We have announced that we intend to appoint market turnaround specialists Quarterbridge to take forward the redevelopment of Rochdale's new market.
The decision means the ambition to create a thriving new market for Rochdale town centre is closer to being realised, and we are proposing to formally appoint the company in the coming weeks.
'Vision is for a market which focusses on high quality products, particularly fresh food'
Consultants Quarterbridge were selected following a formal procurement process, as we looked for an operator which can make the market an important part of a vibrant and successful town centre, helping to attract more visitors and focus on high-quality products, particularly fresh food.
Bidders were also asked to think about how they could promote and attract traders, and turn the market into a high-quality niche offer, to set it apart from other locations.
'Quarterbridge has years of experience both advising and running markets up and down the country'
Council Leader Richard Farnell said:
"What we want for Rochdale is a thriving market, which will be a focal point of our regenerated town centre and attract visitors from far and wide, as well as providing a great, high quality shopping offer for our residents, alongside our new shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
"With many years of experience both advising and running markets up and down the country, we feel that Quarterbridge are in the best position to drive these plans forward."
A planning application for the new market was submitted in late 2016, with plans to move it from its temporary base to a new, permanent location on the Butts next to the re-opened River Roch, with the potential to create an indoor market hall and trader facilities in the neighbouring former Santander building, which we have now purchased.
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