Bolton Market’s brand new lifestyle hall will be unveiled tomorrow (Friday, February 14) after a £4.5 million revamp.
And market bosses have organised a two-day Valentine’s treat to encourage everyone ‘to fall in love’ with the transformed market.
At 12pm on Friday, February 14, the new market ambassador, celebrity chef Simon Rimmer will be cooking up a feast in the new food court area, located in the lifestyle hall.
The centrepiece of the multi-million market revamp is the hall, formerly known as the indoor miscellaneous market.
Simon will then join the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Colin Shaw, at 12.45pm to officially open the new-look hall.
Apprentice star Adam Corbally, who started off as a market trader, will also be at the opening to offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
From 11am to 3pm on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, free face painting, balloon artists and jazz band Bourbon Street Roof Raisers will be entertaining shoppers.
On Saturday, there will be a free cookery demonstration by top local chef Jon Jones, chef and managing director at the Farmers Arms in Radcliffe Road. He will be cooking in the food court at 10.30am.
Great Ale Year Round is also holding a ‘meet the brewer’ event with Brightside Brewing from 11am.
Residents are invited to come along and find out more about free health services available at a health fair from 10am to 3pm.
Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor John Byrne, said: “On Friday and Saturday we’re inviting everyone to fall in love with the new Bolton Market as we officially launch the brand new lifestyle hall. There will be family entertainment, music, face painting, tasters and giveaways.
“The market is recognised as the finest food market in the North West due to its ever-popular fish market, and fruit and veg hall. The idea behind the transformation of the indoor miscellaneous hall is to make the market even better and to attract new visitors as well as the traditional market regulars.
“The new food court offers a cosmopolitan range of new food choices from Italian pizza and pasta to African curries and soups. Many of the old favourites that people will remember before the refurbishment are still here too.”
Around a third of the 40 businesses in the lifestyle hall are new, with traders including a micro-pub, Great Ale Year Round, and Nkono, a business serving freshly cooked African food on a banana leaf cone.
Other improvements to the market include a new roof, and the construction of a new outdoor market on New Street. The open market will move from its current location near the bus station to New Street, on the opposite side of the market building. New shuttered units will also be installed in the outdoor market. Outdoor market traders will be operating there from Tuesday, February 18.