The council have bought the former BHS building in Scunthorpe town centre as part of the project to create a bright and vibrant new market in the town.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, welcomed the purchase of the new market. He said: “This is the next step in creating a modern new market for the people of Scunthorpe and wider North Lincolnshire.”
The regeneration of Scunthorpe Market forms part of a wider £60m scheme to revitalise the town centre. Engagement with traders is continuing during the design process for the new site, following on from positive workshops held with the traders last month.
The new market site will offer opportunities to both new and existing market traders.
Cllr Waltham continued: “Scunthorpe Market is a focal point for the town and after a positive reaction to the plans announced last month we’re keen to press ahead and deliver this scheme.
“The new market plans are part of our vision to regenerate Scunthorpe and bring people into the town centre. The £1m facelift for Scunthorpe Central Library is another part of that overall project which we’re looking forward to opening next month.
“As well as shoppers’ favourite stalls, creating this new market gives us the opportunity to extend the market offer and be open to new market traders looking to launch or expand in Scunthorpe.
“We’re continuing to speak to traders throughout this process, and we’re keen to hear from residents too, to make sure we create a bright and vibrant new market that works for everybody.”