Traders from Barnsley's Meat and Fish Market are looking forward to moving into the brand-new home for Barnsley Market on Friday 31 August. This will be the first official opening under The Glass Works regeneration scheme, with a formal opening taking place on Saturday 1 September.
As part of The Glass Works – the 3.8-hectare town centre regeneration scheme funded by Barnsley Council, the old Metropolitan Centre has been completely transformed and will now become the proud new home of the town's iconic markets. The contemporary new food produce hall will boast 15 units on the ground floor.
On Friday 31 August, six of the market's existing food traders will move in, including three butchers – Barkers Butchers, Keith's Quality Meats and Morley Meats, two fishmongers – Tom Hall Fishmonger and Joseph Cliffe Fishmonger, and one deli – Deli Butcher. Advanced discussions are also taking place with a further four new food traders, who will move in over the coming months, including Unit 12 – the largest unit available.
It's business as usual at the temporary markets, which will remain in place and open until the end of October, before the non-food traders then also switch over to the new market hall on Saturday 3 November.
One big change is the extension of the opening hours, with the new market open from 8:30am-5pm and will now also be opening on Thursdays.
Current market trader Barrie Bennett from the Deli Butcher, believes the move will allow him to expand his business.
"My new stall in Barnsley Markets is double the size, allowing me to add new products and more variation for our shoppers", explained Barry.
"I am delighted that Barnsley Council are upgrading the market and taking us into a 21st century facility. I truly believe it will be the best market around and everything about it is spot on. Keeping us in the same location and giving us six days to trade was very important and I am now hugely excited about the future."
Paul Bates, owner of Keith's Quality Meats, is also looking forward to starting a new chapter.
"I have been a Barnsley market trader for 36 years and this is a massive moment for us", said Paul.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to continue to serve customers new and old in our new location. With a larger unit we are now able to open six days week and offer a wider range of products to shoppers."
The food market will be opened by the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Steve Green, and the Leader of the Council, Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, on Saturday 1 September. There will be live entertainment and promotions throughout the day, plus an opportunity to enjoy The Glass Works virtual reality experience.
Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, commented: "The move of the Meat and Fish Market is a major milestone in the town centre regeneration scheme.
"We have always had an outstanding market built on quality food and tradition, and people come from far and wide to visit us. Barnsley Market will continue to remain the focal point of our town centre and we are excited to see our traders move into their newly-refurbished home. It is a brilliant modern venue and one that we can all be proud of."