New shop at temporary stop .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - Vendors of Istanbul’s symbolic bazaar set up their stalls in the new location of Fikirtepe neighborhood Tuesday. Salı Pazarı (Tuesday Bazaar) with its parking area, toilets and security guards, was visited by many customers. While people shopped at the bazaar’s new home, some vendors set up stalls in the old location to protest the move

Istanbul’s 64-year-old bazaar set up in its new location in the Fikirtepe neighborhood Tuesday.

Vendors of the Salı Pazarı (Tuesday Bazaar) set up stalls in the new, temporary location and once construction of the market’s new location, the "Kuşdili Pazar Alışveriş ve Eğlence Merkezi," a market and entertainment complex, is finished the Salı Pazarı will move in.

The new market area will have space for 4,000 stalls and was designed by architect Hakan Kıran. The present location of the bazaar has a parking area, toilets and security guards. The market is divided into parcels and each vendor’s patch has been given a number. A recreational area with paths for walking and cycling will be constructed around the complex.

Chairman of the Sellers Trade Corporation of Istanbul’s Anatolian side, Hurşit Aydın, said the change would be good for traders at the Salı Pazarı, although most vendors said the market would not draw as many customers to it as before.

Rumors about the bazaar facing closure
"The bazaar is historic, but we suffered a lot and faced many problems in the old location," said Aydın. He said he was distressed about rumors the bazaar was facing closure and about vendors setting up stands in the old location. He said vendors felt at ease in their new location, "We believe this place has promise," said Aydın.

"If the number of markets increases, being a vendor may start to be viewed as a profession," stated Aydın and added, "There will be education seminars held in the conference hall, which is part of the market place. We now have the chance to make up for deficiencies previously faced by vendors."

Cemal Yanar, 48, has had a stall for 30 years in the Salı Pazarı. Yanar, who taught his son, Okan, 23, the business, said they thought most of their old customers would not visit the bazaar in its new location, but after setting up they had changed their minds, as many people had come to shop. The father and son also said the idea of private buses to take customers to the market from various neighborhoods was good.

"This market is very clean, nicely designed and properly organized," said Turgut Özyağcı, who has been a market vendor for 28 years. Although some of his co-workers were negative about the market’s relocation, Özyağcı said the present location would be popular among shoppers in a few months time.

Having worked as a vendor from a young age, Kadir Erden said the Fikirtepe neighborhood had previosuly been just building plots, but now the land had become valuable. "Having a market place on valuable land that is clean and modern is nice," he said.

Most of the customers who shopped this week at the Salı Pazarı in its new location had said they liked the cleanliness of the market place and that they had felt safe because of the security cameras. The market is likely to have a positive affect on urban transformation in the Fikirtepe neighborhood.

Tension in bazaar’s old place
Although many customers of the Salı Pazarı visited the market in its new location and most vendors were happy with the new location, there were some vendors who did not set up their stalls.

While the symbolic Salı Pazarı opened in its new home, some vendors set up stalls in the old location. Vendors who did not want the bazaar to move to Fikirtepe and who attempted to continue as before were stopped by municipal police. The vendors then began protesting, shaking the stalls and their shoes. Some of them kicked the shuttle buses that came to Kadıköy to take customers to the new market site. The police scattered the vendors with pepper spray.