Popular market traders set to retire

1001 shop owners Betty and BrianA long-standing and popular Market Hall duo will bid a fond farewell to their customers when they retire later this year after almost three decades at the Chesterfield Borough Council owned venue.

Betty Fareham and Brian Roe - brother and sister proprietors of 1001 Vac and Electrical Spares have been working on the Market Hall stall for a number of years firstly under the previous owner, before buying the business themselves in 2014. They have developed a successful family company and will be reluctantly saying goodbye to enjoy more time with family and look forward to holidays abroad.

Betty praised the ‘community’ feel of the Market Hall and thanked their loyal customers. She said: “We will be reluctant to leave the Market Hall as we have built up a successful business over the years as well as a good regular customer base who come to us again and again because of the professional advice and personal service we provide. We have a strong knowledge of all of our products and our customers really appreciate that.

“All of our fellow traders in the Market Hall are lovely and helpful towards each other, we are a very friendly little community. Our customers are great too and we have seen customers returning with their families through different generations as we have been trading in the Market Hall for over 30 years.

“We really value all of our customers old and new and appreciate that they come back on a regular basis. We are proud to have retained our customer base even through the Covid pandemic.”

Although they are not in a rush to close the stall, Betty and Brian’s pending retirement has created an exciting opportunity for a new tradesperson to purchase a well-established business.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centres and Visitor Economy said: “Both Betty and Brian have been popular market traders for a number of years and are well-known by local people and traders alike. The Market Hall is a good central location for businesses like this one to flourish, and 1001 Vac and Electrical

Spares is a great example of this. I’d like to wish both Betty and Brian all the best in their future retirement.”  

First published on 06 June 2023 Last updated on 07 June 2023