St John’s Market in Liverpool city centre will temporarily close this Friday (10 June) to make way for a £2 million makeover.
The new-look site across two floors will feature a wide, light central atrium space, a new seating area, cafes, new public toilets, lifts and WiFi, as well as an increase in stalls from 120 to 140 traders.
The scheme is part of a wider £5m improvement programme in and around the central area.
Work on the market, which will also incorporate space for pop-up specialist markets, is expected to be completed in time for Christmas trading, with new paving and landscaping being installed at a cost of £3m on Parker Street, Elliot Street and Houghton Street.
A previous plan to keep the market open throughout the refurbishment is said to have been withdrawn following consultation with traders due to the potential level of disruption, environmental and health and safety issues.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, says: “St John’s Market has being looking tired and dated for a very long time and it is not a bright or particularly welcoming place to shop
“It still has the feel of the 1970s and is very much in need of modernisation to meet the needs and expectations of today’s shoppers.
“It will see the market transformed into a much more up-to-date, brighter and more airy environment in keeping with current shopping trends.”
Ged James from St John’s Market Traders Association, adds: “We have all faced difficult times in the last few years with a downturn in business.
“We hope it will attract shoppers of all ages, and that it will bring back the feel of the old market in modern surroundings.”