Altrincham Market transformation 'complete'

Altrincham Market transformation 'complete'

Altrincham Market transformation 'complete'

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THE transformation of Altrincham's Market Quarter is complete, following a £600,000 investment fromTrafford Council.

The regenerative work has included the restoration of the historic Market Hall, as well as the covered and lower market areas.

With improved lighting, electrics, plumbing, ventilation and refurbished toilets, additional repairs within the hall and the introduction of WiFi, owners Market Operations hope the development has created an exciting and attractive new shopping experience.

The Market Hall investment has also seen a new external glazed canopy and entrance lobbies introduced, as well as a new timber floor, furniture and fully refurbished stall fronts and counters.

In addition, the council has supported the relocation of the existing outdoor market to the new market square.

Executive councillor for Economic Growth and Planning, Cllr Michael Hyman, said: “This investment reinforces the council’s continuing commitment to the market.

"This inspirational work has helped establish the market as the new true beating heart of the town.

"I am sure that visitors from near and far will be impressed and captivated by the area.

"By working with Market Operations the council has been able to make sure the area retains the best original features and character, while adapting it to ensure a fit-for-purpose, interesting, adaptable environment for modern day market traders, shoppers and visitors old and new.

"This, together with the commitment of everyone involved and the enthusiasm shown by shoppers to the market hall and town centre, is sure to cement a prosperous future for the area.”

Market Operations director, Nick Johnson, said: “We believe that the re-birth of the market will bring a new energy to the town in the same way that many of the London markets have had in areas such as Borough, Maltby Street and Broadway.

"The project balances this ambition with a brand new square closer to town for Altrincham’s historic, and vitally important, traders”

"With the popular specialist Sunday markets continuing, a whole programme of summer events and activities organised within the market and across the town centre and all the regular traders continuing to welcome customers new and old, the future is extremely bright for Altrincham’s dynamic, contemporary market and wider town.

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2:23pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Blank Frank says...

Good news. The town centre is badly in need of development. The next huge step forward will be the redevelopment of the old hospital site, of which there has been a deafening silence. Does anyone know what the Borough has in mind for this site?

Good luck to Mr. Johnson and his team in his efforts to generate some interest. I have been to a couple of his events and have enjoyed them.
Good news. The town centre is badly in need of development. The next huge step forward will be the redevelopment of the old hospital site, of which there has been a deafening silence. Does anyone know what the Borough has in mind for this site? Good luck to Mr. Johnson and his team in his efforts to generate some interest. I have been to a couple of his events and have enjoyed them. Blank Frank
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10:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ogdens37 says...

the council and nick johnson have waisted thousands of pounds of tax payers money the market is a mess now it has been moved .there were over 40 traders last year . now nick johnson has took over there are about 15 .he hasent got a clue he has moved them from a covered market to a wind tunnel that dosent protect them from the rain and the council dosent care it has took away at least 15 well istablished buisnesses and a good market cafe he thinks it is like london more like blackpool
the council and nick johnson have waisted thousands of pounds of tax payers money the market is a mess now it has been moved .there were over 40 traders last year . now nick johnson has took over there are about 15 .he hasent got a clue he has moved them from a covered market to a wind tunnel that dosent protect them from the rain and the council dosent care it has took away at least 15 well istablished buisnesses and a good market cafe he thinks it is like london more like blackpool ogdens37
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6:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Messcar says...

I had a look at the Market Hall today for the first time and what a surprise it's no longer a Market Hall but a RESTAURANT did we need another RESTAURANT in Altrincham with all the other restaurants around the town !!!!!, no what we needed was a MARKET with STALLS and capable of selling commodities to shoppers. Does Nick Johnson and Trafford Council have any idea how to spend ratepayers money regarding the Market £600,000 of Rate Payers money wasted on a project that is not going to generate a decent return, it will be in direct competition with the many and varied restaurants in and around Altrincham. What was needed in Altrincham was a MARKET like BURY not as big but offering similar trade but instead Nick Johnson and Trafford Council have got rid of Market Traders from the Market Hall and Open Market never to return and those that have stayed are in a WIND TUNNEL and subject to RAIN etc what a disaster the complete exercise is a disaster and rather than attract people to Altrincham Market has turned them away. I'm sure that many people who look at the new refurbished Market Hall and now empty open Market together with the new location Market stalls will sympathise with my comments.
I had a look at the Market Hall today for the first time and what a surprise it's no longer a Market Hall but a RESTAURANT did we need another RESTAURANT in Altrincham with all the other restaurants around the town !!!!!, no what we needed was a MARKET with STALLS and capable of selling commodities to shoppers. Does Nick Johnson and Trafford Council have any idea how to spend ratepayers money regarding the Market £600,000 of Rate Payers money wasted on a project that is not going to generate a decent return, it will be in direct competition with the many and varied restaurants in and around Altrincham. What was needed in Altrincham was a MARKET like BURY not as big but offering similar trade but instead Nick Johnson and Trafford Council have got rid of Market Traders from the Market Hall and Open Market never to return and those that have stayed are in a WIND TUNNEL and subject to RAIN etc what a disaster the complete exercise is a disaster and rather than attract people to Altrincham Market has turned them away. I'm sure that many people who look at the new refurbished Market Hall and now empty open Market together with the new location Market stalls will sympathise with my comments. Messcar
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