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New city centre market on course to open in July

City of Wolverhampton's new city centre market is on course to open as planned on Tuesday 17 July.

Arrangements are also being finalised for a spectacular official opening event four days' later.

The city council is relocating the market from its current Market Square base, where traders will operate from for the final time on Saturday 30 June.

Southside will be its new home, where it will boast 20 cabins and 48 stalls, fronting Cleveland Street.

It will offer the flexibility to trade from bigger cabins, event space, a secure site with measures in place to combat hostile vehicles while still allowing access for traders to load and unload, CCTV, integrated lighting and power, free WiFi, canopy covered walkways, offices, customer toilets, and comprehensive parking and storage facilities.

The new market will also provide increased footfall from the Wulfrun Centre and transport Interchange, as well as situating the market in a student catchment area.

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: "We are delighted to confirm the new city centre market will open on 17 July.

"The current market traders have been accommodated and we expect occupancy at the new market to be close to 100% once it is open.

"The addition of new traders will provide a more varied range of sales lines to differentiate it from a traditional market offer.

"The new market, partly funded by the sale of Market Square as part of the Westside scheme, has loads of potential - and we want this to be the people's market, where events are also encouraged.

"It will prove a major asset to the city centre."

The market move will see 48 tented stalls and 16 purpose-built cabins transferred from Market Square.

The Market Square location is to be absorbed into the new £55 million leisure-led Westside development by developer Urban&Civic.

This will deliver a multi screen cinema, restaurants, bars, hotel, multi-storey car park, apartments, and public realm to the heart of the city centre, in two phases, over five years.

The city centre market is one of 3 markets in Wolverhampton, with Bilston and Wednesfield markets also popular places to shop.

For details on opening times visit Markets.

Anyone wishing to apply for a stall at the new city centre market should email markets@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

New market shaping up as canopies go on
New market shaping up as canopies go on

An artist’s impression of the completed market
An artist’s impression of the completed market

  • released: Wednesday 27 June, 2018