Chesterfield’s Market Hall has finally opened after a £4m redevelopment.
The controversial project which has taken 12 months to complete has seen the main retail hall transformed with a glazed atrium and the 1970s extension on New Square has been redesigned.
The majority of existing traders have been offered space in the new-look building and are currently fitting out their premises.
Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader John Burrows said: “I am proud that at a time of cuts, when many councils have been forced to scale down their markets, we have been able to invest in the Market Hall and the traders who offer a wide range of choice to shoppers in Chesterfield.
“I’d like to thank the traders for their patience while the work has been carried out and I hope they are as excited as I am to see the jewel of the market place restored to its full glory.”
The new Market Hall offers a wide variety of stalls including perfume, mobile phone repairs, sweets, footwear, wools, butchery and seafood.
A central cafe area is at the heart of the ground floor operated by Market Plaza Cafe, managed by mother and daughter team, Lynne and Shannon Benison.
The Assembly Rooms have been restored to their former glory and will host the CAMRA beer festival, on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.
£2.1 million for the project was provided by the European Regional Development fund and Lottery grant with the remainder by Chesterfield Borough Council.
The building will open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and the butchers and cafe will open from 8am.