Bradford's Asian Bazaar proves to be major success

Bradford's Asian Bazaar proves to be major success

SUCCESS: Bazaar manager Hassan, (front, right) with traders

SUCCESS: Bazaar manager Hassan, (front, right) with traders

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A COUNCIL-backed Asian bazaar has proved a huge success since it opened at the start of the summer, with a 100 per cent occupancy rate.

The bazaar, at the former Rawson Market in Bradford city centre, opened early in June as the first ethnic bazaar to be supported by the local authority and has seen every one of the 112 stalls occupied.

The average occupancy rates for the Council's own markets in the city stands at 80 per cent.

Before the bazaar opened, Rawson Market had been empty since 2003. The bazaar had been based on Cemetery Road until 2012 when that site was re-developed as a new Asda store. When the Council decided to open an official ethnic bazaar in the city, it chose The Bazaar, which also operates markets in Rotherham and Leeds to run it.

Although the traders are mostly from the Asian community the market is open to all.

Manager Hassan Ali said work was ongoing to build a mezzanine floor in the building to allow more stalls.

He added: "There are no empty stalls in the market, we have people waiting to get a stall here. Our busiest days seem to be on Saturday and Sunday and it will probably get busier as more and more people realise we're here, because we haven't been in the city for 18 months.

"The majority of our traders are from Bradford, but we have a few from places like Leeds. We were extremely busy on Eid."

As well as the stalls there is also a beauty parlour, tailors and cafe.

A Council spokesman said: "We are pleased that the Asian bazaar is trading well and attracting customers into this part of the city centre, which can only be a good thing for our markets and the surrounding retail businesses."

The authority is now considering different options for the other two city markets, Oastler and Kirkgate, with traders being asked their views and an outside firm looking at the viability of the two markets. A decision on their future will be made in January.

Councillor Mohammed Shabbir first raised the idea of a Council-owned Asian bazaar last year, saying the authority should make the most of the popularity of that style of shopping with the city's Asian community.

He said: "I hope things continue there in a positive way.

"We need to make sure it integrates into the more coherent plan around the city's markets for when Westfield opens.

"The more variety our markets offer the better."

He said he would like even more diversity in city centre markets, adding: "We have a large Eastern European population, we need to make sure the markets are responsive to all communities needs and that they bring them into the city centre."

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8:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

LeftLongAgo says...

What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us.
What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us. LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 7

9:00am Thu 14 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

Are the number of empty stalls in the other markets increasing now?
Are the number of empty stalls in the other markets increasing now? Joedavid
  • Score: 6

9:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

hugefoodlover says...

How ignorant of @leftlongago if you look carefully the floor is worn not 'filthy' as you describe! Hats off for a community making use of empty space & bringing Bradford to life! Too many buildings are left to deteriorate or end up burned to the ground! Can't wait to go & see what delights they have!
How ignorant of @leftlongago if you look carefully the floor is worn not 'filthy' as you describe! Hats off for a community making use of empty space & bringing Bradford to life! Too many buildings are left to deteriorate or end up burned to the ground! Can't wait to go & see what delights they have! hugefoodlover
  • Score: 4

9:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

LeftLongAgo wrote:
What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us.
Floor looks like a rival for the carpet in WHSmiths in the Arndale.
[quote][p][bold]LeftLongAgo[/bold] wrote: What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us.[/p][/quote]Floor looks like a rival for the carpet in WHSmiths in the Arndale. Joedavid
  • Score: 23

9:11am Thu 14 Aug 14

LeftLongAgo says...

Hugefoodlover.
I looked closely - its called filth, not wear and tear. Looky see - it is Smeared Dirt. ! A worn carpet would have a pattern or trend of wear, caused by people walking in the same place. This has no pattern of wear and tear. I would not like to eat at your place if you think that is "worn". By the way, if they have a whip round I will pop round and advise on some suitable replacement flooring that can be kept clean, if they are interested like.
Hugefoodlover. I looked closely - its called filth, not wear and tear. Looky see - it is Smeared Dirt. ! A worn carpet would have a pattern or trend of wear, caused by people walking in the same place. This has no pattern of wear and tear. I would not like to eat at your place if you think that is "worn". By the way, if they have a whip round I will pop round and advise on some suitable replacement flooring that can be kept clean, if they are interested like. LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 17

9:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Can't compare the Bazaar and the other markets occupancy unless they rents and costs are the same. I somehow suspect, to get this off the ground, the council are offering far lower rents.

Still, it's good news that it's successful (and legal) and is making use of a long-standing empty space.
Can't compare the Bazaar and the other markets occupancy unless they rents and costs are the same. I somehow suspect, to get this off the ground, the council are offering far lower rents. Still, it's good news that it's successful (and legal) and is making use of a long-standing empty space. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 10

9:29am Thu 14 Aug 14

llos25 says...

You must understand that certain people do not go in for hygiene of any description.
You must understand that certain people do not go in for hygiene of any description. llos25
  • Score: 12

9:42am Thu 14 Aug 14

LeftLongAgo says...

Someone said "Legal" The Market itself may be legal, but what lurks beneath?
Someone said "Legal" The Market itself may be legal, but what lurks beneath? LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 11

10:46am Thu 14 Aug 14

StevieLad says...

Send someone from HMRC over there and watch it drop to 0% occupancy
Send someone from HMRC over there and watch it drop to 0% occupancy StevieLad
  • Score: 23

11:00am Thu 14 Aug 14

Avro says...

Yet there are numerous empty stalls in Kirkgate Market and the Rawson Quarter is 80% vacant and empty Stalls in Oastler too!
Yet there are numerous empty stalls in Kirkgate Market and the Rawson Quarter is 80% vacant and empty Stalls in Oastler too! Avro
  • Score: 14

11:03am Thu 14 Aug 14

Realtruth says...

Hang on folks,

These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building?

I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people.

Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious.
Hang on folks, These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building? I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people. Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious. Realtruth
  • Score: 5

11:10am Thu 14 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Realtruth wrote:
Hang on folks,

These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building?

I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people.

Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious.
It's supposed to be an Asian Bazaar, other markets do feature stallholders from different nationalities.
[quote][p][bold]Realtruth[/bold] wrote: Hang on folks, These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building? I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people. Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious.[/p][/quote]It's supposed to be an Asian Bazaar, other markets do feature stallholders from different nationalities. Albion.
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hx3bantam says...

LeftLongAgo wrote:
What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us.
And you leave gold-dust wherever you tread do you, Didn'tLeaveSoonEnoug
h? You may eat your food from the floor but back home we're a bit more civilized!
[quote][p][bold]LeftLongAgo[/bold] wrote: What right-minded person would shop there, have a look at the floor where these guys are standing, it is filthy. Do they sell food in such conditions? God help us.[/p][/quote]And you leave gold-dust wherever you tread do you, Didn'tLeaveSoonEnoug h? You may eat your food from the floor but back home we're a bit more civilized! hx3bantam
  • Score: -8

1:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

Anywhere there is Pakistanis only!, does well for the Pakistanis?. Labour's Intergration working well.
Anywhere there is Pakistanis only!, does well for the Pakistanis?. Labour's Intergration working well. They only do damage!
  • Score: 17

1:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Out of site says...

Albion. wrote:
Whatever you might think of the bazaar, that sort of thing is the future for Bradford as more traditional businesses disappear or relocate. The schemes to turn the city into a booming place with big name shops and businesses, might provide a temporary halt, but the writings on the wall and it aint in English!
If that's the way forward.abandon ship.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Whatever you might think of the bazaar, that sort of thing is the future for Bradford as more traditional businesses disappear or relocate. The schemes to turn the city into a booming place with big name shops and businesses, might provide a temporary halt, but the writings on the wall and it aint in English![/p][/quote]If that's the way forward.abandon ship. Out of site
  • Score: 16

2:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

linebacker2 says...

Realtruth wrote:
Hang on folks,

These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building?

I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people.

Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious.
Firstly it's the same floor as Rawson market had for the previous 100 years.

Secondly, regarding the "Asian bazaar" - ever heard of a German Christmas market for example? Would you expect French traders there?
[quote][p][bold]Realtruth[/bold] wrote: Hang on folks, These people are renting this space. The council should be making sure the flooring is acceptable. Or is it that they are too busy counting the money and not bothering about the condition of the building? I think it would be good if the Eastern Europeans & any other nationalities opened stalls in these markets too. That's what we are, a good mix of people. Let's start accepting everyone and get along. Plus I love a good steak and chips but when we had a wander round the other day we couldn't resist the curry. It was delicious.[/p][/quote]Firstly it's the same floor as Rawson market had for the previous 100 years. Secondly, regarding the "Asian bazaar" - ever heard of a German Christmas market for example? Would you expect French traders there? linebacker2
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting.

Hmmm... very strange.
And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting. Hmmm... very strange. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 19

3:10pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting.

Hmmm... very strange.
Lmaooo
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting. Hmmm... very strange.[/p][/quote]Lmaooo bradford88
  • Score: -4

6:50pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Out of site wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Whatever you might think of the bazaar, that sort of thing is the future for Bradford as more traditional businesses disappear or relocate. The schemes to turn the city into a booming place with big name shops and businesses, might provide a temporary halt, but the writings on the wall and it aint in English!
If that's the way forward.abandon ship.
Who said "forward"?
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Whatever you might think of the bazaar, that sort of thing is the future for Bradford as more traditional businesses disappear or relocate. The schemes to turn the city into a booming place with big name shops and businesses, might provide a temporary halt, but the writings on the wall and it aint in English![/p][/quote]If that's the way forward.abandon ship.[/p][/quote]Who said "forward"? Albion.
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ferrari17 says...

What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy
What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy Ferrari17
  • Score: -4

8:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bradford56 says...

Glad to see the empty building is back in use. Had a walk around last weekend and quite enjoyed it. Friendly stall holders too. Trouble with too many Bradford people is that they judge books by covers and don't give people a chance. We need a different variety of things in Bradford. It could be such a fantastic City if people would stop talking it down and give it a chance. Look at other places, Brick Lane in London for example. Had a terrible name and now people flock to it. Just saying...
Glad to see the empty building is back in use. Had a walk around last weekend and quite enjoyed it. Friendly stall holders too. Trouble with too many Bradford people is that they judge books by covers and don't give people a chance. We need a different variety of things in Bradford. It could be such a fantastic City if people would stop talking it down and give it a chance. Look at other places, Brick Lane in London for example. Had a terrible name and now people flock to it. Just saying... Bradford56
  • Score: 6

8:20pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Ferrari17 wrote:
What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy
Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent.
[quote][p][bold]Ferrari17[/bold] wrote: What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy[/p][/quote]Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent. bradford88
  • Score: 6

9:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ferrari17 says...

bradford88 wrote:
Ferrari17 wrote:
What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy
Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent.
When you can spell the basics properly, then start accusing others. But coming back to the bazaar, if border force should go there aswell as Benefits agencies and they would be disappointed. How many of these self employed stall holders are paying tax? I don't think it's a good idea by the council, not thought through. Cash in hand traders, then there's the hardworking people who work 9-5 who paying hard earned money to tax, get a grip all before saying this bazaar is the best thing since slice bread.
[quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferrari17[/bold] wrote: What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy[/p][/quote]Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent.[/p][/quote]When you can spell the basics properly, then start accusing others. But coming back to the bazaar, if border force should go there aswell as Benefits agencies and they would be disappointed. How many of these self employed stall holders are paying tax? I don't think it's a good idea by the council, not thought through. Cash in hand traders, then there's the hardworking people who work 9-5 who paying hard earned money to tax, get a grip all before saying this bazaar is the best thing since slice bread. Ferrari17
  • Score: -6

9:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ferrari17 says...

Border force and benefits wouldn't be disappointed.
Border force and benefits wouldn't be disappointed. Ferrari17
  • Score: -4

9:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

36a says...

It is unlikely that I will be heading there anytime soon, but it does seem to be filled with enterprising individuals, trying to earn a living.
I do wonder how many pay tax
It is unlikely that I will be heading there anytime soon, but it does seem to be filled with enterprising individuals, trying to earn a living. I do wonder how many pay tax 36a
  • Score: 4

9:58am Fri 15 Aug 14

allannicho says...

Good enough for Bradford, Nufsed!
Good enough for Bradford, Nufsed! allannicho
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Ferrari17 wrote:
bradford88 wrote:
Ferrari17 wrote:
What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy
Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent.
When you can spell the basics properly, then start accusing others. But coming back to the bazaar, if border force should go there aswell as Benefits agencies and they would be disappointed. How many of these self employed stall holders are paying tax? I don't think it's a good idea by the council, not thought through. Cash in hand traders, then there's the hardworking people who work 9-5 who paying hard earned money to tax, get a grip all before saying this bazaar is the best thing since slice bread.
I work 10:30am-7pm. Dont think your the only one that works in bradford, alot of these guys will be working 9-5 and do this on weekends. Pull your head out of your backside mystic meg and who cares about spelling mistakes its not a gcse or A level exam get a life you swatter.
[quote][p][bold]Ferrari17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferrari17[/bold] wrote: What a joke of a bazaar this is. Majority of the people in that photo are benefit seekers, I bet the whole market is full of illegal immigrants and benefit scroungers. I think the council need to clamp down on that. Having stall holders commited to non refundable deposits, obviously you will have 100% occupancy[/p][/quote]Now do you know there illegal immegrants is it because they have brown skin?, the uk border force should hire you if you can tell someone is an illegal immegrant or scrounging benifits just by looking at a picture, wow your amazing what a talent.[/p][/quote]When you can spell the basics properly, then start accusing others. But coming back to the bazaar, if border force should go there aswell as Benefits agencies and they would be disappointed. How many of these self employed stall holders are paying tax? I don't think it's a good idea by the council, not thought through. Cash in hand traders, then there's the hardworking people who work 9-5 who paying hard earned money to tax, get a grip all before saying this bazaar is the best thing since slice bread.[/p][/quote]I work 10:30am-7pm. Dont think your the only one that works in bradford, alot of these guys will be working 9-5 and do this on weekends. Pull your head out of your backside mystic meg and who cares about spelling mistakes its not a gcse or A level exam get a life you swatter. bradford88
  • Score: -3

9:38am Sat 16 Aug 14

Avro says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting.

Hmmm... very strange.
So says the muslim fanatic!
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: And as if by magic, all the closet BNP/EDL scum start commenting. Hmmm... very strange.[/p][/quote]So says the muslim fanatic! Avro
  • Score: 2

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