The Attractiveness of Open-Air Markets for Shopping in a Large CEE City: The Example of Kraków, Poland
 
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Pedagogical University of Cracow
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Cracow University of Economic
Publication date: 2019-12-12
 
Polish Sociological Review 2019;208(4):493–510
 
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This paper analyzes the condition of open-air markets in Poland, with particular emphasis on Kraków. The authors note that there are a declining number of open-air markets. The size of the markets is also shrinking and there are a decreasing number of stands. Similarly, survey respondents demonstrate less interest in open-ai rmarkets as a shopping destination and significantly increased interest in shopping centers (malls), discount stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets. However, open-air markets have many supporters: in particular, older people appreciate open-air markets, and not only because of the availability of fresh products at a relatively low price. They also appreciate such markets as meeting places. Open-air markets in CEE cities have always played an important commercial role and been witness to the history of these cities. For this reason and also because of the important function they play as unique public spaces, they should be protected and should receive special treatment from the local authorities.
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