BURTON’S Market Hall will reopen with a grand flourish next month after it welcomes customers back through the doors after almost a year.
The historic town centre building will throw open its doors following a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 21st.
It will be the first time since last July that people have seen inside the hall, which has undergone a huge £1.6 million refurbishment.
Councillor Robert Hardwick, who heads up the project for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “This has been a major project for East Staffordshire Borough Council delivered on time and within budget, and I am very proud to be one of the first people to say welcome to our new look market hall.”
The renovation has seen 25 new retail units put in place inside the building, four restaurant and cafe units opened up, and work done to improve the balcony and stairway. A lift has been installed and an area has been established for pop-up stalls on market days.
The scheme has been plagued by controversy since it was announced last year, as traders claim they were ill-treated during their move to the temporary market in The Octagon centre. Many have made the decision to remain in the Pavilion area of the shopping centre, rather than return to their old home, as they say they are happier there.
New traders have signed up for the space they have left behind, including a kitchenware shop, a retro retailer and a health food company.
East Staffordshire mayor Councillor Ron Clarke will be cutting the ribbon on June 21, and an extensive programme of events has been planned to mark the occasion, including a fun fair and face painting.