A celebration to mark the official reopening of Bolton Market
following a £4.5 million refurbishment will take place on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15.
A new ‘lifestyle’ hall, formerly known as the indoor miscellaneous market, will take centre stage with a third of the 40 businesses being new to the market.
Newcomers to the hall include Great Ale Year Round, a micropub venture, The Coffee Grinder, a coffee bean company and Plantation Flowers, a business selling unique tropical flowers.
Trade will begin in the new hall from Tuesday, January 21 with some of the stalls being up and running.
However, work to the hall is still underway and will be completed in time for the official opening in February.
A brand new layout has also been introduced with wooden benches and seating set up in a central ‘food court’ area. There will be more choice for foodies with new stalls selling everything from healthy smoothies to African curries and piegatta - an Italian folded bread made with olive oil and served with a choice of fillings.
The market has remained open as usual throughout the redevelopment work, with indoor traders located in temporary units to allow the hall to be revamped.
A number of the temporary units will no longer be operational from Tuesday, January 21 as traders will be moving back in to the new hall. Shoppers are being advised that there will be some disruption as traders move stock over to their new units and finish fitting out their stalls.
The refurbished hall is all part of a £4.5 million redevelopment of Bolton Market. Other improvements that are taking place and which will be complete in time for the official launch include the construction of a new outdoor market. The open market will move from its current location to New Street - on the opposite side of the market building – closer to the planned Transport Interchange. New shuttered units will also be installed in the outdoor market.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The market plays a vital role in the regeneration of Bolton. It is one of our main shopping destinations and I’m really pleased that work on the new hall, which will make our market even better, is nearing an end.
“From January 21st people will have the chance to get a feel for the place, meet some of the new traders and see what new products are available, as well as being able to find their old favourites.
“We’re hoping to attract new visitors as well as the traditional market regulars. When all the work is complete the redevelopment will be a fantastic addition to Bolton.”
Bolton Market opened in the 1930s and is one of Britain’s oldest food markets. The market is already a popular shopping destination locally and regionally, welcoming up to three million visitors a year including around 300 coach visits.
The market has a growing reputation as the premier food market in the north of England. The two fresh food halls offer everything from exotic fruit and vegetables, Mediterranean delis, locally sourced meats and cheeses to the region’s best outlet for fresh fish.
It has won a number of awards including Best Food Market in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2011; Best Indoor Market 2010; and Tourism Retailer of the Year 2009.
The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.