New spot for Newport fruit and veg stall

South Wales Argus: The Fruit Machine Market Stall has been newly located between Austin Friars and Commercial Street in Newport.  Pictured is the Market Stall owner Chris Williams. (3215830) The Fruit Machine Market Stall has been newly located between Austin Friars and Commercial Street in Newport. Pictured is the Market Stall owner Chris Williams. (3215830)

A NEWPORT fruit and vegetable stall has moved to a new pitch in the city centre.

Fruit Machine was located on Upper Dock Street but has moved to a spot on Commercial Street now the old bus station has closed.

Yesterday was the stall’s first day of trading after Christmas and the stall's owner Chris Williams said he expected to sell to more passing trade now it has moved.

He said: “We had a good trade in the original spot but it was the bus station closing that made it uneconomical.”

But he said the new stall was “looking quite promising” and that by midday yesterday it had served “a couple of hundred people”, far more than they had served after the bus station had closed.

Mr Williams, 59, started the stall 28 years ago and lives in Llanvaches. He first started it when he was working on his father’s farm and started to sell his own vegetables in the upstairs area of Newport Indoor Market. The stall later moved downstairs within the market and then outside its stall on Upper Dock Street.

He grows some of his vegetables, like potatoes, beans and beetroot, and buys all his other goods from Cardiff and Bristol wholesale markets. On weekdays he has to be awake by 5.30am to get the stall ready but on Saturdays he is awake by 4am.

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11:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Hands up all those old enough to remember when Newport's main bus station was in Upper Dock Street right outside the market entrance.
Hands up all those old enough to remember when Newport's main bus station was in Upper Dock Street right outside the market entrance. ex-St. Julians boy
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12:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

alybal says...

ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
Hands up all those old enough to remember when Newport's main bus station was in Upper Dock Street right outside the market entrance.
Yes I remember it! When I was little, of course... :-)
[quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: Hands up all those old enough to remember when Newport's main bus station was in Upper Dock Street right outside the market entrance.[/p][/quote]Yes I remember it! When I was little, of course... :-) alybal
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12:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

Valley buses stopped in Bridge street alongside the railway. When the new road was built and business demolished by the railway station I worked with the builders there.
Valley buses stopped in Bridge street alongside the railway. When the new road was built and business demolished by the railway station I worked with the builders there. Mervyn James
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4:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

youngashie says...

I can remember when the buses from the eastern valley used to terminate & start at the rear of the railway station in Dos Road and there was pedestrian subway under the railway that came out at the back of the post office on high street. Also the Red & White buses to Monmouth & Chepstow terminated & started from the front of the railway station in Cambrian Road. Later on all of out of town services were moved to the then new Capitol car park and bus station in Dock Street I think this was some time in the mid/late nineteen fifties.
I can remember when the buses from the eastern valley used to terminate & start at the rear of the railway station in Dos Road and there was pedestrian subway under the railway that came out at the back of the post office on high street. Also the Red & White buses to Monmouth & Chepstow terminated & started from the front of the railway station in Cambrian Road. Later on all of out of town services were moved to the then new Capitol car park and bus station in Dock Street I think this was some time in the mid/late nineteen fifties. youngashie
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5:08pm Sat 4 Jan 14

davidcp says...

Slow news day or what?
Slow news day or what? davidcp
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11:12am Tue 7 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Now all we want is the city to open lower bridge street to skinner st and we have a circler route from the railway station to the market bus station and the old from cristchurch can get to the market and the other routes that terminate at the railway station and some that dont pick up there like the gear and rodgerstone. Get it sorted.
Dont tell me . We cannot there's a statue in the way ?
move the old lord to where he was saposted to go in the first place opposite the Tredegar arcade.
Thats the one at the top end of high st he can look down to the westgate sq.
Now all we want is the city to open lower bridge street to skinner st and we have a circler route from the railway station to the market bus station and the old from cristchurch can get to the market and the other routes that terminate at the railway station and some that dont pick up there like the gear and rodgerstone. Get it sorted. Dont tell me . We cannot there's a statue in the way ? move the old lord to where he was saposted to go in the first place opposite the Tredegar arcade. Thats the one at the top end of high st he can look down to the westgate sq. Thinking heads
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