The new indoor market behind the recently opened Market Café on Westgate, is all set to open on March 2.
The brainchild of Market Café manager Kaz Smith, renovations are currently taking place to tranform the former Club Miami nightclub into a bustling indoor market.
It will comprise of around 20 stalls, and include fruit and veg, plants, clothing, leather and wool goods, sold by local traders from both Grantham and Newark.
Born and bred in Grantham, its status as a market town is extemely important to Kaz, and she wants to ensure it is not lost.
Asked about the response to her plans, Kaz said: “The traders were very keen to come in. We’re not competing with the Saturday market, we’re trying to run with it, and give people something to look forward to when they come into Grantham. So on a Saturday those walking down the market can also walk inside the market.”
Already attracting people to the Westgate site is the Market Café, which has been open now for three months, and Kaz is thrilled to report that it has been busy all the time.
She believes the offer of a range of breakfasts and popular dishes, with no meal priced above £5, has been the key to its success.
Having been a chef throughout her working life, opening her own business was the logical next progression for Kaz, but she also spotted how it could work well with an indoor market.
“The traders and visitors only have to step through the door to get food and drink in the café.” Moreover just in case the refreshments weren’t close enough, a corner of the market area has also been set aside to offer food from the café.
Indeed walking through the whole complex it is clear that a lot of thought has been put into how it will operate practically on a daily and yearly basis.
Not only does being inside have the obvious benefit of avoiding the unpredictable weather, but the installation of both heating and air-conditioning will mean the market can run all year round.
Outside there is also a designated smoking area, while parking for up to 80 vehicles behind the building means that shoppers shouldn’t struggle to find a space, an issue which many currently highlight as a reason why they are put off coming to the outdoor market.
The renovations have all gone to plan so far, with Kaz grateful of the support she has received from friends and experienced tradesmen, including an electrician who has re-wired the place.
Like the café, the market will be open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with the various stallholders operating at different times. This flexibility has gone down well the traders, and will also mean that shoppers can expect to find new goods on offer each time they visit.
Everyone is invited to the grand opening of the market, taking place at 10am on Monday, March 2, with Mayor Ian Selby on hand to cut the ribbon.
If you are interested in booking a stall at the indoor market, it will cost £12 per day for a 2m x 2m, and £15 per day for a 3 m x 2m. Alternatively you can book for a whole week, and pay for five days with the sixth day free. Bookings and payments need to be received at least a week in advance, and can be made by calling Kaz on 07947 373663.