Shoppers have voted with their feet since the Moor Market opened in Sheffield with one million customers coming through the doors in just 3 months.
Traders at the new Moor Market have declared the first 3 months a success after hitting the millionth customer milestone earlier than expected following their move from Castlegate on 25 November 2013.
An estimated 25,000 people passed through its doors on the first day alone – 5,000 more than the busiest Saturday at the old Castle Market. The footfall numbers have been steadily maintained with the region’s shoppers showing their continued support for local independent traders.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:
“The millionth customer is such a fantastic milestone and a huge economic boost for The Moor, which we hope to see continue in future.
The new market is not only an investment in terms of the stunning building, but an investment in Sheffield-run independent businesses and the future economy of the city.
We are committed to supporting business in Sheffield, to bringing new jobs and opportunities for local people. The new Moor Market not only provides a great shopping experience but it captures the true entrepreneurial spirit of Sheffield.
We are so pleased that regular Castle Market shoppers have continued to shop at the new market and welcome all the new customers who have joined them. It’s fantastic to see traders doing so well and we aim to keep this momentum going to ensure the market is a success for many generations to come.”
The new Moor Market mixes traditional fresh food stalls with specialist and artisan stalls, with a strong focus on fresh produce. It also offers everything from clothing to bags, photography to pet supplies and much more. It is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
The launch 3 months ago marks the only purpose-built market hall to be constructed in the UK in the last decade and the relocation of the city’s main markets from the Castlegate area where they were first granted a charter in 1296.
Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland began working on the market in July 2012 with its doors finally opening on 25 November. The building, designed by Leslie Jones Architecture, includes a stunning glass and brass canopied roof similar to the Winter Garden and has attracted a mix of traditional and artisan food stalls.
Many traders have seen a rise in customers and a boost in profits, with others such as Make or Bake expanding, or due to expand in the coming months due to their success.
Andy Ward, Head of Markets, added:
“We didn’t expect to hit the millionth customer mark so soon after we opened and are grateful to all our customers for supporting us.
We have a fantastic mixture of traders selling everything from traditional fruit and veg, meat and fish to specialist olives, Fairtrade products, clothes and household goods. It’s also great to see the dining area regularly packed out with hungry people enjoying the range of food our cafes offer.
We hope the footfall continues at this pace and it sets precedence for the future.”