Excitement among traders and shoppers alike is building ahead of the completion of the major refurbishment works at Idlewells Market in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
The market, situated within the Idlewells Shopping Centre, is undergoing a revamp that will reshape its layout and improve the shopping choice.
New stalls and fittings are in place and a brand new atrium now floods light into the market’s central area, creating a space almost unrecognisable from its previous condition.
New and existing traders are now moving into their permanent positions and with Christmas approaching, now is the perfect time to pay the market a visit and stock up for the festive season.
Two existing traders who have moved into their new positions are Richard and Emma’s Books and Tony’s Café.
Richard and Emma Heath, who pride themselves on their excellent customer service, stock a wide range of fairly priced books and puzzles and are excited about the future of the market.
“We feel the market is much more spacious now” Richard explained, “The new atrium makes the hall lighter and brighter and gives a nice ambience for traders and shoppers”.
Following over 30 years of trading, Tony Day of Tony’s Café also commended the project. He said, “We welcome the investment that the Council have made in the market and are really excited for when it is finished. It’s really positive for Sutton.
“We completely refitted the café when it re-opened in September with a new colour scheme and new tables and chairs. The Café is looking great and our customers love it.”
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Don Davis, said: “It’s fantastic to see the vision starting to become a reality.
“The fresh redevelopment will mean improved retail options and now is a great time to come down and see how it’s shaping up, as well as visit our fantastic traders in their new environment”.