Crewe’s historic Market Hall is undergoing an exciting £3m programme of refurbishment – transforming it into a vibrant hub at the heart of this growing town.
It’s part of a total £50m programme of investment to revitalise the Cheshire town and put it back on the map as a prime leisure and retail destination.
With such ambitious plans to breathe new life into the Grade II-listed building – and with a planned opening date of summer 2020 – potential traders are being invited to register their interest in setting up shop inside the Market Hall.
Opening six days a week, with a new commercial operator, the building will be brimming with 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, with flexibility for the building to be opened up during the evening for events, entertainment and other themed activities.
Jez Goodman, strategic regeneration manager (south) at Cheshire East Council – the local authority in charge of the Market Hall – said:
“This is a chance for traders to be part of an exciting new era for the Market Hall, which was opened in 1854, and to take advantage of the town’s major regeneration plans, ideal location and excellent transport links, which make it a prime destination for business.”
“Whether they’re an artisan looking to retail their products, a sole trader who wants to take the next step or a small business looking to expand or relocate to a prime new spot – we encourage people to register their interest in trading in the Market Hall.”
In redeveloping the building, Cheshire East Council wants to offer visitors an enticing mix ofindependent retailers and food and drink businesses that are competitive interms of price, service and quality and make the mostof locally-sourced produce wherever possible.
It’s looking for independent businesses which can provide a range of options for eating and drinking – including ‘dining-in’ in the central seating area and quality products for customers to take home.
Think sumptuous cakes and mouth-watering pizzas, fresh fruit and vegetables and quality meat and fish, delicious coffee and exotic cuisine.
And for products of the non-food variety, the council is looking for traders that can offer something equally as enticing – from hand-crafted gifts, jewellery and homeware, to original artwork, ceramics and beautiful flowers, as well as those that can offer services such as beauty treatments.
“The Market Hall is an impressive Victorian building and, as part of its refurbishment, the interior will undergo a complete redecoration and remodelling. We’ll also be replacing the existing stalls with units more in keeping with the hall’s rich history, alongside the amenities that modern traders require.”
“There will be 22 new permanent stalls available to let and a central area, which will have flexibility to accommodate 12 regularly-changing pop-up stalls – both food retail and non-food retail – and seating or to be used as event space.”
“In addition, there will also be a regular programme of themed events such as cook-offs and demonstrations, as well as exhibitions, ticketed events and community initiatives.”
While on the hunt for an exciting mix of traders, the council will shortly be reviewing the tenders it has received from operators interested in managing the Market Hall and the rest of Crewe’s markets.
The council is looking for someone that shares its ambitious vision for its markets and the role they will play in the town centre’s wider regeneration.
This includes the Royal Arcade redevelopment – a leisure and retail scheme, which will feature a new eight-screen cinema, gym, restaurants and shops, a multi-storey car park and a new bus station. They will all be operational by 2022.
The 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.