Over 200 traders have expressed interest in taking a stand in the under construction Darley Street Market. After months of demolition work on the site – the former Marks & Spencer building, the construction phase of the project finally began earlier this month.
Bradford Council is now looking for an operating partner to manage the new food hall which will be created on the top floor of the market. The market and food hall will also have an outdoor plaza, linking Darley Street and Piccadilly, for concerts and events.
The food hall will offer a variety of dine-in and take-out food from local street vendors and restaurants. There will be 11 food kiosks in the food hall offering a selection of world dishes, two bars, a stage for daytime and nighttime entertainment as well as seating for approximately 500 customers indoors and on the outdoor balcony overlooking the market square and the large outdoor screen.
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The plan is for the market to open later than the city’s existing markets and many downtown stores, in hopes that this later opening will bring more life to an area of the city that may feel like a ghost town after 18 time. The Council is now looking for operators to run the food court and is working with catering consultancy Coverpoint to do so.
When the council issued a call to potential traders for the approximately 100 market stalls in January, more than 200 potential retailers expressed interest. Once the Darley Street market opens in 2023, the Council plans to close the existing Oastler and Kirkgate markets.
The Oastler Market building will be demolished to make way for a new “City Village” at the top of the city. Coverpoint director Richard Moulds said: “The operator will have the expertise to run the food hall and will work with local independent operators to run the kiosks. They will also have the passion and vision to create a vibrant, community-focused venue, which will help further secure Bradford’s place on the culinary map of Yorkshire and the UK.
“The master tenant could have experience in restaurants, brasseries, street food collectives or even contract catering, or be a local entrepreneur. The most important consideration is cultural fit and a sense of community spirit.