Maryborough’s weekly Heritage Markets will not have a stall from Woolworths this week.
Maryborough’s weekly Heritage Markets will not have a stall from Woolworths this week.

Woolies stall sparks anger

FURIOUS Maryborough Market stallholders have had a win over supermarket giant Woolworths.

Workers from Woolies sparked anger last Thursday when they set up a cake and biscuit stall at the weekly markets on Adelaide Street.

Upset stallholders inundated the Fraser Coast Regional Council with complaints.

“We have since had discussions with Woolworths which led to the company's decision not to continue with the stall,” said Maryborough Market co-ordinator Tom McIntosh.

Mr McIntosh said he had received “considerable” feedback from shoppers, stallholders and permanent CBD retailers.

Stallholder Leanne Macklin said she was disappointed Woolworths found the need to intrude on small businesses.

“Personally I don't have any objection to a person coming into the markets selling what I'm selling but it's a shame to see a big business come into the markets,” Ms Macklin said.

“Times are really tough and we're all trying to generate more revenue. A small person like myself can't compete.

“I did find profits were down more than usual and if I was aware of Woolworths coming I would have cut production – maybe not have put on extra staff and not cooked as many cakes to sell.

“I can only hope that my regular customers support me and if they want to buy cakes from Woolies then they can go to Woolworths.”

A spokesperson from Woolworths yesterday confirmed they would not be back at today's markets.

“We were approached by one of the market organisers to participate and we agreed purely as a one-off opportunity to get more involved in this local community event,” she said.

“However, customers felt a bit mixed about our presence so it probably isn't something we'll do again.”

All money raised by Woolworths last week was donated to the company's Fresh Food Kids Children's Hospital Appeal.



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