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Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2024

Serrekunda Market Shop Owners Concerned About Declining Sales Due to Roadside Competition “Wanterr”

In a press conference held on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, shop owners at Serrekunda Market expressed their frustration over declining sales during the koriteh period. They attributed this decline to the presence of roadside vendors, locally known as “Wanterr,” who were permitted by the Gambian government to sell alongside the roads despite previous restrictions.

Iso Sanneh, one of the market shop owners, addressed the press and expressed deep disappointment with the decreasing sales caused by the presence of roadside vendors. Sanneh urged stakeholders to take action and prohibit the “Wanterr” from operating at Serrekunda Market.

photo Credit: Kerr fatou: Iso Sanneh Vendor At The Serekunda Market

Sanneh emphasized that shop owners rely on steady sales throughout the year. However, just when they anticipate a surge in business, the government lifts the ban on roadside vendors, allowing them to flood the market. Sanneh claimed that many of these vendors are not even Gambians and leave behind waste before departing for their respective countries. This situation has left shop owners facing significant losses after years of paying rent and investing in merchandise.

Amie Jallow, another shop owner, echoed these sentiments and called on the government to enforce regulations against the “Wanterr” at Serrekunda Market. Jallow highlighted the financial difficulties faced by shop owners who have borrowed from banks and suppliers, struggling to meet repayments while their sales cannot cover their debts. The market is now filled with unsold goods, and Jallow urged the central government and the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) to intervene.

The shop owners are currently facing a challenging situation, with declining sales impacting their livelihoods. They hope that the government and relevant authorities will acknowledge the impact of their actions and take measures to address the concerns raised by the Serrekunda Market shop owners.

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