New-look Bolton Market to re-open to public tomorrow

New-look Bolton Market to re-open to public tomorrow

Daniel and Gina Buck of Great Ale Year Round

Cllr John Byrne, front, with stallholders, back from left, Adam Adam, Dan and Gina Buck, Vinny Talwar, Tony and Joanne Crompton and Jane McLaren. Front Melissa and Nigel Lyons

Tony and Joanne Crompton of Card Magic

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A YEAR of suffering out in the cold will come to an end tomorrow for a group of market traders.

Bolton Market’s new indoor hall opens to the public for the first time, ending a 12-month exile in the outdoor market for traders of non-food items.

About 30 per cent of the traders will be new to the market.

Bolton Council chiefs have attracted stalls selling exotic plants and coffee, as well as a real ale pub to help boost the market’s appeal.

As part of the £4.5 million revamp, the roofs of the eastern hall, fish market and fruit and vegetable room have been refurbished, while indoor food stalls and a seating area have been added.

Jane McLaren, who owns a footwear stall, said: “The last year has been very hard, although we have a group of clients who are quite established, so we managed just about.

“I think it’s fabulous, I love it. Everybody who is here is so excited and enthusiastic. This is a massive injection of life into the market.”

Tony and Joanne Crompton are delighted to be returning indoors to reopen the greetings stall they have run at the market for 30 years.

Mr Crompton said: “We’re getting our old plot back in the same place.

“They last did some work here in 1993 and this is how it should have been done then.

“It is so much cleaner and brighter.”

New stalls include The Coffee Grind which is being opened by Nigel Lyons and his teenage daughter Melissa.

It will serve 10 types of ground coffee, as well as the coffee beans and equipment for people wanting to make coffee at home.

The stall will also put on workshops.

Former lorry driver Mr Lyons said: “We are fed up with the selection of coffee available at the supermarkets.

“We just decided to put everything we had into it. We looked at shops in Bolton, but as a new business finding somewhere that is affordable is impossible.”

A different addition will be a real ale bar run by Daniel and Gina Buck.

Great Ale Year Round will stock ales and ciders from local micro-breweries, available in bottles to take away or in pints to drink on the spot.

Mr Buck said: “Both of us have worked in pubs before and we just thought this would be a great next step.

“A lot of people are using markets at the moment and it is a really natural thing to stop off for a quick pint while you are out shopping.

“The market looks great and will be perfect for us with the amount of passing trade.”

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10:04am Mon 20 Jan 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

looking forward to it.
looking forward to it. johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 13

10:39am Mon 20 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

good luck to everyone who trades there - and of course to us who will shop there/
good luck to everyone who trades there - and of course to us who will shop there/ oftbewildered2
  • Score: 14

5:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

heaton watcher says...

The old market was excellent. This looks as if it will be BRILLIANT!
The old market was excellent. This looks as if it will be BRILLIANT! heaton watcher
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Mon 20 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

From the sound of it the council have done us proud. Well done to all concerned and the best of luck to all the traders, new and old. I will certainly be spending a few bob with you!
From the sound of it the council have done us proud. Well done to all concerned and the best of luck to all the traders, new and old. I will certainly be spending a few bob with you! The Running Man
  • Score: 12

8:06pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Andy Higham says...

New look market? The foyer they have built at the New street side looks like a prson exercise yard
New look market? The foyer they have built at the New street side looks like a prson exercise yard Andy Higham
  • Score: -8

9:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Andy Higham wrote:
New look market? The foyer they have built at the New street side looks like a prson exercise yard
I must say I agree with you on this.

Overall I think it will be very good, and all being well I can drop in Tuesday afternoon.

Let's hope it's a roaring success! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: New look market? The foyer they have built at the New street side looks like a prson exercise yard[/p][/quote]I must say I agree with you on this. Overall I think it will be very good, and all being well I can drop in Tuesday afternoon. Let's hope it's a roaring success! :-) wsw69
  • Score: 0

8:58am Tue 21 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Top Tip, when visiting the market park on the car park at the TX MAXX retail park, its only 100 yards walk away and its free for 2 hours.

Otherwise you will pay the high prices at the NCP car parks.
Top Tip, when visiting the market park on the car park at the TX MAXX retail park, its only 100 yards walk away and its free for 2 hours. Otherwise you will pay the high prices at the NCP car parks. Jim271
  • Score: 1

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