Since it opened its doors one year ago, around five million visitors have shopped at Manchester Arndale Market.
A staggering 36,400 people have had their hair cut and 2,184 rings have been sold. Shoppers have consumed around 1.5 tons of Italian cheese and more than 100 sharks!
On Saturday September 29 traders will be celebrating with balloons, birthday cake and goody bags for customers. There will be entertainment including face painting, stilt-walkers and fancy dress characters. Radio station Key 103 will be at the market from 10.30pm to 2.30pm to lead the celebrations.
The best in British and specialist foods, vegetables, meats, specialist breads and pastries and hand-made produce, are on sale offering shoppers a distinctive and sophisticated choice along with the traditional hustle and bustle of a market.
There are also lots of services including hairdressers, beauty bars, clothing alterations and shoe stalls. The market is part of the £150million redevelopment of the Manchester Arndale, which was funded by Prudential Property Investment Managers Ltd (PruPIM). Manchester City Council is working in partnership with them to deliver the best experience in shopping.
Councillor Eddy Newman, executive member for markets, said: "The Manchester Arndale Market offers the best market traditions and caters to the tastes of all Mancunians. Its first year has proved to be a great success. With a unique range of products and services within a modern and vibrant environment, I am sure the weekend celebrations will be the first of many."
Margaret Blackburn, Tel: 0161 234 4014