The stallholders at Salobreña municipal market are trying to reverse the trend of decline in the number of customers and stallholders.
Of the 18 stalls in the renovated market, 10 are standing empty and it’s not all because large food-chains are sucking away customers, which is why Conchi Ramos, a stallholder herself has organised live music and some other tricks up her sleeve to get people into the building.
So, what stalls will you find if you do walk into the building? Well, there are eight stalls that offer fresh, quality products: two butchers’, two fishmongers’, a baker, a charcutería (cold meats and cheeses), a health-food shop, a florist and of course the cafetería.
A traditional market is a social meeting place; somewhere to shop; somewhere to chat and meet people. What Conchi is trying to do is also make it a cultural venue, too, hence the concert on the 24th of November.
This month there will be a degustación (food sampling) with vegan pâtes, for example, so it’s not only about buying your food there, but trying out something new for your taste buds.
What isn’t helping is that the much-hyped and badly needed, parking beneath the market remains closed because nobody is interested in running it. Parking nearby is a nightmare, especially on market days, so shoppers are more likely to go to Mercadona or Supersol, which have their own parking areas.
(News: Salobreña, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)