Manchester Arndale Market to reopen after fire caused evacuation - full Manchester City Council statement

A fire on a food stall meant the council needed to do a clean up and carry out some repair works.

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The Arndale Market is reopening on Thursday having been shut for several days after a fire. 

A fire on a food stall saw the whole centre evacuated last Friday and while shoppers were able to return to the shopping centre within a couple of hours, the market has remained closed.  That was due to a need for a full deep clean and some repair work which is now almost complete. Two businesses will however still not be able to trade for the time being. 

The Arndale Market will be back open again on ThursdayThe Arndale Market will be back open again on Thursday
The Arndale Market will be back open again on Thursday

Cllr Luthfur Rahman, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Thanks to some quick repair works by our teams this week we are pleased to confirm that the Arndale Market will reopen today following a fire last weekend. 

"The sprinkler system has been reactivated and the space has undergone a deep clean - and all but two businesses will be able to start trading again immediately. The remaining two units have some outstanding repairs which are being managed by the council and they will be supported to open as soon as possible. 

"Safety is always paramount for both visitors and businesses alike, and we'd like to thank traders again for their patience during this time."