The interest and excitement surrounding the imminent official opening of Southport’s redeveloped market is growing as new traders move in to the freshly completed phase 2 of the project.
During the last week, quality butcher Paul Reilly, fishmonger Kevin Peet, and Holmes-Smith Gourmet Foods among others have set up shop in the stunning Edwardian market hall. And by all accounts, business is booming even before the official launch day on Saturday, July 7.
The soaring popularity of the market is good news for retailers who have to expand rapidly to cope with demand. Many locals are discovering Southport’s Market’s great service, quality, choice and value for the first time.
Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council said: “We hope this is a bright new era for Southport Market and believe residents and visitors will be really impressed by the transformation that has taken place.
“I have been keen to support the refurbishment project from the outset and am delighted that so many traders have also shown their confidence in the scheme.
“July 7 promises to be a great family fun day and I am very much looking forward to being there on the day.
“I would like to pay tribute to former Councillor Brenda Porter who supported this project through thick and thin and her commitment has paid off.
“If people can’t make it to the big launch I would strongly urge them pop along as soon as possible and see what this revamped facility has to offer.”
A very large attendance is anticipated on July 7 – both from the public and invited VIPs and celebrities. The event will showcase all that Southport Market has to offer, with food traders offering delicious free tastings all day, such as the famous Peet’s Potted Shrimps and Holmes–Smith’s mouthwatering pork pies. Simon Rimmer’s arrival at 10am is expected to attract crowds for his cookery demonstrations throughout the day but perhaps it will be the opportunity to claim one of 500 exclusive Southport Market shopping bags full of goodies that will attract the biggest queue of shoppers waiting for the doors to open at 9am.
Dune FM will broadcast live from 11am and with the Savoy Jazz Quartet playing from 9am the party will be in full swing ready for the arrival of two very special VIPs at 11am – Peppa Pig and Hello Kitty who will be giving away balloons in the Lord Street and Market Quarter. Claire Bear from Claire House Children’s Hospice will be on hand to help entertain young shoppers and there will be face painting on offer as well as the opportunity to meet a few Southport FC players or buy some merchandise from their unit in the market.
The Market’s dedicated Facebook page and new web site are brimming with ideas, recipes and information about the launch, the traders and future events. Judging by the amount of favourable comments and ‘likes’, the launch is going to be a memorable event in Southport’s history as well as bookmarking the start of a new phase in the town’s success as an important retail destination.
Following the grand launch day on 7 July with celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer, local restaurateur and BBC Masterchef finalist, Jay Tinker will be appearing on 14 July, demonstrating his extraordinary culinary talents with cookery demonstrations from 11am when he will prepare a starter, followed by a main course at 12noon and finally a dessert at 1pm. This will be an event not to be missed for serious foodies or any Masterchef viewers who will enjoy hearing about Jay’s experience on the programme.
Anyone interested in taking one of the last few remaining units to benefit from the extraordinary success of Southport Market and be part of the launch are urged to contact letting agent, Quarterbridge on 01206 710999 as soon as possible.