Traders welcome move to ‘revitalised’ market

Traders Dave Magginnis (left) and Gordon David help Cllr Sonja Crisp open Shambles Market. Photograph: City of York Council
25 Mar 2015 @ 9.39 pm
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With a snip of the red ribbon, Cllr Sonja Crisp declared Shambles Market officially open on Wednesday (March 25).

Traders moved back to their home between Shambles and Parliament Street on Monday after a £1.6 million refurbishment.

New to the market are seven kiosks with perforated aluminium doors which will be backlit at night. There’s a new layout, a relaid stone floor and the stalls have been renovated and fitted with new canopies.

Paul Anderson, chair of the Market Traders’ Association and a Shambles Market stallholder, said traders were really pleased with the result.

He said

“We’re all really happy with our new-look market and are positive it will be a success. The work that has been done will really revitalise the market and we look forward to welcoming more customers to our new-look stalls.”

Cllr Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism praised the fantastic new-look.

“Shoppers will benefit immensely from the market’s new and upgraded features and can enjoy making their purchases in a welcoming environment.”

So what can you buy at Shambles Market, one of only a few in the country that operates seven days a week?

fruit & veg

deli cheeses

fresh meat

fish from the Yorkshire coast

artisan breads


mobile phones

pet foods

army surplus and vintage clothing

pottery and other gifts

The £1.6 million came from City of York Council’s economic infrastructure fund, created to “enable projects of strategic importance to the city’s ambitions for creating jobs and growing the economy”.