Barnsley Market Hall almost full ahead of November opening

Over 80 stalls set to be occupied in The Glass Works for first day of trading

Over 80 stalls are set to be occupied in the new Barnsley Market Hall ahead of its opening on Friday 2 November.

Traders are busy preparing for the move into The Glass Works following the hugely successful move of meat and fish traders into the Barnsley Market Food Hall at the start of September.

And today, Barnsley Council is delighted to announce that almost all of the stalls in the market will be occupied on the first day of trading with the remainder opening over the next few months.

Fifty-three stalls will set up on the ground floor of the market on opening day with others moving in before the end of the year.

Upstairs, 32 of the 40 units will be occupied. The remaining eight are set to be let before the end of the year.

The opening of Barnsley Market Hall – a momentous occasion in the market’s rich history – will take place on May Day Green on Friday 2 November with an official opening a day later on Saturday 3 November. The first exciting details about the occasion can now be revealed.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, will ring the traditional market bell after a speech from Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton.

We’ll be celebrating the history of Barnsley Market with your market memories – while there will also be family entertainment, promotions, competitions and special guest appearances.

The move of market traders into the new Market Hall represents a huge milestone in The Glass Works project.

Traders from Market Parade will leave their temporary home underneath the multi-storey car park after trading on Saturday 20 October. May Day Green Market will remain open until Saturday 27 October.

They will move into the new Market Hall - a bright, modern and spacious market setting more akin to a department store. The new market will also feature extended opening hours and Thursday openings.

Meanwhile, market cafes are preparing to move into Market Kitchen later in the month with more details on the move and flagship food court to be announced soon.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The opening of Barnsley Market Hall will be a fantastic occasion. We’re extremely excited to welcome the traders into The Glass Works and right back into the heart of Barnsley town centre.

“The redevelopment of our town centre is built around our famous market. Barnsley has had a market since 1249; it’s what we’re famous for and that’s why the new market is at the centre of The Glass Works. People from far and wide will want to visit the famous Barnsley Market and celebrate what’s sure to be a fantastic next chapter in its rich history.

“I want to urge local people to come out and support our brilliant market traders in the Market Hall and Food Hall, both for the opening and moving forward into the future.”

Following the market’s move into The Glass Works, the temporary building on May Day Green will be dismantled and sold on, while Market Parade will come down with the multi-storey car park in January.

The opening of Barnsley Market Hall – together with the Food Hall – is part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of Barnsley town centre, which includes The Glass Works, markets, public realm, Library @ The Lightbox and Market Gate Bridge.

You can follow all the latest updates on social media by following #BarnsleyMarket and #MarketGeneration on social media and by visiting Barnsley.gov.uk/markets.

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