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Trade applications for new Darley Street Market to open

The Council will announce the first round of successful applications in September.

Trader applications for the new Darley Street Market is set to open.

Bradford Council is inviting retailers to apply to become one of the selected traders for the city’s new £23m flagship market.

Strategically located in heart of the city’s central shopping area, the new Darley Street Market has been designed to be a light, airy and modern retail space and is packed with energy and environment-saving features including smart heating, lighting and ventilation systems, rainwater capture technologies and green transport facilities.

Over 200 traders have expressed an interest in a stall at the new Darley Street Market.

The market will have three trading floors each specialising in non-food, fresh and hot foods as well as an underground basement for deliveries and waste recycling.

The market’s top floor will house an open-plan food court for 13 hot food and drink vendors with seating for over 500 customers.

It will also include an outdoor viewing balcony with seating and a stage for day and evening entertainment that will open into the evenings to support the local night-time economy.

The new market square will boast eight large umbrellas for outdoor trading, a large outdoor screen and a capacity for up to 500 people designed to host a range of cultural and entertainment events.

The new market is currently under construction and is expected to open in September 2023.

Demand has been strong – to date the council has received over 260 expressions of interest from potential traders wanting to operate in the new market. These and others are now invited to formally apply.

Interested retailers should visit www.bradfordmarkets.com for further information on how to apply.

The Darley Street Market is being developed in parallel with other significant regeneration projects such as the 4,000-capacity music venue Bradford Live, City Village – a sustainable inner-city regeneration housing project and One City Park – a state-of-the-art and energy-efficient mixed-use commercial development on the doorstep of the multi-award- winning public space, City Park.

The new market is partly funded by the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

The Getting Building Fund is investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery across the country.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We’re excited to announce the launch of our application process to trade in our new flagship market.

“It’s encouraging to see there’s real enthusiasm from a wide range of potential traders for the opportunity to be part of Darley Street Market.

“The response from potential retailers in registering their interest is a positive sign of retailer confidence in the new market and the city centre.”

“We are looking for passionate independent retailers who represent the best of Bradford district and beyond who can share our vision for the market and offer high-quality goods and services in order to make it one of the best markets in the North of England.”

” We expect to announce the first successful applications in September.”

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