Most stallholders at Rochester's first market on Saturday reported good takings.By Elaine Cooney
Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Rochester on Saturday for the town’s first market.
Organiser Leigh Wilson said 36 stallholders set up outside the Rochester shire hall and 16 inside the building.
‘‘Comments from the seasoned stallholders were that this was the best first market they had been to,’’ he said.
He said most stallholders reported a profit, but a small minority did not.
‘‘The community barbecue was quite busy and the fruit and veg (stall) went down quite well,’’ he said.
Rochester Bakery owner Karen Latter reported selling more than 100 cups of coffee in the kitchen.
‘‘The colder weather helped,’’ she said.
Mrs Latter said the bakery was also busy during the market.
Elsey’s Quality Chickens owners Greg and Corina Else were involved in setting the market up at 5am and worked on attracting visitors to their Gillies St business.
The pair took it in turns to hand out flyers with an offer and received a few back.
Mrs Else said they were usually busy with barbecue meat orders on grand final day, but this year customers bought other types of meat too.
Cottam’s Butchers reported a similar trade.
Criterion Hotel owner Adam Parker said a few shoppers had lunch at the hotel.
He said coming into summer he would expect more people to drop into the bar.
‘‘When the wives go to the market, the blokes can go to the pub,’’ he said.
Mitre 10 owner Russell Anderson said the garden centre was busier during the market, but he did not notice new faces in the hardware section of the shop.
Mr Anderson said the market might have encouraged his regular shoppers to visit the shop on Saturday.
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