Market Operations, the team behind Altrincham Market, is due to start trading from the 12,700 sq ft grade two listed building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 3 October.
Planning permission was granted in September 2016, after Muse Developments completed the restoration of the building, located on Swan Street, earlier that year.
Nine independent food businesses will operate from the city centre site, eight of which already operate out of Altrincham Market. These include Honest Crust Pizza, Tendor Cow, Fin, Bao House, Katie’s Cakes, Reserve Wines, Black Jack Brewery., and Naationale 7. The additional operator is Atkinsons of Lancaster.
The brainchild of Nick Johnson, former Urban Splash deputy chief executive, and Jennifer Thompson, Market Operations opened Altrincham Market in 2014.
Often touted as the catalyst for the market town’s regeneration, other North West developers are looking for the ‘Altrincham effect’, such as in McGoff’s acquisition of the Urmston Market site.
With a capacity to seat over 400 people in a central communal seating area, there will be a strictly no-bookings policy in Mackie Mayor. According to planning documents, the market will see 105 full and part time jobs created.
Mackie Mayor, which dates back to 1854, was once home to an established meat market but has lain empty since the earlier nineties. It is the only remaining fully intact building from the former Smithfield market, and its restoration completed Muse’s wider development of the area, which took place across 14 years.
The planning proposals said: “It is anticipated that the proposed use will add to the life and vitality of the Northern Quarter in the same way that Market House has to Altrincham.”