Historic market set for new start

Historic market set for new start

One of Britain’s oldest indoor markets is to re-open next month after a £2.5m revamp.

Dating back to 1822, St Johns Market in Liverpool city centre has been given a radical makeover – complete with a new event space, a welcome team, and free wi-fi.

The renovation, which began in June, has also allowed the historic market to grow by a third from 90 to approximately 120 stalls.

Liverpool City Council, which has overseen the works and recently bought back control of all city markets in a £1 deal, has announced the market will re-open for business on Monday, November 14.

Its opening will coincide with the completion of a £3.5m upgrade by the city council to the public realm surrounding the market, in and around Clayton Square, including a tree lined walkway.

The new St Johns Market, which will be home to a purpose-built food court, will also include flexible space for temporary events and speciality markets and a new design.

St Johns Market, which last had a refit in 1971 and was reopened by The Queen, will also be staffed by with an information desk for the first time in its history.

In the New Year, the city council will relocate its One Stop Shop from the Municipal Buildings into the market adding further footfall to the venue.

Councillor Malcom Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "St Johns Market has been totally transformed – people will simply not recognise the place.

"But the changes are not just physical, a lot of time and planning is going into how the market is animated and promoted and, critically, how the customer experience is improved.

"The Traders Association have a key role to play in making St Johns a warm, welcoming and friendly shopping environment and I know they are aiming to set the bar very high.’’

Ged James, chairman of St Johns Market Traders Association, who has traded at the market since 1995, added: "We’ve had a sneak peek and really like what we’ve seen. It’s a huge improvement on the old market.

"We can’t wait to get back in and start trading again and welcoming old and new customers to St Johns.

"We’re also really looking forward to working with the new traders and making the market a vibrant retail destination in Liverpool."

 

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