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Southport Market's £3.3m revamp has official reopening

Artist impression of Southport Market
Image caption The redevelopment of the market has taken about three years to complete

A 130-year-old Merseyside market has officially reopened to the public following a £3.3m redevelopment.

The revamp of Southport Market has seen the market hall modernised and owners Sefton Council said the changes would also see an emphasis on local food.

Council leader Peter Dowd said he believed "visitors will be really impressed by the transformation".

"We hope this is a bright new era for Southport Market," he said.

The three-year transformation of the 16,000 sq ft (1,486 sq m) hall has been managed by developers Quarterbridge.

Director Raymond Linch said: "The market was on the verge of being closed down [and] was quite tired and quite dowdy.

"Now we have the most wonderful independent retailers in a beautiful fit-out that will hopefully attract lots of people into Southport."

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