Warrington’s market has moved into the building that will be its home until the entire Time Square scheme opens in 2019. The move was a landmark occasion for a couple of reasons; it’s the first building to be completed as part of the Time Square project and also, despite the market being 750 years old, it’s representative of how our market is continuing to evolve and adapt with the times. It’s very much a metaphor for Warrington’s resilient business economy in general.
I was there at the opening on 2 September and it was very reassuring to see shoppers pouring in through the doors and the traders tills ringing. Albeit only in a temporary location, the market looks fabulous, vibrant and refreshed. There is a great mix of old favourite traders – at least four of whom are fourth generation- and new. The food court seating area is already proving a big draw into the building. The market seems to have its old energy and bustle back and this is just a taste of what is to come when the permanent market opens in 2019. If you haven’t visited I’d urge you to pop in and take a look. It’s a great shopping experience.
There’s no show in Warrington without Wolfie who was of course present at the market opening and indeed is now sponsored by Warrington Market. Wolfie’s Warrington Wolves shirt now proudly sports the new Warrington Market logo.
Excitingly the new car park is almost complete and will be open prior to Christmas.
Very soon you’ll see the old market hall start to disappear as our appointed contractor, Vinci, set to work clearing the site and constructing the main elements of the Time Square project; the cinema, restaurants, new council offices and the public square itself. Warrington & Co. helped Vinci host a Meet the Buyer event on 4 September which was an opportunity for small businesses, local suppliers and contracting businesses to meet them with a view to assisting in and working on the project. We had a record turn out with over 300 attending the event and had to split the group into two shifts.