Co-or­di­na­tor Asks Ven­dors to Limit Them­selves to ROC

Fiji Sun - - NATION - El­lana Kalounisig­a. KELERA SOVASIGA Edited by Jonathan Bryce

ROC mar­ket co-or­di­na­tor El­lana Kalounisig­a has shed light on claims by ven­dors al­leg­ing they are not wel­comed back if they par­take in other mar­kets around the coun­try.

“We would never tell them they can­not sell ev­ery­where, but what we can do is let them know we have a wait­list of more than 105 ven­dors want­ing a chance to join our team,” she said.

“Our ven­dors have been ‘asked’ to con­sider the suc­cess they have out of the ROC and to limit them­selves ac­cord­ingly.

“If they are ‘ev­ery­where’ they be­come com­mon and my job as co-or­di­na­tor is to en­sure the ROC re­mains the qual­ity mar­ket it is. We don’t have the same ven­dors that sell ev­ery­where.”

The unique mar­ket space has been op­er­a­tional for al­most 20 years and has over the years main­tained the stan­dards of sup­port­ing new small busi­nesses. “The suc­cess be­hind the ROC and the rea­son we have such suc­cess, is that we choose our ven­dors very care­fully,” she said. “Our mar­ket is an artisan cen­tered space, and in­cu­ba­tion space for many suc­cess sto­ries be­cause we have qual­ity con­trol, we limit who comes in – that’s the rea­son you don’t see our ven­dors ‘ev­ery­where’ - we aren’t a stan­dard mar­ket space

“We’ve worked very hard to build a mar­ket model that sup­ports mostly hand­made, lo­cally pro­duced qual­ity lo­cal prod­ucts,” Mrs Kalounisig­a said.

The Nau­sori ROC mar­ket had a large turnout on Satur­day with it be­ing their sec­ond op­er­a­tion. “Our Nau­sori Mar­ket space is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent – we have 23 Nau­sori-based ven­dors,” she said. “We have a few from our Suva mar­ket who make the trip to Nau­sori so those who can’t get to the Suva mar­ket have a chance to sam­ple their work.”

Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Cus­tomers at the Nau­sori ROC Mar­ket on July 5, 2020.

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