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Chester Market welcomes six new businesses

Business Growth Hub 10/12/2021

Award-winning Market continues to attract new traders

The award-winning Chester Market continues to attract new innovative and entrepreneurial traders, expanding the choice of food and goods on offer.

The new market building, which opens next year, is beginning to take shape within the Northgate development, but the Council is continuing to let units in the current market to maintain the vibrancy and enhance the offer for new and returning customers.

Whilst some traders have made plans to grow their businesses and take units elsewhere in the city, this has provided an ideal opportunity for new traders who want to open and test their business ideas in the existing market.

Gator Pit offers a true taste of authentic Louisiana and South America food from Gumbo to Jambalaya; Vegan House offer a range of tasty 100 per cent plant-based cuisine and Pop Up Paysan, is an inviting wine bar with a vast selection for any wine connoisseur, building on the success of their Bridge Street venue.

Retro Dojo is the market’s first vintage toys and gaming shop to buy and sell, which will guarantee to take you down memory lane.

High Life Interiors showcases a niche selection of stylish furniture for the wow factor; and finally, the imminent return of Anime and Manga for all your favourite movie goods and collectables.

For more details on all the new and current traders see:

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration, said: “Successful markets continually reinvent themselves, offering a launch pad for new businesses and a testbed for businesses that are destined to outgrow them. Chester’s market is no different. These new traders are bringing fresh vitality, expertise and choice alongside our established traders.

“Despite challenging times for retailers, it is so pleasing to see that customer numbers in the current market are getting back to pre-pandemic levels. I hope residents and visitors will ‘shop local’ this Christmas and make a plan to support small businesses in our city.”

Construction of the new Chester Market is well underway and will open in late summer 2022. Details of the traders selected will be shared in the coming weeks. For more details see:

There are also exciting opportunities for new traders in the borough’s other markets in Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford; becoming a market trader is a low cost, low risk way of starting up in business with short term leases and very competitive rents available.

Please contact for more details. Support and mentoring for new traders is also available from the Markets Team.