City Centre Lane is set to become a market

28 Jan 2008

by Graeme Murray, Evening Times

A city centre bar and restaurant is to start Glasgow's first year-round city-centre Sunday market.

Sloans Market will come to life for the first time next month when 40 stall holders representing some of the city's best independent traders will line the lane running from Buchanan Street to Argyle Street.

Sloans bar and restaurant, which sits in the middle of the lane, will also host "Cake Heaven" on the venue's first floor, offering visitors a range of cakes with stalls continuing to the second floor's Grand Ballroom.

The market will offer a mix of bespoke jewellery, food, unique clothing and gifts which will provide an alternative to the city centre, stocking items that cannot be found in high street stores.

The new street fixture will be year-round and it is hoped it will attract thousands more shoppers and tourists to the area, boosting the sales of surrounding shopping areas.

Matthew Hendry, general manager of Sloans, said: "Sloans Market is going to be slightly different from your usual Sunday market.

"The Barras has been an institution in Glasgow and always will be. What we are trying to do with the Sloans Market is bring in something unique that fits the style of Glasgow shoppers today.

"It's going to be great for people living in the city and for tourists who visit the area. It will also bring more people into the city centre, benefiting the retailers in the area as well."

Sloans Market will offer indoor shopping, with stalls based inside the building, as well as outdoor activity.

The market will also make use of Morrison Court outside the bar and, if the weather is good, a barbecue is planned.

The idea for a regular Sunday market stemmed from a Christmas market which was a huge success.

A one-off market was also held during the summer which featured a small bar and a massage area.

Bosses are keen to hear from Scotland's most talented artists, designers and shop owners who could run their own weekly stall.

Matthew added: "We're looking for stall owners who are well established or up and coming, they just have to have a unique product and approach.

"Glasgow is renowned for being a city brimming with creative talent and Sloans Market is going to be where you find it."

The first market will be held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, February 24.

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.