Cllr Kevin Peel with a market trader in the NQ on Small Business Saturday
3 month pilot for a new market in the Northern Quarter following requests by local councillors.
A new monthly market is coming to Stevenson Square from March following calls by local councillors.
The market, run by the operators of Levenshulme Market, will be piloted in March, April and May. The focus of the market will be for local, independent traders, with the stalls marketed first to existing Northern Quarter businesses, and then to other independent traders from across Manchester.
The aims of the market are:
- To strengthen and support the retail offer in the NQ
- To increase the reputation of the NQ as a place to go for retail and cultural activities
- To provide opportunities for independent traders from across Manchester
- To provide an additional community event for local and Manchester residents
The markets are intended to sell a range of goods which would complement the existing Northern Quarter offer - eg fresh food produce (as there are currently no major outlets in the Northern Quarter), vintage, crafts and books.
Cllr Kevin Peel, who called for the market earlier this year, said:
"I'm delighted that following our request Manchester Markets assessed the viability and determined that the Northern Quarter is a perfect spot for a new market.
"I hope to see lots of local traders sign up and for the market to become a regular fixture to bring more people into the Northern Quarter to do their shopping with local small businesses."
The first market will take place in Stevenson Square on Sunday 15th March.