Traditional markets and food halls – is this the future?

There is plenty of new investment in traditional market halls. But what direction is this taking? The debate even made it onto the agenda of the cool SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in 2016. This discussed whether food halls and public markets in the US are making a comeback as local restaurants cluster near food businesses in new market hall developments. It’s a trend going on globally – the blog photograph was taken on Rotterdam’s new Markthal in The Netherlands. However, many believe that traditional (or public) markets have a complimentary function to new food halls. Indeed, the traditional¬† market was doing a bustling trade outside the new Markthal in Rotterdam when this photograph was taken. Traditional markets have been here for our neighbourhood communities for centuries, supplying them with healthy and accessible food and providing support for local businesses. But as cities change and regeneration moves local people out of the centre what happens to this way of shopping for fresh food?¬† Keep reading as we chart current trends.

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