A new future for Radcliffe Market is being envisioned to boost trade and encourage more people to the town centre.
The huge success of recent Friday food and drink nights is showing the way forward for the market hall, which has recently benefitted from a £1 million refurbishment.
Bury Council wants to build on this success and put food and drink plus evening entertainment at the market’s heart.
Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “Radcliffe is changing, and so are markets, and we want Radcliffe Market Hall to change with it.
“Major developments have taken place, and more are planned, around the market hall and the town centre. Work is well under way on a new Lidl supermarket, next to the market, which complements the new bus station completed by Transport for Greater Manchester. We are also seeking opportunities to redevelop vacant council-owned premises on Dale Street.
“We want to take advantage of these developments and see the market as crucial to the town’s ongoing regeneration.”
Cllr Shori added: “The retail environment has changed out of all recognition in recent years. While there is still a place for traditional markets, so many of us now do much of our shopping online for home delivery.
“To make the most of what Radcliffe has to offer, we’re looking to see the market open on more days and in the evenings, and see expanding the food and drink offer as a vital element in making it a unique and popular attraction for the area.”
Bury Council is about to invite expressions of interest from individuals or organisations in the management and operation of Radcliffe Market. For more details of the proposals, go to www.bury.gov.uk/radcliffemarket-eoi