The newly renovated Pontypool Indoor Market was formally re-launched on Friday 10th July 2015 by the Minister for Finance and Government Business Jane Hutt.
The Grade II listed building, which dates from 1893/4, has undergone an extensive £2.5 million refurbishment over the last three years, and the final touches were completed in June 2015.
There has been a surge of interest from independent traders as the new market has taken shape, with 31 businesses currently operating stalls and new traders, including a fishmonger, due to come in in the next few weeks. Many of the existing traders have also expanded into additional stalls to manage demand for their services.
The refurbishment has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Heads of the Valleys Programme through the Welsh Government, Pontypool Regeneration Partnership, Heritage Lottery Fund and Torfaen County Borough Council.
Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt, said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to see first hand the transformation of Pontypool Indoor Market, and pleased that EU funds have made a significant contribution to this refurbishment.
“EU funding is playing an important role in strengthening our economy and creating a positive climate for business growth across Wales, and this is an excellent local example.
It’s wonderful to see how the market has been brought back to life and I’m sure that the refurbishment will support business growth and attract many new visitors.”
The market is a strategically important building in Pontypool, playing a key role in the town’s wider regeneration, and acting as a hub for small independent traders.
Councillor Lewis Jones, executive member for regeneration, said: “Pontypool Market is a gem at the heart of the town centre, offering shoppers a more personal, friendly shopping experience. The public, and the traders themselves, have been very patients over the last three years while the renovation work has been taking place, and this launch is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone for their cooperation.
“It is also a chance to look ahead to the market’s future – we now have a really diverse range of products and services available in the market and this is only going to grow in the coming months. I would urge anyone who may not have been to the market for some time to pay us a visit and see what is on offer.”
Any businesses interested in trading at the market should contact Sharon Hutchinson on 01495 742757 or visit the Ponytpool Indoor Market area of the website
Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Llun 13th Gorffennaf 2015