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Saturday 31 March 2012 10.18am
I went to Maltby Street earlier this morning for a quick shop and found that most of the shops have moved to a different location, near Spa Road. It was more difficult to find than I thought. I must say, I was somewhat disappointed; the location isn't particularly attractive, if not a bit soulless.
I think this is a pity because Maltby Street has lost a number of fine shops and the fragmentation is detrimental to the 'ambiance'. I went to the Bermondsey Square market in stead.
Saturday 31 March 2012 11.23am
I always pop round on Saturdays and I think the markets definitely undergoing a transitionary period.
Kernel and Neals Yard seem to have moved out, but most small specialist traders remain. Jose Pizzaro now seems to have an arch.
Maybe the 'fragmented ambiance' was the grey weather after a week of sun!
Saturday 31 March 2012 1.49pm
The Kernel Brewery has moved a 5 minute walk from where they were into SE16 - near Spa Road.

Map here.
Saturday 31 March 2012 2.03pm
I think the new 'Spa Terminus' area has a lot of potential. There are some great disused railway arches there and a couple of traders indicated that both Neals Yard and Monmouth Coffee might move in and develop these arches. The mix of butcher, baker, green grocer and brewery is an enticing combination but the 'icing on the cake' for me was buying some of the delicious pan au chocolate from The Little Bread Pedlar. The position of outlets in the Dockley Road section is at the moment haphazard however today was the first day and just as Maltby Street has filled in the gaps with places like 'Jose' and the 'Fish man' I think the same will happen here. Indeed I believe Monmouth will open a pop up stall within the next couple of weeks. The section around Voyagers Arches also seemed to be doing well with cheeses from Neals Yard, Mons and Kappacasein all next to each other.
Initially Maltby Street with only Monmouth and Neals Yard had little ambiance but look at it now! I think with a little tweaking and imagination the square area in front of the arches could be a great success. I look forward to seeing what happens during the next few weeks.
Saturday 31 March 2012 9.22pm
I don't think it's "most of", I think it's about four, the big wholesalers. There were a lot of stalls up by Lasscos today and it was busy in spite of the cold.

There's a map on the Maltby St site of who's where.
Thursday 5 April 2012 4.14pm
If you speak to the stall holders alot of them have signed new leases to move across and they estimate there will be about 50 food producers in that area. It is part of a wider scheme southwark are encouraging that has already been reported on here. Monmouth and neals yard are talking of full relocation within a couple of years but that is not 100% confirmed I believe. I dont know what is happening re booths and st johns. I do encourage you to visit the South East fruit and veg stalls - it is very very reasonably priced compared to borough and fern yarrow (although to be fair to fern I think they are organic). I have been critical of maltby prices in the past, but now have found a good way to shop there and where to go for what, I am really happy it is my local market.
Friday 6 April 2012 9.46am
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Friday 6 April 2012 7.04pm
Julia7239 wrote:
I do encourage you to visit the South East fruit and veg stalls - it is very very reasonably priced compared to borough and fern yarrow (although to be fair to fern I think they are organic).

Julia, fern verrow are not just organic, they are biodynamic, adding (among other things) lunar and planetary rhythms to the process, so you will only find seasonal produce there - no asparagus from Peru, for example! They also grow varieties that will never be found in Borough Market, let alone a supermarket.

Agree that the development of this new food shopping area is to be welcomed.
Saturday 7 April 2012 11.39am
Anyone know the reason behind the migration? I heard that the network rail arches are expensive and only available on short leases, but not sure if that's accurate?
Monday 9 April 2012 12.18pm
I went to the new Spa Road section today for the first time and I agree at the moment it did look a bit shabby but it is early days. However I did find the Ice Cream Union which was delicious and also come across a fruit and veg stand next door (South East Fruits). I was talking to a lady called Julie who was very friendly and helpful and her knowledge about the fruit and veg was amazing. (She also gave me a recipe) Her prices were very reasonable at market prices (if I had known how much cheaper I would have bought there first). They even offer a delivery service - fantastic
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