Abingdon Street, Blackpool
Abingdon Street comprises of retail units and one set of offices located on the 1st and 2nd floor. The central feature of this street is a 13,000 sq ft Market Hall with over 70 stalls.
Other retail units let on Abingdon Street include Caffe Dolce, The Money Shop and Card Factory.
The 1st and 2nd floor offices are currently vacant with aspirations of transforming them into Artists studios as part of Blackpool’s newly designated Creative Quarter.
Abingdon Street Market History
Built originally as the town’s police station in 1862 by TH Smith, the main contractor for parts of the Winter Gardens, the building originally included offices, four shops and a builders yard to the rear. Previous uses of the property have also included a car showroom and a police station.
It was not until 1928 with the construction of the main hall with its Belfast Truss roof that the building became a market hall.
On Saturday 2 June 2012, the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Sylvia Taylor officially re-launched Abingdon Street Market at following refurbishment work to the frontage.
Improvement work to the historic market, located in the heart of Blackpool town centre between Abingdon Street and Cedar Square included restoring the mock Tudor main frontage with its half timbering and new shop fronts.
The work was funded with the help of a grant from Townscape Heritage Initiative through Blackpool Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
David Donkin, Associate Director for Town Centre Securities PLC said: “It’s great to see this phase of work complete which significantly improves the look of the market and makes this part of Abingdon Street more attractive. We are committed to up-grading this important and historic market hall and will continue to invest in this busy town centre market”.
The Abingdon Street Market manager, Bob Littlewood commented: “The Market is a thriving hub of activity popular with locals and tourists. We offer a traditional market with a range of stalls which appeals to those that want an alternative to supermarkets and shops in the centre of the town”.
Today, the market has more than 70 individual stalls and traders which offer quality fresh fruit, meat and fish, stylish clothing and linen, fashionable jewellery, cosmetics, accessories, hair and beauty and many other popular consumer goods.
If you are interested in renting a stall within this vibrant indoor market please contact Bob Littlewood, the Market Manager on 01253 291874.