Crewe’s Grade II-listed Crewe Market Hall has welcomed back shoppers and traders after reopening following an extensive £3m refurbishment!.
It is now home to a range of independent local businesses, a central seating area with a stage, which will be used as part of the Market Hall’s exciting calendar of events.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan welcomed the re-opening.
He said: “What better way to enjoy the new relaxations on hospitality starting this week and give a vote of confidence to our town? “I would encourage everyone to give it a try. Maybe you haven’t been into Crewe town centre for a while. But change is coming and this might just be what you need to be tempted back in. Good luck to all the traders on their first week!”
CEC’s Regeneration Officer described that;
“Clearing out a lot of the old fabric of the building, renovating it which was sympathetic with the heritage of true building, but also modern, and more commercially viable offer is part of what we’ve tried to do here”.
Everyone at the Market Hall is hoping that the next stage of the government's roadmap on June 21 will enable capacity to be expanded. Several events have already been planned ahead of that key date based on social distancing rules. Covid-19 security remains paramount and so at the moment all visitors must be seated which limits capacity. As restrictions lift, the Market Hall will be able to operate less formally.
Cllr Janet Clowes (Conservative Group Leader) further explained;
“This project has been four years in the making and the transformation is the latest part of Cheshire East Council's wider regeneration programme, developed by the previous Conservative administration and which over the past six years has seen the restoration of the Lyceum Theatre, the Lifestyle Centre (with its new childcare and social care provisions, new library, swimming pool and sport and fitness facilities), and (working with partners) the development of the University Technical College.”
”This project offers a refreshing and vibrant new approach for smaller independent businesses that will be vital for our post-Covid recovery. It was lovely to hear the excitement and enthusiasm of the new business operators and like Dr Mullan, we wish them every success in their new ventures”