Plymouth Market to open late for the first time ever

Rocco and Edmond Davari inside their Moroccan street food restaurant Souk in Plymouth Market
-Credit: (Image: William Telford)


Plymouth’s indoor market is to open in the evening for the first time tomorrow for people to dine and shop - and if it is popular it could become a regular thing. Plymouth Market will be open for an extra two hours until 7pm on Friday, July 12.

Dubbed Sunset Market, a number of shops and food outlets will be open later with the aim of attracting customers and creating a community atmosphere. Plymouth City Council, which owns the pannier market in the city centre, said the late night opening is going to be on a rolling programme and its success will be measured by the number of visitors, social media engagement and the overall sales increase for participating traders.

Cllr Mark Lowry, cabinet member for finance, said the decision was made after lots of people requested it. He said: “We've been looking to extend the market hours for a while to make it more accessible to everyone, including those who can't visit during regular hours.

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“Over the years we have had a lot of visitor and online feedback requesting to stay open in the evenings. By staying open until 7pm this Friday, we aim to create a vibrant evening atmosphere and give people the opportunity to enjoy the offerings from our traders for longer.

“Both food and retail traders will be participating,” he said. “There’s some amazing food there – why don’t you come along and try some.”

Edmond Davari, who runs Moroccan street food outlet Souk, said: “I’m very excited about it. We are hoping to create an atmosphere and bring people in. It will bring in early evening diners for a nice fun evening with different food options.”

Plymouth Market bosses said they hope people will attend Sunset Market and said: “Enjoy authentic street food, unique shopping, and the community atmosphere for longer. It’s the perfect way to spend your summer Friday evening with friends and family.”

The food outlets taking part include Kawaffle, Everest Flavours, Hedgerow Hound, Souk, Kiku, Pilgrim’s Pasties, Pasta Box, Noodle Hut and the Down Town cafe.

Shops opening include Gifts and Fashions, Forever Green, JustA, AHF Workwear, Local Handbags, Cars and Bears, In Touch, U-nique and Love Army.

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