Holmfirth Market is on the move to a new temporary location from next week.
The final market in its current home will be held today (Saturday May 13) as Holmfirth Market Hall is to be demolished as part of the £7.47 million Holmfirth Blueprint.
The market – to be known as Holmfirth Community Market – will move to an outdoor location at Crown Bottom, between the Co-op car park and the Methodist Church.
The new market will trade on Thursday and Saturday mornings with a selection of traders offering fruit and vegetables, homemade bread, cheese and fish. The first market will be Thursday May 18.
Kirklees Council wanted to cease operating the market and in December 2021 handed over a licence to a new group, Holmfirth Forward.
The council, working in collaboration with Holmfirth Forward, has had the support of the Holme Valley Parish Council to help minimise disruption of the market move ensuring a smooth transition for traders.
Clr Will Simpson, Cabinet member for culture and greener Kirklees, said: “Continuing to have a market in Holmfirth, which proudly considers itself to be a market town, will contribute to the overall retail offer to both residents and visitors. Hopefully it will act as driver to increase footfall across the town so all businesses can benefit.
“Support from traders and residents will be imperative to the success of Holmfirth Community Market and I firmly believe the people of Holmfirth and surrounding areas will provide this.”
A spokesman for Holmfirth Community Market said the aim was to grow the market into a “lively, modern market which serves local people and attracts visitors.”
The spokesman added: “Building on Holmfirth’s rich heritage Holmfirth Community Market will help to secure its future as a vital and vibrant market town.
“The market is just a great community space where traders come together to sell handmade goods, locally grown and sourced food, and much more. It will help contribute towards the regeneration of Holmfirth, creating a better and more vibrant town that we love.”
The Holmfirth Blueprint will see the old market hall demolished with an extension to the existing Huddersfield Road car park to create a new public events space, which will eventually become the market’s permanent location.