A temporary shelter for Vaitele Market vendors to use for a few weeks has already been set up.
This was confirmed by the General Manager of the Samoa Land Corporation, Ulugia Kavesi Petelo, in an interview with the Samoa Observer.
“For your information, the work has begun on the market for a businessman who won the tender to move in soon,” Ulugia said.
“They’re covering the whole ground floor of the market and that’s why we set up those temporary tarpaulins shelter for vendors to move into.
“The Corporation is now working on the extension of the market at the front for vendors (permanent).
“It’s takes two to three weeks to build.
“Those temporary shelters are for them to wait on the completion of the permanent site so they could continue to sell their agricultural products.
“As of today, not more than six vendors are covering the ground floor.
The owner of Coin Save won the tender to run their $5.7 million Vaitele Market at the beginning of this year.
“They’re looking at building a warehouse to sell any sort of goods here and the other side for children to have fun.
“I think they’re working on something else apart from what other companies and supermarkets are working on.
“That’s good, because we all know the competition here in this area is very tight and I think that’s why they’re looking at other businesses to set up.
One farmer who spoke to Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity said sales are slow.
“The market is alright but the problem is, we hardly have any customers that come here and buy from us and I think this change is another way to approach our customers,” she said.
“We also hope that this business will bring in more people to the market and buy from us. Not chasing us away from here.”