One thousand people and counting have signed a petition calling for Eastgate Market to remain where it is.
Plans are afoot to move the market to pave the way for the arrival of discounted brand retailer TK Maxx.
But traders and shoppers have hit out at a proposal to move the market to the upstairs food court at The Eastgate shopping centre.
A petition sheet is being held at every stall in the market – and more than 1,000 people have pledged their support in less than a week.
An online version of the petition has already raised a further 120 signatures too.
Miriam Bubb, spokesman for the traders, who runs the JL and MR Bubb Vacuum Specialists stall, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received.
“This petition is to save the market and to keep it on the flat – we don’t want to go upstairs.
“Other places elsewhere have moved upstairs and it just doesn’t work. The customers don’t want it and without our customers we don’t have a business.
“We’re fighting together as traders with our customers.”
The market boasts 156 traders, most of whom are self-employed.
Mrs Bubb added: “This is a first class market. With 156 traders this place gives a lot of people jobs – more than TK Maxx would.”
Trader Liz Senior said: “A lot of people who use the market are older with mobility scooters or young families with push chairs. They are not going to go upstairs.”
The traders have recently entered negotiations with Gloucester City Council over their future.
City council leader Paul James has vowed to work with them to help find them a new home that they agree with.
But he previously warned: “It is not easy to find an alternative space because it needs a big floor space.”
City council officials visited the market in the last few days to measure the floor space occupied by each retailer.
Karen Merritt, who has signed the online petition, said: “My daughter manages one of the market stalls where she makes a living. Why must small independent traders, bringing individuality to the market place, be replaced by yet another big business making the shopping centre like any other in any other town.”
Robert Harris, from Cinderford, added: “There are plenty of other sites that TK Maxx can move into. Moving the market will destroy the businesses of all that have stalls there.”
The online petition can be viewed at www.change.org by searching for ‘save the Eastgate Market Hall’.