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Dublin's Oldest Fruit And Vegetable Market Is Set To Close

By Donna Ahern
Dublin's Oldest Fruit And Vegetable Market Is Set To Close

Dublins oldest fruit and vegetable market, which is located between Capel Street and Smithfield in the city centre, is reportedly set to close later this month.

It is believed that the Victorian market, will re-open to serve a new generation with retail food producers such as artisan bakers, butchers, cheese makers, reports

“There are only a few fruit and vegetable traders left in the market now,” said Justin Leonard from Jackie Leonard & Sons, who trades from a family run wholesale Fruit and Vegetable business operating over four generations since 1892 from the Corporation Fruit Market, Dublin.

Speaking with Leonard added: "Most of the traders have moved to the warehouses nearby and buyers looking for wholesale produce will know to come straight to the warehouses so it will be good for business."

"Any produce sold in recent years from the market has been delivered to the customers, in the old days it was a thriving wholesale market but not anymore.” He added.


24 Hours 

Leonard said that the fruit and vegetable trade was slow at the moment due to the summer holidays.

However, he said that no-deal Brexit is detrimental to everyone.

"If every truck has to get checked at the EU-UK border, then again when entering Ireland, it will cause huge delays," he said.

Leonard highlighted that there is the possibility to ship directly from France, Holland or Spain into Cork or Dublin but that will add 24 hours on to the shipping time.


"In this business 24 hours can mean the difference between profit or loss," he highlighted.

If I buy a product at a certain price, the market may have dropped before it even arrives, not to mention the quality of perishable products after a longer journey.”

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