Shoppers from across East Staffordshire and beyond will be able to get their first look at the newly refurbished Burton Market Hall when it officially opens to the public on Saturday 21st June.
It has been just under over year since the Market Hall closed its doors in 2013 for a complete refurbishment that included 25 modernised retail units, 4 restaurant and café units, extensive works to the balcony area, lift access and a vast area available for pop up stalls on market days.
Members of the public will be able to get their first look at the refurbished shopping destination on the 21st June when Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Ron Clarke, cuts the ribbon and welcomes people into the Market Hall.
On the opening day there will be a range of activities and events taking place in the Market Hall and Market Place to commemorate the unveiling of the Market Hall including a family fun fair, a live outside broadcast from Touch FM, face painting, dance events and appearances from Burton Albion FC Mascots Billy and Betty Brewer.
“This has been a major project for East Staffordshire Borough Council,” said Councillor Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, “delivered on time and within budget, and I am very proud to be one of the first people to say welcome to our new-look Market Hall.
“I would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to come down on opening day and check out new facilities for themselves."
New traders at the Market Hall are also excited by their new premises.
Simon Kirby, of Quiglo Kitchenware commented, “We have chosen Burton Market Hall because the building and environment is similar to other highly successful retail centres in the country. The hall is being sympathetically restored to highlight its original features whilst having modern facilities to offer the public what they expect.”
“Quiglo is a family business retailing cost-effective contemporary and traditional kitchenware. Our store will be a great place to pick up innovative and unusual gifts as well as providing tasteful and practical kitchen equipment to enhance the most used room in your home.”
Marina Marler of Amy's Closet added: “We will be selling items including clothing, household and bric-a-brac from two main era's - The Art Deco era 1920 to 1940 and also genuine vintage items from the 50's and 60's.
“We feel our products will complement the restored Market Hall as the building has a great local history dating back to the days when the stock we have for sale was in everyday use.
“Retro items are currently making a great comeback and the plan for Amy's Closet will be to turn the stock around on a weekly basis so that there will always be something new to browse and reminisce about. There will be beautiful china, groovy clothing and decorative items to make your home unique and fabulous. We look forward to meeting all the customers of the newly refurbished Market Hall.”