A former shoe factory in Preston is undergoing extensive renovations to welcome the Northside Food Hall, a shared marketplace for traders, eateries and entertainment.
Co-founder Alistair Kennedy (former manager at The Metro, Inflation Nightclub and Cargo Bar) plans to showcase local and emerging talent in a more formal arrangement than a pop-up market. Vendors can apply for long-term tenancies, but the market will shift and change as tenants’ businesses grow and develop.
“We wouldn’t want to lock [tenants] in,” Kennedy says. “We didn’t want to recreate another shopping centre. We are looking for a combination of craftspeople, artisans, growers – people that are taking that next step up from a market stall or food truck.”
There are nine stalls available for tenancy in the High Street building, which has a license to trade from 7am to midnight. Kennedy hopes to see a diverse mix of hawkers that reflects the vibrant culture in Preston.
“There will be communal seating, individual stalls and kiosks, a central bar as well as enough space for live entertainment,” he says.
Northside Food Hall is scheduled for completion in February 2019. Applications are now open and can be submitted here.