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MARKET TRADER, JULY 19 - AUGUST 1, 2019 CONTENTS 6


FEATURES London Chat


Roger Mills reports on news and events in the nation’s capital


14 18 Market Reflections


Roger Mills’ reflects on current happenings within the markets industry


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NEWS


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Fax: 0161 683 8001 Revamp for market hall


Work has begun on a £3m project to transform a historic market hall in Cheshire, with a planned opening date of summer 2020.


Building work to refurbish and remodel the Grade II listed market hall in Crewe got underway last month as part of a total £50m programme of investment in Crewe town centre. Opening six days a week, with a new commercial operator, the refurbished building will feature high- quality fresh food and independent eateries and retailers, while also featuring pop-up stalls and events.


There will be a regular programme of activities and demonstrations and flexibility for the building to be opened up during the evening for events, entertainment and other themed activities.


Cllr Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “Crewe is a town that’s very much growing and the refurbishment and remodelling of Market Hall will play an important role in the town repositioning itself as a prime leisure and retail destination. “We want to hear from traders who believe in our vision for Market Hall and want to see it, and the town, thrive as much as we do – whether that’s an artisan wanting to retail their products, a sole trader wanting to take the next step, or an established trader looking to expand or relocate to a prime new spot.”


The refurbishment will see the Victorian building’s large archways opened up as entrances and fitted with glazed doors, while external repairs will be made to the brickwork. The interior will undergo


a complete redecoration and remodelling, with the existing stalls replaced with units more in keeping with the building’s rich history, alongside the amenities that modern traders require.


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There will be 22 new permanent stalls, a further 12 regularly-changing pop-up stalls, event space and fully renovated and extended toilet facilities – all complemented by new flooring, electrics, heating and lighting throughout the building.


Cllr Mannion added: “We will shortly be beginning our procurement exercise to find a new operator that shares our vision for Crewe’s markets and the role they will play in


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the town centre’s wider regeneration.


“The operator will be in place well in advance of the Market Hall’s grand opening and be responsible for making sure that it – and the rest of Crewe’s markets – becomes a prized asset in the town once more. “They will work with traders to make sure that


they play an important role in energising the markets and making the most of the town’s events programme. “It will also be the opera- tor’s role to ensure that the markets are well promoted – drawing in customers and spreading the word about everything that is on offer.” T he Market Hall redevelopment project is


part of the Crewe town centre regeneration programme, which is supported by £10m in funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.


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Market Hall scheme will be released by Cheshire East Council as work progresses.


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