St Johns Market to re-open next month following £2.5m revamp

St Johns Market will re-open next month following its £2.5 million revamp, complete with a new event space, welcome desk and free public Wi-Fi.

The market, one of the oldest of its kind in Britain having opened in 1822, has also grown from 90 to approximately 120 stalls as a result of the redevelopment.

Liverpool City Council, which recently took back control of the city’s markets in a £1 deal, has announced that the refreshed St Johns Market will open to the public on 14 November.

The reopening will coincide with the local authority’s £3.5m upgrade to the public realm surrounding the market, in and around Clayton Square, including a tree-lined walkway.

The market’s new features include a flexible space for temporary events and speciality markets, new seating areas for up to 200 people, new lifts to the balcony level, new public toilets and a welcome desk for the first time in its history.

Cllr Malcolm Kennedy inspecting plans for newlook St Johns Market

Cllr Malcolm Kennedy inspecting plans for new-look St Johns Market

Councillor Malcom Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, says: “St Johns Market has been totally transformed – people will simply not recognise the place.

“But the changes are not just physical, a lot of time and planning is going into how the market is animated and promoted and, critically, how the customer experience is improved.

“The Traders Association have a key role to play in making St Johns a warm, welcoming and friendly shopping environment and I know they are aiming to set the bar very high.’’

A series of events will be held at the market in the run up to Christmas to showcase the new look surroundings and the council will move its One Stop Shop there in 2017 to further boost footfall.

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