There’s Moor demand for space in Sheffield’s new market hall.
Less than a fortnight after opening, the new Moor Market building looks set to be full by Christmas.
Letting agents have been inundated with more than 100 enquiries from people interested in doing business in the £18 million building.
When it opened for business the facility was 94 per cent let, but after a wave of positive publicity and an estimated 125,000 visitors in the first week, traders are scrambling for a spot.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, said: “There’s been an incredible amount of interest, with everyone recognising what a boon the new market is for the city.
“The challenge now is to convert those expressions of interest into meaningful applications, but at the current rate we could be fully let by Christmas.”
Family butchers Waterall Brothers, renowned for the Waterall pork pie, is just one of the businesses reaping the benefits of its new home.
Stephen Waterall, who founded the firm, said: “We definitely seem busier than when we were in Castle Market. I can’t vouch for everybody else but it all seems very positive.
“The building itself is very good. It’s a superb place.
“When I speak to others, especially butchers, the feeling I get is that it has been positive for them too.
“There were a few stalls empty when it first opened. No-one wants to be next to an empty one. But there are a couple more opening next week.
“It would be fantastic if the place was full. It’s been successful so far and long may it continue.”
Market bosses are hoping to attract more artisan and specialist food retailers to fill the vacant spots and enhance the market’s reputation as a haven for fine local produce and culinary delights.
Traders wishing to apply for a stall can visit the council’s website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/markets and download an application pack.