New outdoor food and retail market to open on Belfast’s Dublin Road

Work is due to complete this month on the new market which will modernise this part of Belfast. Read on to read all about the new and exciting food and retail market to open on Belfast’s Dublin Road.

One of the most popular areas in south Belfast is set to welcome its newest state-of-the-art food and retail market, with building progressing on the former site of the Movie House Cinema.

Trademarket Belfast is due to open its doors for the first time this summer, adding to the rich bar, restaurant and café culture that already permeates this part of the city.

Work is due to be completed this month on the Dublin Road site, adding a further crown to Belfast’s jewel as the city centre continues to modernise and improve.

What we can expect – food and retail market to open on Belfast’s Dublin Road

New food and retail market to open on Belfast's Dublin Road.
Credit: Facebook / @trademarketbelfast

The new site will be situated next to Bankmore Square. The market isn’t far from some of Belfast city centre’s most iconic spots, such as Weatherspoons, Pug Ugly’s, Filfthies, and The Points.

The outdoor market will host local food and independent retail vendors in shipping containers. There is thus an opportunity for starting and up-and-coming vendors to ply their trade in a prime city spot.

There is to be an emphasis on sustainability, and the project will support small businesses and support a strong community. Commitments have been made to pay staff a fair living wage.

Trademarket was previously known as ‘Box Office’, and proposals for the venue were made under the name Box Office Belfast before a trademark dispute.

What it means for the enterprise – showcasing local talent

This will showcase a lot of new talent in Belfast.
Credit: Facebook / @trademarketbelfast

The site is being temporarily leased by technology company Kainos. Speaking to social media, the founder of the social enterprise that is to run the site, Will Neill, said he was “delighted” that they have agreed to lease the land.

He continued, “Belfast is such an exciting, up-and-coming city, and having a space like this to showcase the very best of our start-up food and retail vendors will be fantastic for tourism and the local community”.

The vendor list is due to be released shortly. So, it won’t be long before we can hit the market and see what it has to offer.

Will you be paying a visit to the new outdoor food and retail market to open on Belfast’s Dublin Road?

What else is coming to Belfast? – an exciting city on the move

As well as the food and retail market to open on Belfast's Dublin Road, a new transport hub will open as well.
Credit: Facebook / @TranslinkNI

Trademarket isn’t the only new development coming to Belfast. There is a new state-of-the-art Transport Hub being built behind the Europa Hotel. It is to be named the Belfast Grand Central Station.

Furthermore, a resident’s challenge to the planned redevelopment of Casement Park has failed. Thus, the long-awaited transformation of the Antrim GAA stadium in west Belfast is now due to host games in 2025.

Seven projects have been included in the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD). This will see £100 million being invested into the ‘Belfast Stories’ redevelopment in the former Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue.

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