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Bradford’s Kirkgate market to close
when new market opens in 2022
  ORIGINAL plans for a major refurbishment of Bradford Kirkgate Market once the new Darley Street market was opened have been scrapped.
This means that for the first time in living memory the city’s market operation will be under one roof.
It was always planned that the Oastler Market would close after the new Darley Street building was completed.
But it has been reported that the decision to close Kirkgate at the same time was taken after customer research revealed that there was strong support for a consolidated market.
So the new multi-level market will have one floor selling non-food and specialist goods, one floor selling fresh food, and a third for food and drink.
In addition there will be an impressive new market square for open-air events and outdoor trading.
Bradford City Council says the whole pro- ject is designed to increase the profile of Piccadilly — full of fine Victoria buildings but somewhat hidden — as well as helping
Artist’s impression of the new Darley Street market
to return Darley Street as a key shopping destination.
“It is intended that the new development acts as a regeneration catalyst, adding to Bradford’s draw as a shopping and leisure destination and attracting thousands of peo- ple into the city.”
The Kirkgate market, opened in 1976, is part of what was originally the Arndale Centre, built on the site of the century-old
Victorian market that the council decided had to be demolished, much to the dismay of many citizens.
The new market is a £21 million project and construction should start early next year for completion in spring of 2022.
At the moment contractors are stripping out the existing Darley Street buildings, in- cluding the old Marks and Spencer site, in preparation for demolition this summer.
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