On the right Traxx

The market in Chapeltown has been popular with locals for many decades, but in recent years it had started to run out of steam. Last year, a group of volunteers joined together to take over the running of the market to get it back on track.

Before the volunteers took over, the market had been run by Chapeltown Working Men’s Club, but with a decline in footfall, they could no longer sustain it. It got to a point where there would only be two traders standing on the Friday market which didn’t even cover the license fee.

To save it from closing, a team of local residents decided to club together and revitalise the market to bring a modern vibe and attract the younger generation. As the site is next to Chapeltown train station, they renamed it Traxx.

The market is run by a social enterprise, Chapelgreen Community Enterprise, and the profits from income generated by stall holder fees is redistributed back into the market. There are around 14 volunteers in total who help with everything from finances and social media to marshalling and repainting stalls. Most of the volunteers have full-time jobs or run their own businesses alongside the time they give to keeping Traxx afloat.

To help get the new market started, the team received grants from Tesco and Sheffield Town Trust which enabled the stalls and veg hut to be refurbished ready to welcome new traders.

The new Saturday market officially launched on 4th July last year – their independence day – and over the last year the market has been a roaring success, averaging over 1,000 visitors every week from across the region due to its handy transport links.

Every Saturday, there are plenty of stalls to peruse from 10am until 4pm. The independent traders vary each week, so the best way to see what’s on offer is to visit. But there is usually a range of handmade crafts, artwork, candles, jewellery and wooden items, as well as clothing, wool and haberdashery, plants and toys.

Food plays a huge part in the Traxx offering, with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to bread and baked goods, and cheese and chutneys. There are also various street food stalls which are open until 8pm selling the likes of Greek gyros, pork and ribs, gourmet chips, pizza and homemade burger. You can even stop off for a drink at the Signal Box bar housed in an old shipping container.

On August Bank Holiday Monday, there will also be an artisan market and food festival from 12pm until 6pm with a range of stalls.

Traxx is a place where traders have become friends who support each other through hard times. But more than anything, Traxx has become a hub for the whole community to enjoy, respect and value – whether that be to relax, work or shop.

What, where, when:

Traxx Market is on every Saturday at Chapeltown WMC car park (S35 2UU). Stalls are open 10am-4pm, with food vendors and the bar open until 8pm.

On August Bank Holiday Monday, there will also be an artisan market and food festival from 12pm until 6pm with a range of stalls.

For more information about Traxx, visit their Facebook page or website www.traxxsheffield.co.uk