Markets History of Manchester's Markets

A glance at the future

The New Smithfield wholesale market was re-located to huge purpose-built premises in Openshaw in 1973, and is now one of the largest wholesale markets in the country.

Longsight Market opened in 1974, and was redeveloped in 2002 to represent the diversity of the local community.  Wythenshawe Market, established in 1975, moved to it's current location in 1997. Since 2008 Gorton Market has been based in a new indoor.  The Arndale Market moved to it's new single floor location in 2006 on the upper floor of the Manchester Arndale Centre.

From it's humble beginnings as a small Sunday car boot, located at the New Smithfield Market, The Sunday Market and Car Boot has grown dramatically in popularity to become one of the largest Sunday Markets in the North West.

Church Street's stalls - the last remaining descendants of Manchester's original market - were finally demolished at the beginning of 2010, with a new purpose built market opening in March of the same year.
Manchester's Specialist Markets team have taken a few small and unique markets in Piccadilly and St Ann's Sq and helped them become an essential part of the fabric of our city centre.

The phenomenon that is our annual Christmas Market grows in size and prestige with every year, so much so that Christmas in the city simply wouldn't be the same without them.

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