The new Chester Market opened its doors to the public this morning, Tuesday, in Exchange Square off Northgate Street.
It follows a sell-out preview weekend; and will be open six days a week and closed on Mondays.
Opening hours will be from 8am to 10pm on Tuesday to Saturday and from 10am to 9pm on Sundays.
The new market replaces the market which had been located in the Forum since it opened in 1967, with around half of the traders making the move to the new market.
The driving force behind the new market has been to create a ‘modern traditional market’ that takes the best of the new breed of thriving city produce markets such as Borough Market in London, or Barcelona market; combined with pioneering communal foodhall markets in Altrincham and Stockholm.
The design of the market was guided by extensive consultation with residents and traders prior to construction to ensure it could be fit for purpose, adaptable and sustainable.
Cutting the ribbon at the opening was Geoff Hughes, who first started working in the old market when he was 14, later setting up Geoff Hughes Family Butchers in 1996, together with his wife Debbie.
Read more at: Chester Standard