Abingdon Street Market
13 March 2023
by Visit Blackpool
Blackpool Council has unveiled the operators for the transformed Abingdon Street Market.
Blackpool Council used £3.6m of funding from Getting Building Fund to purchase the market, in the heart of Blackpool town centre, and carry out a full internal refurbishment securing its long-term future.
The Little Blackpool Leisure Company Limited, made up of Blackpool born directors Andrew Shields and James Lucas, and locally based Jake Whittington have now agreed terms with Blackpool Council to bring the market into their portfolio of local, successful businesses.
The market will join the company’s existing Blackpool ventures including the South American street joint Common Bar and Kitchen and Nook Wine Room & Terrace.
The renovated market will see a bright, modern space created with new glazed doors and windows, including:
A new 250 seating area for socialising and enjoying food and beverages purchased in the market
Six dedicated food outlets and two bar areas
A range of units providing food produce, artisan stalls and flexible retail space for independent traders
Café/coffee stall and bar area
The updated market space will provide fantastic opportunity for local people and visitors to enjoy a new, contemporary space with an exciting and fresh offer unlike anywhere else in Blackpool.
Andy Shields, Director of Little Blackpool Leisure Company Limited, said:
“We’re thrilled to share this amazing news! Abingdon Street Market is - quite literally - the heart of our town centre and it means so much to everyone in the Blackpool area, as so many of us will have memories of visiting the market throughout the years. And that's exactly why it's so important to us that we retain that sense of the space being a local landmark which caters for local people.
"Inspired by the other successful market propositions in the area such as the Mackie Mayor in Manchester and Baltic Market in Liverpool, our ambition is to turn Abingdon Street Market into the beating heart of our town centre, bringing a mix of quality and most importantly local food vendors and traders under one roof.
"We can't wait to start speaking to local businesses to really bring our vision of the market to life – and, of course, opening our doors later this year."
The first phase of Abingdon Street Market is anticipated to open in June 2023.
If you are interested in learning more about trading / general opportunities available at Abingdon Street Market, please contact Little Blackpool Leisure Limited via this link: www.abingdonstreet.market
Abingdon Street Market has received £3.6 million from the UK Government through the Getting Building Fund and £300,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and £90k from the UK Government through the Historic England Heritage Action Zone programme.