A couple of snippets of good news for Woolwich. Firstly, food market operators Street Feast, behind the Model Market in Lewisham and a food market in Dalston amongst others could be coming to Woolwich according to a report for a Greenwich Council meeting.

Existing traders will move out by January before the proposal for Street Feast to takeover with hopes of an April 2017 start, according to the agenda of Greenwich Council’s Regeneration, Transport & Culture Scrutiny Panel meeting, which contains this:

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The current covered market has been limping along with a small number of traders for as long as I can remember. It struggled to attract locals – either long-standing or new.

Street Feast markets in other parts of London have attracted a wide range of good food and drink stalls that have wider appeal. Existing stall holders have been offered alternative sites by Greenwich Council and hopefully food stalls of decent quality will remain with Street Feast. I’ve heard there’s a good quality Nepali food stall, for example, which will hopefully be able to return after a short-term move.

Spray Street Masterplan

It’ll only be a short term market as the entire site will be levelled for the Spray Street project. A project by St Modwen and Notting Hill Housing with 600 homes, many new shops and commercial space including a cinema, it initially had plans for a replacement covered market which would face onto the existing outdoor market:

Early render
Early render

Latest plans have ditched that idea. The success of a new temporary market could indicate whether a permanent replacement is feasible.

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Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer have also returned to the town, located in a unit over the road from the indoor market beneath a new tower by the forthcoming Crossrail station. The new food-only store opened this morning.

It’s raised a fair amount of excitement on social media, which probably says more about just how lacking Woolwich is than the quality of this addition, but it certainly adds more variety to the town, as it once did.

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