Fruit and vegetables on Chesterfield market will soon be sold by one local business rather than two, following the confirmation of an amalgamation.
Ayres and Ibbotsons are two local traders who have served residents and visitors in Chesterfield for more than 80 years, but Ayres are soon to stop serving following discussions with both Chesterfield Borough Council and Ibbotsons.
Ibbotsons are going to take over the current Ayres stand on the market as the two businesses amalgamate.
From 9 September, Ibbotsons will be trading six days per week on the market on a larger stall.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “Although it is always sad to see a trader disappear from Chesterfield market, and particularly one that has traded for so many years, I am pleased that Ayres and Ibbotsons have worked with the council to come up with the best solution for all involved.”
Nick Ibbotson, owner of Ibbotson’s fruit and veg stall, explained: “This is a very proud occasion for us as a local business. We will continue to stand six days per week and will now have a permanent stall opposite Marks & Spencer in Chesterfield.
“We are going to be continuing the longevity of our business standing on the market by having a bigger stall and having a new and improved offer for our customers. We will be stocking some extra lines and are looking forward to what the future holds.”
David Mills from Ayres said: “Ayres see this as a positive move going forward, consolidating both businesses onto one pitch. We are excited about the move and are looking forward to developing the business with Ibbotsons. We both feel this will strengthen the business and ensure continuity going forward which will benefit our customers, staff and the town centre as a whole.”