On Saturday 2 September Warrington’s Market moved into its temporary home, the first completed building in the Time Square project.
Celebrations commenced at 9.30 am with a ribbon cutting by Warrington’s Mayor Cllr Les Morgan accompanied by former Market Trader Mrs Josie Butterworth who had recently retired having worked at the market for 65 years.
An estimated 10,000 customers visited the market on the opening day. A programme of entertainment took place throughout the morning by Pete Pinnington Presents which included face painting, music and entertainment.
The ambitious Time Square regeneration project will open in full in 2019 and will incorporate a brand new bespoke market that that will front onto Bridge Street and incorporate the historic Grade II listed façade of the former Boots Building. Other elements of the £130 million scheme will include a 1160 space multi storey car park which is nearing completion and will be open before Christmas this year, a 13 screen Cineworld cinema with Superscreen, family friendly restaurants, new Council Offices and a new public square.
The 750 year old multi-award winning market is a vibrant mix of traders old and new. Some businesses have traded in the market for over a century.
Leader of Warrington Borough Council Cllr Terry O’Neill, said ‘This is a fabulous and historic day in Warrington’s history as our Time Square development takes a leap forward. Warrington Market has been an integral part of Warrington’s trade for the past 750 years and the temporary home for the market is vibrant and exciting. If you haven’t been down to the market come down it’s a superb shopping experience’.