Harborough’s market will continue to trade in temporary locations during the refurbishment of the Market Hall, Harborough District Council has confirmed.
Work on a £410,000 scheme to improve the Northampton Road hall is due to start in January, with the building expected to be closed for just over three months while the project is completed.
While the work is going on the indoor market stallholders will trade from The Square in Harborough, and the Sunday antiques market will relocate to The Assembly Rooms at Welland Park Academy in Welland Park Road.
Plans for the Market Hall building include creating a dedicated food hall, a new layout with more flexible use of space, redeveloping the toilets so they are accessible from inside the venue, improving the lighting, creating more inviting entrances, and installing better signage.
Cllr Paul Bremner, finance and assets portfolio holder, said: “It is great for traders, shoppers and the economy of the town that the market continues while the Market Hall building is transformed into an improved place for shoppers and stallholders. Once the work is complete, stallholders will be able to move back into a much-improved market building.”
Simon Mayers, who runs his business Crumbs! at the indoor market, said: “We are looking forward to it and hopefully it will attract more people. We’re very happy the market will remain open during the refurbishment and are hopeful it will continue to flourish.
“We are excited about being in The Square as we will have a captive audience. We are a young company and have only been going for a year so business is slowly building and will continue to build in the new Market Hall - all our thoughts are positive.”
To find out more about the Market Hall redevelopment visit www.harborough.gov.uk/market