Market matters

Market matters.  The tool stall near Starbucks.
Market matters. The tool stall near Starbucks.
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Geoff Hunt has been selling tools, hardware, garden and houseware on Bury St Edmunds market for 30 years.

He said: “I love it, I love meeting all the different people, speaking to people, having a laugh and a joke with people.”

Geoff said his favourite part of the job was meeting the wide range of customers that visit his stall, opposite Starbucks.

He said: “We get a complete spectrum of people from youngsters who have push bikes that they want to mend to older people and our regular customers who come every week.

“We have customers from all over the place.”

One of the stalls less regular customers is a school caretaker from Sussex who travels to the town once a year and stops off at Geoff’s stall to stock up on tools and hardware.

The reason for the loyalty shown by customers maybe that Geoff and his team are dedicated to helping their customers find the right tool for the job.

He said: “We give people personal attention, in bigger places sometimes you cannot find someone to speak to.

“Having done it for 30 years we do know what we are talking about and we like to help.”

If you need a hammer to put up picture, a household broom or something for a more specialised task Geoff and his team will try to help.

He said: “We always try to ask them what they want it for and give them the advice for what’s the best product.”

Over the last 30 years Geoff has seen changes on the market

He first started trading at the age of 20 having previously worked in engineering .

He said: “I started buying bits and selling them and then started on the market.”

Geoff’s stall has expanded greatly over the three decades he has been on the market.

He said: “We have to do a lot more items now than we used to, to give people a better selection, so you have a bit of something for everyone.”

Geoff believes Bury St Edmunds market has a bright future.

He said: “I think there’s a good future for this market as long as the council do not price us out of town and do not allow any more out of town shopping centres.”

Geoff believes that as long as the town centre is well maintained and people are encouraged to come and shop on the high street rather than travelling out of town the market will remain for years to come.