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Independents Day: 11 new independent food and drink stalls at Southport Market confirmed

Independents Day: 11 new independent food and drink stalls at Southport Market confirmed
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All ten food independent food traders for the new look Southport Market have now been revealed, along with the operator of the facility’s new bar. 

The news is an exciting boost to Southport ahead of Independents Day UK 2021, which takes place this weekend (Saturday, 3rd July and Sunday, 4th July). 

Independents’ Day UK is a campaign that exists to support and promote independent retail businesses across the UK all year round, but with an annual focus on and around 4th July Independents Day itself. Independents account for around 65% of the approximately 290,000 retail outlets in the UK and are at the heart of local communities throughout the country.

The full list of confirmed Southport Market traders is as follows:

Blackhurst Butchers

600 degrees (Pizzas, Italian)

Hector’s Mexicana (Mexican street food)

Pacific By Vincent (Pacific Rim inspired foods)

Down and Oot (Canadian steaks, poutine, hot sandwiches)

King St. Bakery (Portuguese tarts)

Messy Moments (Desserts)

Birkdale Pie & Mash (Assorted pies)

Allotment – (American Burgers et al)

Pitamu (Greek & Mediterranean)

Pitamu, a vibrant Greek street food stall ,is due to open inside the new look Southport Market

Pitamu, a vibrant Greek street food stall ,is due to open inside the new look Southport Market

The bar will be run by Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group, which already runs The Bold Hotel, Lord Street Hotel and Punch Tarmey’s in Southport. 

The brand new Southport Market will officially open its doors in mid-July, in time for a scorching summer of tasty treats, thirst quenching drinks and much more.

A host of traders, including a newly revealed Pacific Rim & Sushi inspired food stall by the Vincent Hotel, will be ready to welcome visitors to the incredible market space the week commencing 19th July, following months of planning and refurbishment works.

The £1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan for Southport, is also supported by a flexible events area able to host high-quality pop-up markets along with other events. 

Events include the new Southport Makers Market, which will take place for the second time this Sunday (4th July) with over 65 stalls lining up next to Southport Market along Market Street between 11am and 4pm. 

Linda Parsons from Naked Peak in Southport at Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Linda Parsons from Naked Peak in Southport at Southport Makers Market. Photo by Phil Gee of Stand Up For Southport

Paul Adams, owner of the Vincent Hotel, said he is delighted to reveal an expansion to his team of talented chefs, who will be taking up residency at Southport Market.

He said: “There’s a new Vincent in town! We have been working hard with Sefton Council to open a new food offering within the market.

“Pacific by Vincent will open alongside nine other local vendors and we are so excited to welcome residents and visitors to what is an amazing regeneration of the market.

“Pacific will be serving many of our popular Vincent speciality dishes, from our beautiful salmon sushi rolls to our ‘gringo’ Sushi range for non-fish lovers and Pacific Rim inspired food including our award winning duck spring rolls.

“We cannot wait to welcome our existing regulars and hopefully many more new customers to this exciting venture which is a great step in boosting the local economy and tourism in Southport.”

An incredible feature bar, described as the centrepiece of the new Southport Market crown, will be managed by the Mikhail Leisure group, famous for the successful Bold Hotel, Punch Tarmey’s and much more.

Andrew Mikhail, owner of The Mikhail group, said: “Yet again, the great team at Sefton Council have had fabulous vision with their regeneration plans for the market.

“Not only creating jobs for locals but I am certain that this will bring people from far and wide to Southport.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “July will be a very exciting time and we cannot wait to welcome thousands of visitors through the Market’s gates.

“We are delighted to see all the hard work of our Tourism team and partners coming to fruition and to be able to complete this project on time and to such an incredible standard is a testament to our commitment to Southport and Sefton.

“Every single trader comes to the market with a passion and desire to ensure this project is a success and we are confident this will be one of the North West’s best food & drink gems.

“We look forward to working with our traders and stall holders at what is an iconic location in the heart of Southport and, most importantly, welcoming residents and visitors to enjoy the space we have worked so hard to create.”

The Southport Market project has been led by Sefton Council and partners, supported by £900,000 funding from the Southport Town Deal and £500,000 funding from the Liverpool City Region.

While Sefton Council and its contractors are working towards this opening, the date is subject to change pending any further changes to easing of lockdown restrictions by Public Health England and Central Government.

Find out more details about Southport BID at southportbid.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In on @southportBID For more details and to buy the new Southport Gift Card please visit www.southportgiftcard.co.uk 

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