Update: Wholesale Markets Move
Birmingham City Council has been planning to relocate Digbeth’s historic Wholesale Markets since 2012. Although the Wholesale Market Traders would prefer to remain in the centre, the council’s long-term plans are to develop the land to extend the city core outwards.
The two suggested sites for a new facility at Witton and Washwood Heath have recently been joined by a third location at Signal Point Industrial Park in Tyseley.
The council’s cabinet plans to select the final site for a new Wholesale Market facility this month and begin construction and relocation over the next two years.
The Birmingham Wholesale Fresh Produce Association (BWFPA), which represents the views of traders, is pleased that the Council is actively engaging with the retail markets to mitigate the impact of the move of the wholesale markets. Deputy Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward, has pledged to invest in the retail markets which will stay next to the Bullring.
The BWFPA hope that the move will result in:
- A modern, purpose-built wholesale market, with a design that has the support and approval of traders through detailed consultation;
- Affordable rents and service charges;
- Support with the costs and impact of a move to ensure that all traders who wish to move are able to do so;
- Effective management of the new site, including consultation with the BWFPA in how the site is managed;
- Membership of the BWFPA to be a condition of any approved lease.
We aim to keep our members updated as to progress with the Wholesale Markets move.