use, probably because it is right next door to a massive Westfield Shopping Centre I guess.

Sign Of The Times

We took a ride up to Derby recently, not having been there for two or three years. There is a very large indoor market called the Eagle Centre Market which last time we went was flourishing and buzzing with customers.  Sadly this is one of the main aisles between the stalls as we found it, I would reckon only about one third of the stalls are now in use, probably because it is right next door to a massive Westfield Shopping Centre I guess.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jun 2014, 04:37
Fads don't have a long life, Brian...especially in the retailing business.
Brian Walbey: I agree Ray, but this was a very good market indeed.
  • Shane
  • England
  • 30 Jun 2014, 05:20
Shame isn,t it
Brian Walbey: It certainly is Shane, this was a very good market.
It is a sad thing to see businesses go under. I think of peoples' hopes and dreams and best laid plans...
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is a shame Elizabeth, but a very common occurrence in the U.K.over the past few years. Where we live there is a small shopping centre where at least 60% of the shops are empty.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jun 2014, 06:45
A bit spooky & rather sad isn't it Brian
Brian Walbey: It is sad Chris, it was a very lively market.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jun 2014, 08:14
We see the same thing happening in our city, the Monday morning market is about half what it used to be.
Brian Walbey: When we moved to Shepshed in 1989 there was a flourishing Friday market, now there is, at the most, 4 stalls, and sometimes only a greengrocer stall and a flower stall. Sign of the times.
S I G H.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Ginnie.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jun 2014, 08:59
Some see this as progress - I am not one of those.
Brian Walbey: Nor am I mike, this was a great market.
Happening all over, Brian, though some places, like Bury, are still going strong, market visits were always interesting when I was a kid.
Brian Walbey: Sadly it is happening all over Frank. The Friday market where we live has almost gone apart from the greengrocer stall and over 50% of our shops are empty.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jun 2014, 12:55
I assumed at first that this was after hours. I would have thought that the market and Westfield would be complementary as I bet there are many things that you cannot get in the Westfield mall. I'll always have a wander round a market simply to enjoy the displays.
Brian Walbey: The trouble is that the Westfield is next door and therefore I would think people pass this by to get in where the big boys are.
What a fascinating picture Brian.. nice title for it too
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ronke, but it tells a sad story.
Makes a good shot though
Brian Walbey: I won't argue with that John, but I'd rather be trying a few candid shots of the customers.
All rather depressing really but I guess shopping on line also has a lot to do with it
Brian Walbey: I'm guilty of on-line shopping Bill but this was a really good market at one time.
I am afraid it is the same here Brian! Quite sad.
Brian Walbey: I think it is everywhere in the (1st.) world Richard, despite our politicians saying things are getting better it doesn't always look so.
What a shame. It wasn't just closing time then
Brian Walbey: No sadly it was middle of the day Janet.
A sad reflection of our times, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Tom, I guess internet shopping doesn't help small businesses either.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 30 Jun 2014, 22:11
The perspective is very good Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, sadly the outlook isn't though.
  • Penny
  • on my way to bed again
  • 30 Jun 2014, 22:12
The demise of markets is so sad. Here in Glossop the market was always buzzing on a Friday and Saturday and now it's very quiet, with hardly any stalls outside at all. At least it picks up for the Farmers/local produce market once a month.
Brian Walbey: We have a very good market in nearby Loughborough on Thursdays and Saturdays and when we moved here in 1989 the weekly Friday market was quite a flourishing one but now we are lucky to get any more than about 4 stalls in our market place and sometimes less than that.

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