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New base for traders as Clydach market sold off

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

By jason evans

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ONE of the most famous markets in South West Wales is on the move after a property deal.

Clydach market has been a regular haunt for bargain hunters looking for everything from knickers to coal shovels for decades.

But now traders have been told that the venue on the village's Players Industrial Estate has been sold — and though the intentions of the new owners are unknown, the market will not be continuing after Christmas.

However, many of the stall holders and car boot sellers will be pitching up in Cwmdu in the new year after striking a deal with an indoor football centre.

A spokesman for Gregory Hardware, one of the traders in the market, said: "The site has been on the market for a while but the sale and the end of the market came out of the blue.

"We were hoping the new owners would want to continue running the market.

"The market has been in Clydach for decades and we've got a lot of loyal customers who have been shocked about the sale — but then we got a lifeline from the football centre."

He added that many of the traders were now moving to the new site at Pitchside Football in Cwmdu.

The Clydach market boasts dozens of stalls and car boot sellers every Wednesday and Sunday selling goods including meat, jewellery, shoes, underwear, fishing equipment, tools, nuts and bolts and traditional hardware items known as "swag".

The building — the former Rees and Kirby civil engineering site — was owned and operated by the Shropshire-based Town and Country Markets.

Unsettling

No one at the firm was available for comment at the time the Post went to press.

But in a letter from the company sent to the traders, it thanks them for their support over an "unsettling time", and says the market will continue to operate through the Christmas period.

Dean Hughes, from Pitchside Football, said he and his fellow directors Rob Frost and Steve Lorey had worked hard to make the move happen, and to host the twice-weekly markets which will start on January 6. He said: "We have been in talks with the traders, are we pleased to be able to offer a new venue here in Cwmdu."

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  • geoboy01  |  December 07 2012, 12:12PM

    iv also used this market and bootsale to sell over the years be it tools or rubbish swept out of the workshop! the same firm running it 4years also runs singleton bootsale dosent it?!?!

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 07 2012, 10:14AM

    *nice Scrooge letter b4 christmas from firm running clydach market* Why blame the firm running the market? My cousin has a stall there and I am sure he will not be seeing this as something to blame the previous owners with, is it not the intentions of the new owners that lead to the site being unused as a market venue after Christmas? As they say, do not shoot the messenger.

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  • geoboy01  |  December 07 2012, 9:52AM

    great news for the traders to be using the pitchside football site *nice Scrooge letter b4 christmas from firm running clydach market* good luck to all the market traders and bootsellers,and may they go on for years at their new home

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