After 32 years working out of Units 28-30 on D Row in the Fruit & Vegetable Market, HG Walker moved to a new home in the first week of February. And while the casual observer might be excused for thinking that one end of Buyer’s Walk is very similar to the other, the firm’s Managing Director Eddie Barrett tells us he’s noticed a real difference since the relocation to D63-64.
“We’re actually finding out that we’re in a ‘different’ market here,” said Eddie, pictured with son Michael. “The footfall is completely different to what we had further up Buyer’s Walk. All of our customers have stayed loyal to us – they soon find you when you move, but we’re definitely seeing new people here and some of our old accounts have become live again.”
HG Walker continues to offer the same service, having specialised in providing and supplying predominantly English produce for around 140 years. Renowned for sourcing top-notch apples, pears and soft fruit from Kent, it also sells a vast selection of seasonal produce, including the finest Yorkshire rhubarb and English asparagus. Alongside its English produce, the firm has relationships with suppliers across the globe and the wide range of homegrown and imported produce means that its supplies remain seasonal and fresh throughout the year.
Eddie has been in the Market for more than four decades and Michael has been here for a dozen years. The relocation hasn’t changed the core business, but it has sharpened the mind of the team, added Eddie. “So far, we’ve carried on doing pretty much the same as we were doing before. In time, I think we might be able to do a few different lines being here though. We have a slightly smaller space, which suits us. But it’s really nice to be in a new environment and have a new challenge to focus on.”