On Friday I visited the Naas branch, where they celebrate 60 years in business later this month. The weekly market takes place in their beautiful Town Hall in the town centre. There are approx 27 active members, many of whom are long serving members. They have continued to adapt to the changing times, and welcome new members, knowing that this is the key to staying in business.
With over 20,000 people living in Naas, choice is endless when it comes to buying food, it takes work to keep business coming through those doors. Customer service is important to the members. Small gestures like homemade sweets given out on Valentine’s, Mother’s and Father’s Day let the customers know they are valued.
Themed days where certain produce is showcased, are also a feature of the market. These days often tie in with events in the area, eg Confirmation, Holy Communion, so customers know they can buy wonderful savouries or beautiful desserts for their special occasion.
Members are also vigilant about keeping the standards set all those years ago, and maintain an excellent variety of produce.