Caledonian Road Market in Islington is going to re-open but this time with a real local element.
The market was closed earlier this year due to a lack of continuity among its offerings but now thanks to the work of Paul O’Brien of the Sunflour Bakery in Caledonian Road and local residents, the market is to be re-launched.
Mr O’Brien, who has worked on stalls in Borough and Broadway Markets for 15 years, told the Islington Gazette: “Last time they tried all the farmers market stuff and it didn’t work, maybe because of the prices and it was in the road. We’re moving it to the square so it’s more pedestrianised and we want to make it much more of a local market. Local people and local businesses.”
The Cally Road is one of the only high streets left in London that is dominated by independent shops and the market wants to reflect this.
The market will move to Tilloch Street and will be run by a panel of 16 trustees made up of stallholders and residents. Cllr Paul Convery, who has been helping to get things up and running, said: “The main thing we want to emphasise is that for people who want to start a local business this is a great opportunity. A place like Cally Road can be very expensive to get premises but the cost of setting up a stall is quite small.”
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“Not only is this going to be a great market for residents, but it is also a fantastic business opportunity,” says Alina Banionyte, lettings manager at the Islington branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Local markets are really the lifeblood of a community when residents get behind them.”