Today saw the announcement that the new Leicester Market Food Hall next to the Corn Exchange is set to open on May 23rd. The glass and timber building which will house eight stalls selling meat, fish and delicatessen produce has been designed to meet the traders’ individual specifications, featuring bespoke food counters that will help keep the fresh produce in optimum condition.
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby commented that “we are now in the finally phases of fitting it out and the traders are beginning the process of moving over here, and on May 23rd customers will be in here and enjoying what is an absolutely stunning addition to the market and a major attraction to Leicester”
Alison Ireland of Sherwin’s Cheese Stall has been on the market since 1977. “the new market is absolutely fabulous, each day its looking better and better, it will be great when we go in, and were all looking forward to it and it will hopefully bring a lot more customers in too.
The new food hall is part of phase one of a £9.2million scheme to transform Leicester’s historic market.
Work on phase two, which is subject to planning permission, could be under way in June, with the old market demolished by early 2015. It is hoped that by summer of 2015 a new square will have replaced the indoor market and an extension to the rear of the Corn Exchange will have been completed.