A composite market: fruit, veg, fish, meat and dairy under one roof

Spitalfields Market (fruit and vegetables), which operates  under a Royal Charter granted in 1682, moved out of the City to a 31 acre site in East London in 1999. High rise flats and offices were built on part of the site but one Grade II listed building is still a market selling goods. The old market was mentioned in a short film about the area which can be seen here.

new spitalfields interiorAt its East London centre is the Market Hall, housing more than 100 trading units for wholesalers dealing in fruit, vegetables and flowers, equipped to the latest standards with facilities that include cold storage rooms, ripening rooms and racking for palletised produce. Janet Hutchinson, chief executive of the Spitalfields Market Tenants’ Association, “married into the market”, and runs New Spitalfields Market alongside her husband Chris, who is the chairman of the tenants’ association.

It would reduce the carbon footprint for the catering industry – what an amazing sell that would be

The Fresh Produce Journal reports Chris Hutchinson’s hope for the future:

“There is no other market like New Spitalfields anywhere in the country,” he says. “But what I would really like to see is a composite market: fruit, veg, fish, meat and dairy, all under one roof. Paris has got it, so why shouldn’t we? It would reduce the carbon footprint for the catering industry – what an amazing sell that would be.”

A lot of effort has gone into ensuring that the market can operate as close to normal as possible during the Olympic Games, planning ahead for the huge impact that road restrictions will have on distribution of fresh produce to London and the South East.

For more news of the move under former chairman Jim Heppel (pictured above & original here) –  and of Spitalfields past and present – visit a charming website Spitalfields Life.

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