New stalls to add to success of Chester Market

19 August 2019

Chester Market is welcoming nine new local and independent outlets, offering an even greater range of products as well as adding to the excellent variety of food and drink already on offer.

This brings the market to full occupancy with a total of 42 stalls, covering everything from food essentials and new taste experiences to bespoke gifts.

Cheshire West and Chester Council can now reveal the new businesses to be:
  • Vinological - wine shop and delicatessen (now open)
  • Tea Island - a range of loose leaf teas, coffees, canapés and 'teatails' tea based cocktails (now open)
  • Berrisford Barns - specialist plants and flowers (now open)
  • Sans Studio - artist Emily Gerrard producing prints and t-shirts (opening soon)
  • Mark Wigan - artist Mark Wigan specialising in pop art (now open)
  • CH1 Barbers - specialising in shaves, fades and Afro-Caribbean (opening soon)
  • Liquor 2 Lips - craft spirit merchant (opening soon)
  • Vinyl Ritchie - vinyl listening booth (opening soon)
  • Vegan restaurant (opening soon)
The new food and drink stalls will provide even more choice for lunch, a take-away treat or at the popular Foodie Friday event. With so many taste experiences it's a great reason for visitors to come back again and again.

There is something for everyone. The vegan restaurant will join Italian, Thai and Caribbean specialities as well as street food, a taco bar, artisan breads and a traditional British market café. Specialist teas, carefully selected wines and craft spirits will complement the craft beer tap room and bottle shop.

Adding to the unique shopping experience will be local artists, a comic shop, flowers and plants and a barber shop making Chester Market the place to head to for every occasion.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: "Chester Market is amazing, it has become a real hub for the city and a popular new destination for visitors. It's all down to the vision of the markets team, the traders and the local residents who believed in its revival and they have worked hard together to make the place what it is today.

"The arrival of these new traders will mean that there is even more offer, with the market providing a fantastic selection of local produce, everyday essentials, special gifts and delicious dining options.

"As we look towards the future, it's exciting to think about the possibilities for the new market building in the Northgate development. This is a real opportunity for everyone to work together and to take everything we love about Chester Market to the next level."

In the last two years Chester Market has been transformed, gaining a fantastic reputation locally. Visitor numbers have increased by over 20 per cent from last year and with the new additions and some new seasonal events being planned, this upward trend is set to continue.

The regeneration of Northgate will build on the success of both Chester Market and Storyhouse. There have been 1.95 million visitors to Storyhouse since it opened in 2017 and the market is currently attracting around 17,000 visitors a week. With a choice of leisure attractions by day and night, Chester Northgate is set to attract even more people and help to revitalise Chester city centre.

Chester Market is within the Forum Shopping Centre. It is open Monday to Thursday and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm. The market is open until 9pm for Foodie Friday.

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