First traders to open in new Chester market revealed

The first allotment stalls for the new purpose-built market hall at the heart of the Northgate development in Chester have been revealed.

Twenty-two stalls have been contracted – or are being offered to trade – in Chester’s new market when it opens in October.

Six other traders, including other current and new market traders, are in the process of completing their leases according to Cheshire West and Chester Council revealed.

Fifteen of the stalls announced in the first round will move from the existing market to the new site at the heart of the new Northgate development.

They include Bookingham Palace, NiceBites, Vinyl Ritchie, MRKT Café, Jap Tech (phone repair), Geoff Hughes Family Butchers, Purely Pots (plants), Thai by Thai (Thai street food), The Sandbar (seafood shack) , My Trophy Dog (pet store), Pastry Pedaleur (gourmet pastries) and Guroma (Bangladeshi street food); with some traders taking up more than one stall.

Seven stalls will be opened by new-to-market traders, all small independent businesses, including a new hub and satellite bar operated by iKO Ventures, pizza specialist The Mercato Pizza Company, Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Bean & Cole, cheese-based street food Cheesy Bandits and opticians Pop Specs.

The Council will also seek tenants for the remaining stalls in the new market; any potential trader wishing to be considered should contact Marketplace Rental Agents, Barker Proudlove via Jessica Swain’s email: [email protected] As more leases are completed, more details about the traders will be announced.

Bean & Cole Nicole and Ian McArdle

Councilor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, said:

“There is a lot of interest in the new Chester market so I am delighted that we are now able to make our first trader announcement – ​​they represent a fantastic mix of current traders and new expertise. The New Market’s vision has always been to create a modern traditional market, a stunning new home for local independent businesses and creative entrepreneurs.

“Many existing merchants will transition to the new market and sell familiar local produce, a wide range of goods and services, and the high-quality food and drink we all enjoy, all built around new and unique common spaces in the heart of our city.

Current merchants moving to the new marketplace include:

Bookingham Palace and Vinyl Ritchie are two long-standing and much-loved stalls within the existing market run by Richard Newton for the past six years.

Richard said, “I’m proud to be a cultural hub for the city with patrons from all walks of life who share their unique tastes in music and literature with me; being able to offer personalized service to every customer in the new market will be a great privilege and I can’t wait for it to open its doors.

Richard Newton

Jap Tech owner Munawar Hussain is excited to move his phone and gadget repair stall to the new market. Munawar said: “We will continue to quickly repair and unlock phones and gadgets, ranging from new screens to batteries, all types of replacement cables, as well as laptop and console repairs and accessories. of games, all with excellent customer service and no repairs – free of charge.”

Purely Pots is a plant paradise, large and small, familiar and exotic, on the market for over two years; catering for all types of plant lovers.

The encyclopedic knowledge of Lisa Dean and her colleagues encourages and guides their clients in finding and nurturing their perfect plant.

Lisa said: “We strongly believe that plants benefit our well-being, reducing stress and anxiety. Caring for plants promotes mindfulness, living in the moment, which is essential for our health and happiness.

Geoff Hughes has worked in Chester Market since he was 14, then set up Geoff Hughes Family Butchers in 1996, with his 39-year-old wife, Debbie. Geoff said: “We are delighted to be able to move into the new building, as Chester Market begins a whole new chapter in what I think is a very proud history; we look forward to welcoming all of our current customers and gaining new ones when we open.

Stephanie Peters only opened Pastry Pedaleur in today’s market last year, but has already built a stellar reputation for her French-inspired artisanal gourmet pastries and desserts. Former Chester Grosvenor pastry chef Stephanie said: “I am so delighted to have been offered a place in the new market, it will give me the opportunity to expand the range of cakes and pastries on offer. and look forward to adding to the diversity and delights of Chester and helping to create a unique dining destination not to be missed.

Lisa Dean

New traders who have confirmed their stand leases in the new market include:

The central, smaller satellite bar will be operated by iKO Projects, an experienced Chester-based operator of three other bars in the city – Liquor & Co., Craft & Company and The Cabinet Club. Ian Gordon, Founder of iKO, said: “The development of Northgate has taken many years and expectations from Chester are high; we look forward to bringing a fantastic bar offering to the heart of the new market and working with all traders to provide a truly unique service and quickly establish the market as the best it can be.

Pizzas for the new market will be supplied by Mercato Pizza Co, owned by Rick Feery who has many years of experience running a mobile pizzeria and was previously a chef at a major Italian catering company. Rick said: ‘We can’t wait to open in Chester Market after serving our pizzas at food markets in Cheshire, we’ll be creating the most amazing Neapolitan pizzas with exciting new toppings using traditional methods and using the ingredients cooler premises whenever possible. ”

BoucherGeoff Hughes

Well-known Chester coffee experts Bean & Cole are set to expand to open their second outlet in the new market and provide a specialty espresso and drip coffee bar. The family business of Nicole and Ian McArdle has been trading in Frodsham Street for over three years. Nicole said: At Bean & Cole we have a passion for connecting with people, our passion is built on lasting relationships, bringing people together through great coffee and we look forward to providing a little piece of happiness to the daily routine of people in the new market. .”

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream will open an ice cream and pudding parlor in the new market to expand their business based near Tattenhall, where they have been making their ice creams since 1986. Ed Warrington said: ‘We look forward to offering a huge range of our real dairy ice creams, our fruit sorbets and our vegan ice creams as well as our hot and cold puddings as well as our milkshakes made with our own ice cream, the new market will be a fantastic addition to our business portfolio.

Pop-Specs will open a unique concept of opticians to the new market, with an emphasis on competitive prices and fast delivery, as well as pleasure. Aiming to provide customers with a style consultation to select a frame design, lens recommendations, and within twenty minutes have their new glasses ready to be fitted. The brainchild of Daniel Barnes who has over twenty years experience in the optical industry, Daniel said: “We are really looking forward to opening Pop Specs in Chester and building on the success of our store in Manchester, to deliver stylish instant eyewear and transform the way people buy their prescription eyewear.

JapTech Munawar Hussain

To apply for a place on the new marketplace, traders were asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of their trading history or provide an optional business plan. Each entry was scored against a set of criteria including their experience, marketing strategy and commercial viability.

The evaluation committee was made up of the Council’s markets team and external advisors – some with nationally recognized expertise in developing markets as well as local independent business representation. The Council is required by law to obtain the best value for money in all its real estate transactions and this careful process has helped to meet this obligation.

For unsuccessful traders, individual feedback was offered on their application. Through its Business Support, Property and Markets teams, the Council also offers support to any trader who has not wished to apply for a stand in the new market and helps them plan for their future beyond. the closure of the existing market when the new market opens. .

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