Blackpool approves Abingdon Street Market renovation

Abingdon Street Market will be revamped and updated after Blackpool Council approved the planning application submitted by developer Turley.

A single storey extension on Police Street will be demolished while all external facades will be refurbished. The market will add a 250-seat food and beverage quarter, extra stalls for food produce, food and beverage, artisan stalls and flexible retail units, and a new coffee stall and bar area will be created.

All work on the market’s renovation will also respect the property's heritage as part of the Town Centre Conservation Area.

The market closed its doors at the start of the lockdown period and has remained closed due to the urgency and severity of some of maintenance works that are required. The approved work will begin immediately, with an anticipated reopening of the market in spring 2022. 

Daniel Ramsay of Turley spokesperson said: "The renovations will deliver a more contemporary, attractive marketplace with new features that will encourage shoppers and visitors to stop and socialise, stay for longer and spend more, also boosting footfall and retail trade in the surrounding area.”

A lease has been signed for the former Topshop unit located at 18-22 Victoria Street for the temporary relocation of stallholders. Preston-based commercial property consultants Robert Pinkus & Co. LLP acted on behalf of the landlord. Blackpool Council and Eddisons, the market’s estate team, have been talking individually with traders about their temporary relocation. Other traders have relocated into council properties around the town centre and some have made their own arrangements with private landlords.

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