Saturday 7 May 2011 3.48pm
It seems that several stallholders at Borough Market
who have also started trading at Maltby Street
or Southbank have been peremptorily told that they've forfeited their BM pitches and must leave immediately. No choice, no negotiation. So today is their last trading day. One of my favourite stalls, Mons the French cheese place, is among them - there are about half a dozen others.
This is not only a shabby and vindictive way to treat the stallholders who made BM a success. It's also a stupid commercial decision, and a very silly way of responding to competition. It makes you wonder whether the BM management have a clue about running a business. Or whether they care about selling quality food. Or whether they know what their customers might want. Or what the hell their vision for the place is.