Hot on the trail of winning Cheshire Life’s market of the year, the team at Warrington Market has collected two further accolades.
These new achievements are courtesy of the country’s leading market organisation, the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), as part of their ‘Market Hero’ awards.
Warrington Market’s management team has taken top prize in the Team of the Year category and achieved Highly Commended status in the Innovation category for the digital table ordering system which provided a new way for customers to order and pay for food, drink and goods using any smart device.
Cllr Tom Jennings, cabinet member for economic development and innovation, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations and praise to my council colleagues and everyone at the market who has worked so hard over the past year. The pandemic has certainly brought about its challenges, but in many ways, has brought out the best in people too. These awards recognise the dedication of the market team and the work they have done to help support over 50 of Warrington’s independent retailers, in a new state-of-the-art facility that is a fantastic asset for the whole community to enjoy.”
David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, said: “The judging panel was hugely impressed with the resilience, drive and professionalism of the Warrington Market team. Relocating a market is a major undertaking at the best of times, doing it during a major global pandemic is another thing altogether. It’s a real testament to the dedication of the entire team.”
The old market in Bank Street, closed its doors for the last time after 43 years in the summer of 2017, making way for the new Time Square development. After moving to a new temporary site in September 2017, now home to the Gravity Trampoline Park, traders finally moved in to their permanent, and purpose-built facility in the heart of Time Square in July 2020.
Warrington Market Manager, Andy Ward said: “No one could have predicted the challenges that lay ahead of us at the beginning of 2020, but we are a tightknit, hardworking team and we were determined to get this fabulous new facility open. It’s been a massive effort and a huge success, so receiving recognition from our peers is a real boost for the whole team.”
The market is currently open 9am – 3pm, Monday to Saturday, for essential services, and food takeaway from a selection of Cookhouse vendors is available until 6pm, Monday to Thursday, and until 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday. You can view menus and order takeaway food for collection or delivery at https://pay.yoello.com/g/warrington
Back row (left to right) Market facilities team – Tina Turner, Adele Cassella, Tonio Cassella and Jane Taylor. Front row (left to right) Market management team – Cathy Beck, Paul Blaney, Andy Ward and Jay Seville.