Outdoor market to relocate to new permanent home

Wakefield’s outdoor market is to relocate as plans for the city centre start to take shape.

From 29 June, the market will move from the Cathedral precinct to Teall Way – creating a retail link between the city’s two main and busiest shopping areas.

Councillor Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “This gives Wakefield market a permanent home, on a well-established route in the city and, as this was the preferred location for traders, we’re really pleased the move is underway.”

The new location offers space for all existing traders, and they will no longer need to move when events take place in the city centre.

New stall covers and branding will also be designed to improve the look and feel of the market for current traders and shoppers, and to help attract new independent traders and customers.

The move paves the way for work to start on creation of a multi-use entertainment area with seating, lighting and trees in the Cathedral precinct for hosting open-air events, festivals and other family entertainment.

The city centre transformation is designed to bring growth in residential, retail, culture, and entertainment services to stimulate the local economy and make the city a more vibrant place.

Cllr Graham added: “We know times are tough for many of our traders, and we hope this move will help boost their business, attract new traders and in turn benefit the local economy.

“Our regeneration plans for the city will make a real difference to residents, visitors and business giving everyone more reasons to be here in our city.”