Liverpool shoppers can explore the new-look St Johns Market from today (14 November) as a two-week public preview gets underway.
The unveiling of the £2.5 million transformation, ahead of the market’s official opening on 25 November, comes as a £3.5m public realm upgrade outside of the building has also been completed.
Visitors to St Johns Market, which dates back to 1822, will be able to explore new facilities during the ‘soft launch’ including seating areas for up to 200 people, new lifts to the balcony level, new public toilets, an event space and free wi-fi.
The retail destination, which last had a refit in 1971, will also have a staffed information desk for the first time in its history.
A series of events is in the pipeline for the run up to Christmas to showcase the revamped appearance, which also includes a bright new colour design.
Councillor Malcom Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, says: “Liverpool’s shopping district has undergone a huge transformation over the past decade and the upgrade to the area around St Johns Market and the market itself is the final piece in that area’s regeneration jigsaw.
‘’As a visitor and customer experience this part of the city centre will be unrecognisable to how it was at the beginning of the year. The city council has worked with many partners and contractors to achieve these quite complex changes in such a busy area and we thank them all for their hard work and support to finish on schedule.’’
The local authority’s One Stop Shop will also move from the Municipal Buildings to the market in the new year.