Over fifty applications have been received from traders wishing to take stalls at Chester’s new indoor market, which is currently under construction and due to open in summer 2022.
The response from both new and existing traders shows the success of the Vision and Manifesto for the new market, developed during a wide-ranging consultation process.
The new market will be at the heart of the £72 million Northgate development currently under construction, which will also include a new 6 screen cinema, cafes and restaurants, a public square, and a multi-story car park.
The Council’s ambitious vision for the new market is to be a ‘modern traditional market’ that compares to the best of the new breed of the thriving city produce markets, combined with communal food hall markets such as that of Altrincham market, to support Chester’s post-pandemic recovery, and attract residents and visitors into the city center.
Applications have been received from produce, goods, services, food and beverage traders. The traders in Chester’s existing market were actively encouraged and supported to apply for space in the new market, with nearly half of the existing traders making an application.
Applications will be assessed by a board comprised of the Council’s Markets Team and external advisers; including local business representatives and specialists with experience in making successful markets in the UK and beyond.
The aim is to provide a diverse and vibrant set of market stalls to meet the needs of residents and visitors, attracting around two million customers a year, and creating a market that rivals the best in the world.
Andrew Lewis, Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council said:
Any traders who are unsuccessful in securing space in the new market will be offered support to locate in other areas of Chester city centre, or in other markets across the borough.
As a result of feedback from traders, the Council simplified the application process and gave existing traders the opportunity to attend two free workshops delivered by West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce. Sessions were targeted to help traders develop their application and offer, impartial advice on financial, marketing, and legal issues.
The Council also extended the closing date by two weeks to allow for more time to submit applications following the workshops. For more information visit the market website https://newchester.market/