Stockport Council's recent decision to find a new anchor tenant for
the Produce Hall has prompted us to put forward our clear vision for the
creation of a modern market space for the local community.
In June 2017, Stockport Council’s Labour Cabinet approved a report to pursue an improvement strategy to find a new anchor tenant for the Produce Hall, the Grade II listed building directly opposite the indoor Market Hall, to “improve footfall and trading conditions for all businesses in the area.”
The decision to find a new occupier for the Produce Hall was based on the findings of a CBRE report, which looked at the existing market management, as well as an Urban Vision report, which suggested that a more exciting and dynamic offer like Foodie Friday is needed to make the Market Place a regional attraction.
As the organisers of Foodie Friday, our ambition is to make the event a regular part of the area by operating out of a permanent space in Stockport Old Town. This view is backed up by over 90% of our visitors, who stated in a recent survey, that they would like to see the offer at Foodie Friday delivered regularly in a venue.
We want to animate the Produce Hall with food, drink and entertainment, bringing people to the area to enjoy our offer in the evening and at the weekend. We also want to attract visitors to the Market Place who will stay to explore the surrounding businesses, including all the local pubs, cafes and traders at Stockport Market.
We believe The Produce Hall should not become the next expansion location for the type of major chain or corporate brand that will soon appear at RedRock but become a marketplace for independent businesses and a hub for the local community, showcasing the best talent that Stockport has to offer in art, music and culture.