Shoppers in Lincoln city centre will soon be able to buy their fresh fruit and vegetables from the Central Market.
Offering fresh produce has long been a priority for City of Lincoln Council as part of wider plans to create one vibrant, sustainable market offering high quality and affordable services that residents and visitors want.
Plans are in place to install three market stalls in City Square, where the two fresh produce traders and florist currently located in the Cornhill Market will take up their new stalls from Monday, April 11 2016.
Events on City Square, including the ice rink and monthly farmers’ markets, will not be affected.
People will still be able to buy their fruit and vegetables from the Cornhill Market until the end of the day on Saturday, April 9 2016.
The traders’ move will enable Lincolnshire Co-op to move ahead with its Cornhill Quarter regeneration scheme, which will see the historic Corn Exchange building revitalised.
Antony Angus, Recreation Services Team Leader at the city council, said: “Our priority for the market is to make sure there is a fresh produce offer, alongside a range of other stalls offering high quality goods and services that people want, at a price they can afford.
“We’ve worked closely with traders and consulted with residents to improve our market offer and are delighted we have been able to accommodate the fruit and vegetable stalls, while also expanding the market out into City Square.
“We want our market to play a vital role in creating a vibrant and thriving city centre that people want to visit, and we are continuing with our wider plans to refurbish the Grade II listed market hall.”
Lincolnshire Co-op Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “Our vision for the Cornhill Quarter is an area of the city where local, independent traders thrive, benefiting from increased footfall and operating alongside some of the national names who are keen to come to Lincoln. That’s why we’re investing in this £12m project to revitalise the area.
“Having a vibrant, successful and busy market has always been part of that vision and we’ve worked with City of Lincoln Council on its plans for a reconfigured Central Market.
“We know the provision of fresh produce like fruit and veg is a priority for the council. We’re pleased that the current traders are taking up the opportunity to continue to provide that service to people in the city, just steps from where they have been based previously.”
In the longer term, the city council plans to refurbish the market hall and is exploring options for more permanent outdoor stalls, and improved toilet facilities.
Earlier this year Full Circle Books and Cornhill Shoe Repairs also moved from the Cornhill to Central Market.
Other former Cornhill Market traders have moved to a variety of locations including Waterside South and Sincil Street.
Another, who runs the jacket potato stall, is set to relocate to a retro-style food van which will be sited on City Square, in place of the small kiosk near the entrance of the City Square Centre.
A variety of stalls in Central Market are currently available to lease on daily or monthly packages. Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk/centralmarket