Traders set up shop for last time on site of New Covent Garden Market

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Traders have sold their last blooms on the site of the New Covent Garden Market – before stalls relocate to a new setting after 40 years.

Stall holders set up shop for the last time at the building in Nine Elms Lane, in Vauxhall, on Friday.

The market will move down the road to a new location previously used as the historic retailers Main Entrance Site.

The building will allow punters to buy fresh flowers downstairs while florists work upstairs.

Last day: Traders sell for the last time at New Covent Garden Market (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Fresh fruit and veg will also be sold.

Plans for the £2 billion redevelopment for the site were first announced by Wandsworth Council in 2014.

New Covent Garden Market has been based on the 57-acre site for 40 years since it was relocated from Covent Garden in central London.

The new market will open from 4am on April 3 and will continue to trade between 4am and 10am Monday to Saturday.

A spokesman for the redesign said in a statement: “The result is a market that our traders and customers deserve. A better place to trade produce. A better place to buy.”