The first announcements on traders taking stalls in the new Darley Street Market will be made in September, after it was revealed over 260 have expressed their interest.
Under construction at the former Marks & Spencer site, the £23m new market is expected to open its doors in September 2023. After the demolition side of the development was completed earlier this year, work to construct the modern market building is now well underway, with a lift shaft emerging from the rubble and huge cranes now a regular sight on Darley Street.
The council is calling for any businesses interested in setting up in the market to come forward, with one councillor saying the interest already shown is “a positive sign of confidence in the new market.”
The market is one of the biggest regenerations schemes in the city centre. It will have three trading floors, specialising in non-food, fresh and hot foods, a 500 seat food court surrounded by 13 food and drink vendors, a new public square with space for outdoor trading and public events, balcony area and stage for entertainment.
The market will be open until the early evening to boost the city’s night time economy. Once the new market is completed the other two city markets, Oastler Market and Kirkgate Market in the Kirkgate Centre, will shut. Oastler will be demolished to make way for a new “city village” residential scheme.
The new market is partly funded by the Government’s Getting Building Fund. A council spokesman said: “Demand has been strong – to date the council has received over 260 expressions of interest from potential traders wanting to operate in the new market. These and others are now invited to formally apply.
“Interested retailers should visit www.bradfordmarkets.com for further information on how to apply.”
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We’re excited to announce the launch of our application process to trade in our new flagship market. It’s encouraging to see there’s real enthusiasm from a wide range of potential traders for the opportunity to be part of Darley Street Market.
“The response from potential retailers in registering their interest is a positive sign of retailer confidence in the new market and the city centre. We are looking for passionate independent retailers who represent the best of Bradford district and beyond who can share our vision for the market and offer high quality goods and services in order to make it one of the best markets in the North of England.”
“We expect to announce the first successful applications in September.”