Thirty-nine per cent of people say that they "love" the Old Market development in Hereford

Many people flocked to the Old Market on the opening day.

Many people flocked to the Old Market on the opening day.

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NEARLY 40 per cent of people love Hereford's Old Market, according to a herefordtimes.com poll.

We asked you what you thought about the new development following its opening last Thursday.

Out of a total of 821 votes cast, 39 per cent said that they "love it", while a further 12 per cent said that it was "okay".

However, the site - which features stores such as Waitrose, Debenhams and Next - has not got everyone raving about it.

A total of 14 per cent of people said that they "hated" it, while 33 per cent said that they had not even visited the Old Market by the time the poll closed on Sunday.

The remaining two per cent did not indicate what their feelings were towards the site.

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1:05pm Tue 6 May 14

silentbull2 says...

Went round it for the first time on bank holiday Monday only because it was 'free parking' in Merton meadow car park (still had to pay in waitrose carpark though).
I thought it was okay, with most shops either not open yet or not being used for the near future here's my view on the shopstthat I went in...
DEBENHANS- its about time a city like hereford had a store like this, well impressed
WAITROSE- same as Debenhams and it seemed pretty popular (though,I think the carpark is still to expensive)
NEXT- shouldve stayed where they were, Holmer road was bigger and easier to get to
TK MAX- a lot bigger than the last 'home' and looks like doing well
FAT FACE-might not suit everybody but I love this shop
Can't wait to see who else is going to open there shop here 'but' concerned in what will happen to the 'main' centre
Went round it for the first time on bank holiday Monday only because it was 'free parking' in Merton meadow car park (still had to pay in waitrose carpark though). I thought it was okay, with most shops either not open yet or not being used for the near future here's my view on the shopstthat I went in... DEBENHANS- its about time a city like hereford had a store like this, well impressed WAITROSE- same as Debenhams and it seemed pretty popular (though,I think the carpark is still to expensive) NEXT- shouldve stayed where they were, Holmer road was bigger and easier to get to TK MAX- a lot bigger than the last 'home' and looks like doing well FAT FACE-might not suit everybody but I love this shop Can't wait to see who else is going to open there shop here 'but' concerned in what will happen to the 'main' centre silentbull2
  • Score: 12

2:40pm Tue 6 May 14

mizza21 says...

Debenhams - For old folk really like M & S. More expensive than most other stores in Hereford and quality not as good. Not many staff about. Mostly selling the products of far eastern cheap labour.
Waitrose - Fine if you like paying 25% more for your shopping than other supermarkets.
TK MAXX - Excellent as always. I dress entirely out of this store. Now it's even bigger.
Restaurants - All of them are a missed opportunity to showcase local talent and local produce. Mexican, American, Portuguese. No English and all chains. All sell the Western diet/disease? Loads of carbs, sugar and salt.
Odeon - Expensive, but it'll be handy for films that really have to be seen on the big screen, but will definitely not be showing independent films.
Thank God for the Courtyard

It is in short a place for those without the imagination to shop elsewhere. A poor man's Cwmbran.

All of this at the expense of High Town traders.
Debenhams - For old folk really like M & S. More expensive than most other stores in Hereford and quality not as good. Not many staff about. Mostly selling the products of far eastern cheap labour. Waitrose - Fine if you like paying 25% more for your shopping than other supermarkets. TK MAXX - Excellent as always. I dress entirely out of this store. Now it's even bigger. Restaurants - All of them are a missed opportunity to showcase local talent and local produce. Mexican, American, Portuguese. No English and all chains. All sell the Western diet/disease? Loads of carbs, sugar and salt. Odeon - Expensive, but it'll be handy for films that really have to be seen on the big screen, but will definitely not be showing independent films. Thank God for the Courtyard It is in short a place for those without the imagination to shop elsewhere. A poor man's Cwmbran. All of this at the expense of High Town traders. mizza21
  • Score: -12

4:03pm Tue 6 May 14

saidflo says...

Hooray open at last!
Wonderful! etc etc...
Had a look Thursday and Friday. Shared spaceroad crossing was difficult as a pedestrian. The congested traffic queue of cars on Newmarket Street had stopped on the crossing very closely and we couldn't squeeze through. It still looks ugly and uninviting from JD's.
Looks appealing (for shops) once inside the shopping mall. Fantastic music outside Waitrose on opening day (one of the artists told me were working for free).
Loads of car parking spaces and bike parking bars available and looks open and spacious from the "wrong" side. Shame the planners spoilt the approach and "back sides" - an opportunity missed there!
Have next to no interest in shops full of more and more expensive stuff - but they seemed popular with some people.
A few boring chain coffee and junk food outlets there for our enjoyment.
Waitrose has blessed us by providing the shop with toilets. They must have been consulting with Herefordshire Council cabinet again as they have only 2 toilets which are both disabled style. Apparently the majority of us never have calls of nature whilst outside our own homes.

Brilliant! We now have those 1100 new jobs, although I have only counted 400 between Debenhams and Waitrose up to now - the other 700 must be staff for the Odeon and Nando's.

Hereford has now changed completely and I really love it!
Peeps flock here from all surrounding areas - Worcester, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Gloucester to visit Waitrose, Debenhams and Nando's.
High town and the Buttermarket will flourish now more footfall is here and they/we all lived happily ever after.

Proves those moany groaners had
Hooray open at last! Wonderful! etc etc... Had a look Thursday and Friday. Shared spaceroad crossing was difficult as a pedestrian. The congested traffic queue of cars on Newmarket Street had stopped on the crossing very closely and we couldn't squeeze through. It still looks ugly and uninviting from JD's. Looks appealing (for shops) once inside the shopping mall. Fantastic music outside Waitrose on opening day (one of the artists told me were working for free). Loads of car parking spaces and bike parking bars available and looks open and spacious from the "wrong" side. Shame the planners spoilt the approach and "back sides" - an opportunity missed there! Have next to no interest in shops full of more and more expensive stuff - but they seemed popular with some people. A few boring chain coffee and junk food outlets there for our enjoyment. Waitrose has blessed us by providing the shop with toilets. They must have been consulting with Herefordshire Council cabinet again as they have only 2 toilets which are both disabled style. Apparently the majority of us never have calls of nature whilst outside our own homes. Brilliant! We now have those 1100 new jobs, although I have only counted 400 between Debenhams and Waitrose up to now - the other 700 must be staff for the Odeon and Nando's. Hereford has now changed completely and I really love it! Peeps flock here from all surrounding areas - Worcester, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Gloucester to visit Waitrose, Debenhams and Nando's. High town and the Buttermarket will flourish now more footfall is here and they/we all lived happily ever after. Proves those moany groaners had saidflo
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Tue 6 May 14

saidflo says...

Whoooops

Proves those who moan and groan are a total waste of space!
Whoooops Proves those who moan and groan are a total waste of space! saidflo
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Tue 6 May 14

Gillian1961 says...

My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone
My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone Gillian1961
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Tue 6 May 14

silentbull2 says...

Gillian1961 wrote:
My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone
They won't spend a penny on the Merton meadow carpark as it's going to close soon and a big housing estate built on it sadly
[quote][p][bold]Gillian1961[/bold] wrote: My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone[/p][/quote]They won't spend a penny on the Merton meadow carpark as it's going to close soon and a big housing estate built on it sadly silentbull2
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Tue 6 May 14

ThatsHerefordForYou! says...

Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern!
Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern! ThatsHerefordForYou!
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Tue 6 May 14

ad47uk says...

I have not stepped foot in there yet, the closest i came is when i went into town and I had to cross the road as the crossing i normally use from the herdsman to the old farmers club have gone.

I am suppose to be going to town for a coffee with a mate on Thursday, he said about going to have a look, I am going to try and talk myself pout of it, because to be honest nothing on on the grid is of interest to me.
The food places when they open, is just the same old fast food rubbish that other cities have. doubt very much if i will visit any, but I expect people will still pay over the odds for the muck.

Sorry, but I think I can live without going into the place.

I expect I will be forced to have a look at some point, but i am certainly in no rush.
I know, I will get a load of thumbs down, but to be honest, I don't care.
I have not stepped foot in there yet, the closest i came is when i went into town and I had to cross the road as the crossing i normally use from the herdsman to the old farmers club have gone. I am suppose to be going to town for a coffee with a mate on Thursday, he said about going to have a look, I am going to try and talk myself pout of it, because to be honest nothing on on the grid is of interest to me. The food places when they open, is just the same old fast food rubbish that other cities have. doubt very much if i will visit any, but I expect people will still pay over the odds for the muck. Sorry, but I think I can live without going into the place. I expect I will be forced to have a look at some point, but i am certainly in no rush. I know, I will get a load of thumbs down, but to be honest, I don't care. ad47uk
  • Score: -18

11:04pm Tue 6 May 14

William Rudd says...

The question was We asked you what you thought about the new development following its opening last Thursday.
33% were from people who ain't been there lol
The question was We asked you what you thought about the new development following its opening last Thursday. 33% were from people who ain't been there lol William Rudd
  • Score: 0

8:36am Wed 7 May 14

robbo372 says...

Ok ... so why would people vote if they hadn't even visited? It would be interesting to know if they hadn't visited on principle or if they just hadn't got around to it yet.

If we remove the 33% from the total that would leave 550 folks who actually visited. From that, only 14% 'hated' it; around 77 people out of 550. That leaves 473 people with a (somewhat) positive view of the area, around 86% of those polled.

Reads a slightly different story now?
Ok ... so why would people vote if they hadn't even visited? It would be interesting to know if they hadn't visited on principle or if they just hadn't got around to it yet. If we remove the 33% from the total that would leave 550 folks who actually visited. From that, only 14% 'hated' it; around 77 people out of 550. That leaves 473 people with a (somewhat) positive view of the area, around 86% of those polled. Reads a slightly different story now? robbo372
  • Score: 7

9:50am Wed 7 May 14

HfdBecky says...

All looks nice and modern, but too many red bricks and it would of looked even better with more glass, especially on the corner bit facing the roundabout. I went there yesterday and was surprised that it was all out in the open, for some reason I thought a lot of it was under cover, so ended up getting rained upon :( Next is much smaller than the other store and just looked cramped to me. Debenhams is nice with plenty or room and friendly staff. We went for a coffee in Waitrose at 7.45 to be told no more coffee, cafe is shut, so was a little surprised there, worse part for us was when we came to pay our parking, I think it's expensive, but we had no change and you cannot pay by phone or card and there are no ATM's??? Had to go back into Waitrose and buy something in order to get some change.
Looking forward to Frankie & Benny's opening next weekend and the Odeon should be good too.
All looks nice and modern, but too many red bricks and it would of looked even better with more glass, especially on the corner bit facing the roundabout. I went there yesterday and was surprised that it was all out in the open, for some reason I thought a lot of it was under cover, so ended up getting rained upon :( Next is much smaller than the other store and just looked cramped to me. Debenhams is nice with plenty or room and friendly staff. We went for a coffee in Waitrose at 7.45 to be told no more coffee, cafe is shut, so was a little surprised there, worse part for us was when we came to pay our parking, I think it's expensive, but we had no change and you cannot pay by phone or card and there are no ATM's??? Had to go back into Waitrose and buy something in order to get some change. Looking forward to Frankie & Benny's opening next weekend and the Odeon should be good too. HfdBecky
  • Score: 0

9:50am Wed 7 May 14

herefordman99 says...

saidflo wrote:
Hooray open at last! Wonderful! etc etc... Had a look Thursday and Friday. Shared spaceroad crossing was difficult as a pedestrian. The congested traffic queue of cars on Newmarket Street had stopped on the crossing very closely and we couldn't squeeze through. It still looks ugly and uninviting from JD's. Looks appealing (for shops) once inside the shopping mall. Fantastic music outside Waitrose on opening day (one of the artists told me were working for free). Loads of car parking spaces and bike parking bars available and looks open and spacious from the "wrong" side. Shame the planners spoilt the approach and "back sides" - an opportunity missed there! Have next to no interest in shops full of more and more expensive stuff - but they seemed popular with some people. A few boring chain coffee and junk food outlets there for our enjoyment. Waitrose has blessed us by providing the shop with toilets. They must have been consulting with Herefordshire Council cabinet again as they have only 2 toilets which are both disabled style. Apparently the majority of us never have calls of nature whilst outside our own homes. Brilliant! We now have those 1100 new jobs, although I have only counted 400 between Debenhams and Waitrose up to now - the other 700 must be staff for the Odeon and Nando's. Hereford has now changed completely and I really love it! Peeps flock here from all surrounding areas - Worcester, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Gloucester to visit Waitrose, Debenhams and Nando's. High town and the Buttermarket will flourish now more footfall is here and they/we all lived happily ever after. Proves those moany groaners had
They may flock here once, but that'll probably be it - can't personally see a reason to make a monthly trip to Debenhams.
Has anyone else actually checked out how expensive these new gourmet fast food joints are??? Prices maybe ok for Londoners, but for part time/low wage earners round here, £10 for a cheeseburger is ridiculous!
Goto any one of our locally owned (and in most cases excellent chip shops) and you can feed 4 people for the same amount.
Have driven past it a few times, not planning to visit as no shops there worth spending my hard earned money in, and judging from the number of people walking away from there not carrying anything, most are just going for a look.
The council really have missed a good opportunity here. Rather than tempting 2 big chain stores in, they could have created a unique shopping experience with lots of smaller franchise outlets, and a lot of independant local retailers in, and made it worthwhile visiting the place.
[quote][p][bold]saidflo[/bold] wrote: Hooray open at last! Wonderful! etc etc... Had a look Thursday and Friday. Shared spaceroad crossing was difficult as a pedestrian. The congested traffic queue of cars on Newmarket Street had stopped on the crossing very closely and we couldn't squeeze through. It still looks ugly and uninviting from JD's. Looks appealing (for shops) once inside the shopping mall. Fantastic music outside Waitrose on opening day (one of the artists told me were working for free). Loads of car parking spaces and bike parking bars available and looks open and spacious from the "wrong" side. Shame the planners spoilt the approach and "back sides" - an opportunity missed there! Have next to no interest in shops full of more and more expensive stuff - but they seemed popular with some people. A few boring chain coffee and junk food outlets there for our enjoyment. Waitrose has blessed us by providing the shop with toilets. They must have been consulting with Herefordshire Council cabinet again as they have only 2 toilets which are both disabled style. Apparently the majority of us never have calls of nature whilst outside our own homes. Brilliant! We now have those 1100 new jobs, although I have only counted 400 between Debenhams and Waitrose up to now - the other 700 must be staff for the Odeon and Nando's. Hereford has now changed completely and I really love it! Peeps flock here from all surrounding areas - Worcester, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Gloucester to visit Waitrose, Debenhams and Nando's. High town and the Buttermarket will flourish now more footfall is here and they/we all lived happily ever after. Proves those moany groaners had[/p][/quote]They may flock here once, but that'll probably be it - can't personally see a reason to make a monthly trip to Debenhams. Has anyone else actually checked out how expensive these new gourmet fast food joints are??? Prices maybe ok for Londoners, but for part time/low wage earners round here, £10 for a cheeseburger is ridiculous! Goto any one of our locally owned (and in most cases excellent chip shops) and you can feed 4 people for the same amount. Have driven past it a few times, not planning to visit as no shops there worth spending my hard earned money in, and judging from the number of people walking away from there not carrying anything, most are just going for a look. The council really have missed a good opportunity here. Rather than tempting 2 big chain stores in, they could have created a unique shopping experience with lots of smaller franchise outlets, and a lot of independant local retailers in, and made it worthwhile visiting the place. herefordman99
  • Score: -8

3:38pm Wed 7 May 14

Hereford person says...

We don't want more grass Hfdbecky Balfour Beatty are only going to cut grass areas three times a year they have told the council.
We don't want more grass Hfdbecky Balfour Beatty are only going to cut grass areas three times a year they have told the council. Hereford person
  • Score: 2

3:55pm Wed 7 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

I thought the shops were good and enjoyed the experience and I was one of those who had doubts about this venture. Shall definitely use the shops.
Did anybody notice how difficult it was to park in Tesco on Tuesday morning? Many people were parking free in Tesco for the two hours allowed and walking over to the OLM. Can't blame them. But, how long before Tesco start charging - if they are permitted?
One chap took the 'shared'space' to a different level on Monday afternoon. The two lanes of cars queuing between Widemarsh Street and Tesco were treated to a chap walking between the queuing cars. He did appear to be a little wobbly on his feet and may have been partaking in that regular Bank Holiday hobby of drinking too much lemonade!
I thought the shops were good and enjoyed the experience and I was one of those who had doubts about this venture. Shall definitely use the shops. Did anybody notice how difficult it was to park in Tesco on Tuesday morning? Many people were parking free in Tesco for the two hours allowed and walking over to the OLM. Can't blame them. But, how long before Tesco start charging - if they are permitted? One chap took the 'shared'space' to a different level on Monday afternoon. The two lanes of cars queuing between Widemarsh Street and Tesco were treated to a chap walking between the queuing cars. He did appear to be a little wobbly on his feet and may have been partaking in that regular Bank Holiday hobby of drinking too much lemonade! littlewhitebull
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Thu 8 May 14

drjazz says...

ThatsHerefordForYou! wrote:
Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern!
That's probably because it's just been built or hadn't you noticed?
[quote][p][bold]ThatsHerefordForYou![/bold] wrote: Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern![/p][/quote]That's probably because it's just been built or hadn't you noticed? drjazz
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Thu 8 May 14

Dementinator says...

Its great, loved it!
Its great, loved it! Dementinator
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Thu 8 May 14

ad47uk says...

I went around there today for a look, went into Waitrose with a mate. It was ok, only shop I did go into, and only because my mate wanted a beer that Waitrose sold. I doubt I will ever go across to the old market again, i did not go in any other shop.

Also the Newmarket street is not wide enough, there was a tanker by the lights going towards widemarsh street and bus beside it, but the bus was partly on the pavement, if you can call it a pavement because there was no where else for it to go.

I expect the old Market will do ok for a while, but it is not a place i will bother with.
I went around there today for a look, went into Waitrose with a mate. It was ok, only shop I did go into, and only because my mate wanted a beer that Waitrose sold. I doubt I will ever go across to the old market again, i did not go in any other shop. Also the Newmarket street is not wide enough, there was a tanker by the lights going towards widemarsh street and bus beside it, but the bus was partly on the pavement, if you can call it a pavement because there was no where else for it to go. I expect the old Market will do ok for a while, but it is not a place i will bother with. ad47uk
  • Score: -7

11:56pm Fri 9 May 14

GertrudeBeach says...

The new shops look lovely. As soon as I find my teeth I am going to go.
The new shops look lovely. As soon as I find my teeth I am going to go. GertrudeBeach
  • Score: 5

2:07pm Sat 10 May 14

Gillian1961 says...

silentbull2 wrote:
Gillian1961 wrote:
My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone
They won't spend a penny on the Merton meadow carpark as it's going to close soon and a big housing estate built on it sadly
o right the same time as they build the new relieve road
[quote][p][bold]silentbull2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian1961[/bold] wrote: My son took me around there bank holiday monday loads of people around very clean and tidy at the moment, went to the new set of traffic light to cross over to cut through Tesco's it was so scary people were just walking straight across both lanes even thou the lights are staggered there is know railings to stop people and children from getting knocked down council need to address this ASP town was buzzing with people as well just need to sort the merton meddow car park out after the may fair as gone[/p][/quote]They won't spend a penny on the Merton meadow carpark as it's going to close soon and a big housing estate built on it sadly[/p][/quote]o right the same time as they build the new relieve road Gillian1961
  • Score: -1

8:06am Sun 11 May 14

ThatsHerefordForYou! says...

drjazz wrote:
ThatsHerefordForYou! wrote:
Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern!
That's probably because it's just been built or hadn't you noticed?
No, I just didn't go in any shop's because I was walking home that way...
[quote][p][bold]drjazz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThatsHerefordForYou![/bold] wrote: Didn't go in any stores but walked through after the May Fair and it looks very modern![/p][/quote]That's probably because it's just been built or hadn't you noticed?[/p][/quote]No, I just didn't go in any shop's because I was walking home that way... ThatsHerefordForYou!
  • Score: 3

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