The Arndale Market is reopening today after fire and water damage last week

Lunch times are saved!

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 16th November 2023

Manchester’s beloved Arndale Market will finally reopen today, almost a week after it was shuttered by a fire.

Shoppers were evacuated from the centre on Friday afternoon with a large presence from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue.

Many of the street food traders and small businesses within the Arndale Market suffered water damage when the fire triggered the sprinkler system.

Witnesses reported seeing fire crews ‘sweeping out water’ from the Arndale Market.

It’s been shut ever since while essential repair works and cleaning was taken out.


And now Manchester City Council has confirmed that all but two traders will be able to reopen today.

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 (Thurs 16 November) 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.”


Traders who had been closed by the fire included Rack, Little Piece of Bahia, Takoyaki Master, Dunkin Burgers, Hong Thai, Pancho’s Burritos, and Zorba’s.

Over the years, the Arndale Market has also launched plenty of local restaurant ventures, from Salt n Pepper to Viet Shack to Wholesome Junkies.

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Featured image: The Manc Group