After two years of construction work, the city market finally took place at Place de Paris on Thursday.
The new weekly market hopes to breathe life into the district. Thursday saw ten stalls line each side of the Place de Paris, with food and drink stalls on one side of the tram rails and clothing, accessories and other items on the other side. The stall owners present expressed optimism regarding the future of the market and said the new location was particularly well placed to welcome numerous potential customers from the nearby tram stop.
A big advantage is that the market stays at the location until 2pm, which allows employees in the area to benefit from the offers during their lunch time.
Although only few people were present during the opening at 7.30am on Thursday, they expressed their pleasure over the square's fresh look, as well as the disappearance of the construction site. Some customers hope that the variety of stalls will still increase, given that there is no fruit or vegetable seller yet.
In the context of the "D'Stad Lieft" ("The City is Alive") summer programme, a carousel will also be installed at the Place de Paris.