A FLOWER seller who claims shopping centre bosses robbed him of his livelihoood says he is resigned to the fact he will not be returning to Spalding.
More than 1,000 loyal customers signed a petition supporting Mr Markillie after he was booted off his prime pitch at Spalding’s Holland Market amid claims that complaints had been made that his stall was untidy.
Bosses also said Mr Markillie was paying well below the going rate for the pitch after not having a rent increase for the five years he had been there and offered the pitch to another flower seller instead.
Mr Markillie, who lives in Holbeach St Johns, said: “They promised me they would offer me another pitch, but they had no intention of making me a serious offer.
“I’ve also been in touch with the council but they can’t offer me a pitch anywhere so that’s the end of it. I won’t be selling my flowers in Spalding for the forseeable future.”
Mr Markillie is now hoping to keep his loyal customers happy by providing a local delivery service and selling his range of flowers, potted plants and wreaths at car boot sales.
He said: “I have been handing out fliers advertising what I offer and have been out in the van delivering, but I can only cover the local area because of the cost of fuel.
“My customers have been brilliant but I don’t think even the petition can help me now.”