St John's Market to 'redefine Scunthorpe town centre' when it opens on Friday
The new St John's Market is ready for business (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Mar 2019
More than 60 traders are preparing for the grand opening of St John's Market, with council officials saying they hope the facility will redefine Scunthorpe town centre and offer more opportunities to small businesses.
The state-of-art "Meadowhall of markets" will be welcoming many long-time traders from the Scunthorpe Market as well as new retailers.
Scunthorpe Live has been given a tour of the brand new facilities as traders prepare to welcome their first customers at 8am on Friday, March 22.
Finishing touches have been made to the stalls, which have been bespoke-made for individual traders' needs.
External signs have completed the building's transformation from the former BHS store to the town's new market.
The market will be open six days a week from 8am to 5pm, although its food court will have opening hours extended into the evening.
The upper floor of the market contains a food court which will be open late(Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "St John's Market is really starting to take shape ready for opening on March 22. With over 60 traders on board, it is going to be a real destination for shoppers and visitors.
"St John's Market will help redefine the town centre and create new opportunities for traders and business start-ups.
"We are pleased to announce that not only do we have traders moving over from Scunthorpe Market, we also have a number of new traders in the market and The Food Court.
Butchers Bacon Charlies is ready to open (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
"This is an exciting time for Scunthorpe town centre and the opening of the market will signify the direction we are going in to bring in more investment and boost the economy.
"The new market is a huge investment in Scunthorpe town centre and forms part of wider regeneration plans to transform the area. Sat in a prominent position in the town centre, it will attract more people into the market. Visitors will have a completely different experience to what they are used to from their local market.
"The doors will be opening on Friday, March 22 at 8am and the traders will be ready to welcome their first customers. Come down on the opening day and have a look around."
Claire Kilty in her new hairdressers at the market (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
Wendy Cooper says the new market is the ideal opportunity for her business, Pandora's Box.
She said: "I'm really looking forward to working in the market, which will be a great sense of community with other traders and the constant footfall with it being open plan in the units on both levels.
"It's not just one shop where you are in and out. You can stroll through, sit and have a coffee, have a chat with your friends and something to eat.
"St John’s Market seemed to be the ideal opportunity for me as a sole trader. It's definitely going to be the destination place to shop in the Scunthorpe area. I'm looking forward to capitalising on all those new faces coming to shop with us."
Tracy Walton, who has run the The Perfume Stall in Scunthorpe Market for the past 25 years, said she was also looking forward to the new market opening.
She said: "It will just be nice to be in the new market. I've had a look around and it's a lovely place. It will be great not to have to wear six layers of clothing! I can't wait to get over there."
And Ryan Duffy, of Duffy Entertainment, said: "We're really looking forward to being there, we've started to fill our stall out and it looks great."
The full list of traders who will be at St John's Market when it opens
The following new traders will be based in The Food Court at St John's Market
- Sweet Treats
- Emelia’s Bar
- The Oasis
- Burger Shack
- Panini King
- Ali’s Food Hut
- Food 2 Go
- Mark's Gluten Free Treats
- Taran’s Nut Free Tiffin
New traders bringing their businesses to St John's Market are:
- Jubilee Sweets
- The Collectors Emporium
- The Rug Stall
- Alpha Building Plastics
- Miller’s Mix
- L&H Laser Crafts Ltd
- Print Parrot
- Smartstore UK
- Pandora’s Box Babywear
- SK Trends UK
- Nappa’s Chilli Sauce
- O’Keefe’s Emporium
- Laura’s Sweet Occasions
- Liquid Mist
- Vinyl Jewels
- Taylor’s Family Butchers
- MB Smoking
- TR Textiles
Businesses moving from the existing Scunthorpe Market to the new facility are:
- Springtime Eggs
- Kilty Cuts
- Dawson’s Fresh from the Field
- Jim Bale
- Wool Paradise
- Anna Belle Designs
- WA Betts Jewellers
- Tutti Fruitiers
- Panda Cards
- Bacon Charlies
- Angelo’s Butchers
- Judges Butchers and Meat Pie Specialists
- MJ Capps and Son
- Kevin’s Hosiery
- Gail’s Handbags
- Bela Moda Boutique
- The Toy Man
- Wanda’s Books
- Alan’s Watches
- Denim Discount
- Gem International Trading Co Ltd
- Veer Beauty
- RK Clothing
- The Perfume Stall
- Bling & Things
- Brothers Duffy Entertainment
- The Petite Pantry