Market traders on the decline in Murcia

Nothing going to waste from demolition site

MURCIA region’s department of commerce is looking to fill a number of vacancies currently available on the weekly markets.   There are presently 270 pitches free across the dozens of market places but those attempting to recruit more traders accept that there is less demand from potential stallholders.

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  Just ask those that have to get up very early in the morning in all kinds of weather and the amount of physical effort needed to assemble and dismantle the stalls across 54 weekly markets in the region, and it is that dedication to being a market trader that is losing its appeal.

The largest of those 50+ markets in Murcia is the Thursday one held in Avenida de La Fama in the city centre and features 628 separate pitches that concentrate on food, clothes, footwear and home accessories.  Tuesday’s market in El Palmer is next on the list with 200 licensed positions followed by Santa María de Gracia (164); Sangonera la Verde (128); Puente Tocinos (114); Espinardo (110); and Beniaján (108)

In total, the commerce department currently grants 2,808 licenses across Murcia and confirm that there is a noticeable decline in their demand compared to previous years.

The department are continually looking at ways to improve the weekly markets that are a major part of the day-to-day life of residents and tourists alike, and are considering a number of ideas at modernisation and also enhanced promotion of the markets via a series of media outlets.


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