Hull’s Trinity Market, home to a range of independent and creative businesses, is at full capacity for the first time in its 117-year history.
Trinity Indoor Market has provided local produce from independent traders for more than a hundred years.
The historic market has changed significantly over the years. Butchers with sawdust on the floor and fishmongers draining iced-fish fresh from trawlers have been replaced with the diverse and all-inclusive community that it is today, which includes tastes and cuisines from all over the world, bike repairs, freshly baked bread and rows of traders selling all kinds of treasures.
Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “Trinity Market is a remarkable success story, and stands as evidence of Hull’s incredible creative and independent community.
“We’ve seen all types of independent businesses make the market their home and contribute something new, fresh and exciting to the city– and long may it continue.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for the Old Town, with ongoing investment evident all over the area, and Trinity Market continues to play a vital role in the Old Town regeneration.”
Trinity Market underwent a multi-million pound investment in 2017 before the new-look market was unveiled in 2018. The refurbishment not only improved facilities and the space for existing businesses, but also enticed new traders to the market which resulted in the diverse community that the market has today. The refurbishment also meant the market could be used as an events space.
Lucy Lines, Trinity Market manager, said: “A market is a crucial part of a city’s community; a meeting place, a feasting place, a place to buy necessities, gifts and also treat yourself.
“The market’s food hall alone can provide something for all tastes and dietary requirements, and allows for the convenience of a group all being able to eat a different meal.
“The curation of such a diverse market is an ever-evolving job. The market is a great place to start-up for independent business before they move to larger premises, but it is also a great place to stay and call home – some of our traders have been based in the market for more than 40 years.
“Trinity Market is our ‘supermarket’ of the city centre, you can buy everything from bread, meat and vegetables, to shoelaces, chocolate, washing powder, toothpaste, bath bombs, clothing and vinyl.
“With city centre living expanding, the market’s accessibility and diversity plays a core role in the city’s life.
“Trinity Market at full capacity has been a long-term goal and we are thrilled to have accomplished it.”
Trinity Market works with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and its young trader’s scheme which encourages and supports the market trader life for future generations. This year Trinity Market will once again be entering the NMTF’s Young Trader of the Year competition.