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Leicester's historic market embarks on £7.5m transformation journey

A significant redevelopment project is set to transform Leicester's historic market, with traders relocating to a temporary site at Green Dragon Square.

The move, scheduled to commence on Thursday 30 December, is in preparation for a £7.5 million refurbishment of Leicester Market, a landmark that dates back to 1298 and received its current roofing in the 1970s.


The city council has announced that the overhaul, beginning in January and expected to conclude by December 2024, will see the replacement of the market's old wooden stalls, which are now in a state of disrepair.


Approximately 70 new stalls will be introduced, featuring a redesigned layout to enhance pedestrian access.


Additional improvements include upgraded lighting, paving, and a secure shuttered perimeter for nighttime safety.


This revitalisation aims to create a modern shopping destination, reflecting 21st-century sensibilities. Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby expressed enthusiasm for the project, saying the transformation of the current market was "long overdue".


"I'm very pleased that we're now so close to seeing work starting on site," he said.


"These are difficult times for small businesses, so I do hope that people will continue to support the traders over the next year or so, while work to restore Leicester Market gets under way."


The council's vision for the market is to establish a contemporary and vibrant shopping area, revitalising a key part of Leicester's heritage and supporting local traders through these challenging times.

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