The New Chester Market is proving a real draw

Located in the heart of Chester, in Exchange Square off Northgate Street, the new market has opened its doors and is proving hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike.

This is the first time in over 100 years that Chester Market has undergone such an extensive renovation. The original building was opened in 1876 and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse. And now, the old Victorian building has been transformed and modernised to create a multifaceted offer incorporating produce, traditional goods and a food hall.

The driving force behind the new market has been to create a ‘modern traditional market’ that takes the best of the new breed of thriving city produce markets such as Borough Market in London, or Barcelona market; combined with pioneering communal food hall markets in Altrincham and Stockholm, to create a unique blend of produce, goods, food and beverage traders in a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone to enjoy – where you really can shop local and eat global.

The market hall has space for 39 stalls, with over 400 seats across 3 separate areas, including a garden area, a stage and a big screen.

In honour of the Roman 20th Legion that was based at Northgate, their symbol of a wild boar has been used in the logo for the new market; the market’s stalls are made from 60 tonnes of air-dried oak made using traditional wooden joints, including ‘scarf’ joints which were used in the construction of ships’ keels.

RivingtonHark has worked alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council to deliver Chester Northgate.  The new market is one of the main anchors for the development and sits alongside 7 new restaurants a new 800 space multi story car park and a new 6 screen cinema opening in 2023.

Visit the Chester Market website to find out more: