BRATISLAVA’S downtown area has been losing many fresh markets and small shops. Stará tržnica (Old Market Hall) was closed for reconstruction and may never reopen as a market and another small but popular market on Žilinská Street is situated on private land and might be closed within two years. So Old Town residents, especially older citizens, have welcomed the opening of Stará tržnička, a new market at Kýčerského 8, as a convenient place to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs.
“The market on Žilinská is not in our hands and even though the owner promised not to close it for two years, we are looking into a more distant future and want to fulfil our promise given to local citizens at a public meeting concerning the possible fate of the Žilinská market,” said Old Town mayor Tatiana Rosová at the opening of the new market, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The building is owned by the Old Town government and until last year housed a Chinese shop on the ground floor while its first floor, empty for a long time, is now occupied by a pensioners’ association, a day centre for seniors and a health advisory centre. “An advisory centre for social, psychological and legal assistance is also planned,” Rosová added.
The small market is open daily from 7:00 to 18:00, except for Sundays, and offers fruit, vegetables, dairy products and fresh bread as well as flowers, newspapers and tobacco products. The Old Town government extended cooperation to market’s lessee. “We asked the lessee to make the investment in the reconstruction and we will deduct that amount from the rent,” Rosová told the SITA newswire, adding that the cost of establishing the roofed market came to almost €17,000 but the expenditure was necessary if the Žilinská market closes in the future.