Picture Shows From Left To Right, Esther Worboys, Chris McGoff And Thom Hetherington On The Market Site In Urmston
Left to right: Esther Worboys, WMC sales and marketing manager; McGoff director Chris McGoff; Thom Hetherington

Operator appointed for Urmston’s Market 41

McGoff Group has confirmed WMC Retail Partners as operator for its indoor food hall next to Urmston market, working alongside Northern Restaurant & Bar Show chief executive Thom Hetherington.

London-based WMC was initially appointed by McGoff to work up a feasibility study for the market, but has now been chosen to develop a full business plan and to coordinate all aspects of the project, including lettings, layout, and legal agreements.

The proposed development is to include a mix of around 10 to 12 food and drink operators positioned around a 180-cover central seating area, akin to the successful Altrincham Market and Mackie Mayor in Manchester.

Hetherington has also been appointed by McGoff in a consultancy role on the project and will contribute to the “concept and design” of the building and the different potential occupiers.

He said: “Urmston is already a great place to live with bags of potential.  Combining well known high street names with an ever growing and popular blend of independents, it’s a place that’s definitely on the up and the perfect location for this new market hall which promises to provide an extra dynamic to the flourishing food and drink offering in the town.

“I look forward to contributing to the concept and design of the building and blend of food and drink operators focusing on local artisan traders to create a real point of difference.”

McGoff said work was likely to begin on the project later this year with a proposed opening date of early 2019. The site was acquired in August 2017, and outline planning permission has already been granted. Alongside the market hall, McGoff plans to build three five-bedroom houses.

Director Chris McGoff added: “The overall concept, blend of operators and operating framework are essential to getting this project right and I’m confident that with WMC and Thom on board we can create a fantastic new asset for Urmston that becomes a key part of the town.”

The professional team on the project also includes architect Street Design Partnership.

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I wish them luck as there are already plenty of places to eat and drink.

By L Williams

Looks like an album cover from the 60’s

By Gerry Pacemaker

So we lose a market or will that be moved elsewhere

By Martyn Pogson

Great idea Stretford is going down hill while Urmston is bloomiing

By Red

Will the monthly artisan markets still trade and if so where?

By Evelyn Niland

No Urmston is not blooming we don’t have flowers any more just weeds in the summer.

By p sinclair

Instead of building three five bedroom houses build ones which local people can afford

By Dave

Are all Urmston people poor Dave?

By Alistair C

Will the existing market hall be included in the proposed plans ?

By B Kelly