Shoppers flock to new-look Bolton Market

The market will be officially opened on Valentine’s Day

Shoppers from left, Kirsty Green, Maureen McDonald and Joanne Gallop

The improvements have been welcomed by both traders and shoppers

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

SHOPPERS flocked to visit the newly revamped “lifestyle hall” at Bolton Market.

People got their first glimpse of Bolton Council’s £4.5m redevelop-ment.

About half of the stalls in the new hall were in position for the ‘soft opening’, ahead of its official launch on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Among the businesses was micropub venture Great Ale Year Round and coffee supplier The Coffee Grind.

And 30 per cent of the stallholders in the hall are new to the market, with structural improvements to the food hall also part of the redevelopment.

New traders reported a booming first day of business, despite only half of the stalls, and no food outlets, opening.

Council chiefs said they were “very pleased” and thanked shoppers and traders for “fantastic” feedback.

Bolton Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said: “It’s good to know that the hard work traders and market staff have put in has paid off.

“I would encourage everyone to come down and look for themselves.”

Two new traders were delighted with their first day.

Dan Buck, who runs Great Ale Year Round, said: “It’s been really busy, a great day. You’re never quite sure what to expect with something new like this but people have really taken to the idea.

“We’ve got a great range of beers, mostly local, from Stockport, Stalybridge, Salford, Cheshire, Radcliffe and, of course, Bolton.

On the micropub, Pat Mills, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: “I’ve been to places similar to this at the Arndale in Manchester and in Stockport and this one is fantastic.

“It certainly works really well and the beer is great. I particularly rate the Solstice pale ale.”

Nigel Lyons, owner of The Coffee Grind, added: “We’ve been absolutely rushed off our feet, it’s been great.

“For the first hour it was very quiet and we were worrying, but after 9am it really perked up. People have been really complimentary about our coffee as well, which is always nice to hear.”

Shoppers welcomed the new facilities.

Maureen McDonald, from Bradshaw, said: “It looks lovely doesn’t it. It is a vast improvement on what it was like before. I think the big seating area is a great idea.”

Tom Layden, from Salford, added: “It is brilliant, they have done a great job.

“There is so much more space between the stalls, it gives you space to actually see what is here.”

The revamped market will be officially opened on the “Fall in Love with the new Bolton Market” on February 14.

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12:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

ruined heritage says...

I do wish you would copy check your articles, redevelop-ment should not be hyphenated!!
I do wish you would copy check your articles, redevelop-ment should not be hyphenated!! ruined heritage
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1:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Kirsty Leanne Green says...

Mix up of our names on the picture
Mix up of our names on the picture Kirsty Leanne Green
  • Score: -3

1:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

ruined heritage wrote:
I do wish you would copy check your articles, redevelop-ment should not be hyphenated!!
Oh shut up you numpty. It looks great and I wish all the businesses success.
[quote][p][bold]ruined heritage[/bold] wrote: I do wish you would copy check your articles, redevelop-ment should not be hyphenated!![/p][/quote]Oh shut up you numpty. It looks great and I wish all the businesses success. Hough64
  • Score: 7

1:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

steveG says...

We should count our blessings as Bolton residents.
To have a Council as dedicated,intelligen
t and gifted as we have is a dream and they have provided yet another facility of which we can be truly proud.
We should count our blessings as Bolton residents. To have a Council as dedicated,intelligen t and gifted as we have is a dream and they have provided yet another facility of which we can be truly proud. steveG
  • Score: -15

5:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mick England says...

Flocked my eye!!
Flocked my eye!! Mick England
  • Score: -4

7:35pm Wed 22 Jan 14

JustBecause says...

Hardly flocking, the 3rd image shows very little footfall.......

Only two shops reported on, come on BN mention the others.
Hardly flocking, the 3rd image shows very little footfall....... Only two shops reported on, come on BN mention the others. JustBecause
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mick England says...

Do you really and believe your own words? Bolton doesn't need a £48 million interchange, what it needs is the £1.44 million reported cuts that were reported on here in September, reinstating to the RBH, after the missing millions non scandal Clifford vanishing act legacy! Ask yourself how many times you've read a story on here regarding our failing bus station, what never mmmmm? Then ask yourself how many stories you've read about the RBH failing and the cuts and redundancies? After re consideration do you still believe the money is being spent wisely?
Do you really and believe your own words? Bolton doesn't need a £48 million interchange, what it needs is the £1.44 million reported cuts that were reported on here in September, reinstating to the RBH, after the missing millions non scandal Clifford vanishing act legacy! Ask yourself how many times you've read a story on here regarding our failing bus station, what never mmmmm? Then ask yourself how many stories you've read about the RBH failing and the cuts and redundancies? After re consideration do you still believe the money is being spent wisely? Mick England
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mick England says...

That was directed to steve g.
That was directed to steve g. Mick England
  • Score: 0

8:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mick England says...

Still no report of the tobacco and fags bust on Halliwell Rd yesterday? Although I spoke to a reporter and informed her of what had happened she obviously didn't regard that as news! So here we have another story hidden from the public that should be in their domain.
Still no report of the tobacco and fags bust on Halliwell Rd yesterday? Although I spoke to a reporter and informed her of what had happened she obviously didn't regard that as news! So here we have another story hidden from the public that should be in their domain. Mick England
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

dolly21bolton says...

Cutbacks, what cutbacks? Yet another four and a half million pounds as good as thrown down the drain. The only main difference I could see was the lighter paintwork that makes the place look much brighter, more space between the stalls, but of course this will mean less stalls, i.e. less rent, but presumably the greedy Bolton Council will claw this back by charging more rent for the remaining stalls. Are there not enough licenced premises in Bolton where people can get a drink without another one in the Market, especially since there is already another one approximately 100 feet away, i.e. The Bob Inn. Instead of revamping the original wooden floor which I would have thought was under preservation, a new "modern" floor has been laid which does nothing to complement the Victorian style of the market..
Cutbacks, what cutbacks? Yet another four and a half million pounds as good as thrown down the drain. The only main difference I could see was the lighter paintwork that makes the place look much brighter, more space between the stalls, but of course this will mean less stalls, i.e. less rent, but presumably the greedy Bolton Council will claw this back by charging more rent for the remaining stalls. Are there not enough licenced premises in Bolton where people can get a drink without another one in the Market, especially since there is already another one approximately 100 feet away, i.e. The Bob Inn. Instead of revamping the original wooden floor which I would have thought was under preservation, a new "modern" floor has been laid which does nothing to complement the Victorian style of the market.. dolly21bolton
  • Score: -1

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