Market opens in London Road

The Open Market aims at reviving the London Road area
The Open Market aims at reviving the London Road area

The Open Market has formally opened for business.

The Open Market, a community-led regeneration scheme looking to breathe new life into the London Road area, has formally opened for business.

Included in a £20 million investment by The Hyde Group and the city council, the market is part of a mixed-use scheme that includes 87 affordable homes, 45 permanent market stalls and 12 workshops for artists and designers.

The shopping scheme is being run as a social enterprise, creating about 100 full-time jobs while also supporting local and regional suppliers and producers. It is hoped it will also act as a meeting place for the local community and a must- visit shopping destination for day- trippers and tourists.

Locally-sourced produce is on offer alongside furniture and accessories. Visitors can also grab a snack or pamper themselves at the beauty salon.

David Gannicott, Hyde’s business development director, said: “This excellent project is a great example of what can be achieved when you combine a business head with a social heart.”