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.
Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation, said:
Andy Shields, Director of Little Blackpool Leisure Company Limited
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.
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.