Jacky White’s market will make history on Monday – just by opening its doors.
It will be the first time stall-holders in Jacky White’s have been able to trade on a bank holiday since it opened in the 1920s.
We are absolutely delighted that the market is now going to be open on this and every other Bank Holiday MondayBridges centre manager Andy Bradley
The indoor market, part of The Bridges shopping centre, has always been a popular attraction in the city centre, with a range of stalls offering everything from fruit and vegetables to jewellery.
Coun Michael Mordey, Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for city services, said the move to Bank Holiday trading was welcome news.
“Jacky White’s Market provides an additional option for city centre shoppers, with quality goods at market prices, so it’s great news that they are moving forward with opening on Bank Holiday Mondays,” he said.
“The improved opening times offer a better service to their existing customers and will hopefully also encourage new customers into the market.”
His words were echoed by Bridges centre director Andy Bradley.
“We are absolutely delighted that the market is now going to be open on this and every other Bank Holiday Monday,” he said.
“It’s yet another reason for shoppers to come into Sunderland city centre on a day off work and have a huge range of choices.
“Jacky White’s market is a Sunderland landmark and is really popular with local people and visitors so it’s fantastic news that we can launch this on a weekend when the city will be so busy because of the Foo Fighters concert at the Stadium of Light.”
Stall-holders in the market have welcomed the chance to extend their opening hours, with most of them opening on the day.
Joanne Ibbitson, of long-standing Jacky White’s business Ibbitson’s Butchers, said: “We’re a real traditional market with a proud history.
“But shopping habits have changed so much in recent years that we thought the time was right to break with this particular tradition.
“These days shoppers want the best fresh foods and bargains on bank holidays just like every other day. We’re looking forward to offering just that.
“It’ll give our existing customers extra choice and I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of new faces too.”
The market will be open from 11am to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday and on subsequent bank holidays throughout the year.