Bustling Community Market Branches Out

Since opening in July, Traxx Community Market has breathed life back into the site of Chapeltown’s old market, which had been in decline for over a decade until only a lone fruit and veg seller remained. For decades prior Chapeltown had enjoyed a thriving market that provided a community hub for generations of traders and shoppers alike. Now Traxx Community Market is hoping to resurrect some of that community spirit.

Chapeltown Market Circa 1980

The new Saturday Market was launched on the 4th July, welcoming 2000 people a day for the first few weeks, and it’s still averaging a very respectable 1200 visitors each week. The market currently has 40 stallholders in total, with space for 24 stalls each week. Traxx aims to be more than just a traditional market, with food and drink high on their list of priorities. With ‘Feast Streat’ established as a permanent feature of the market for a range of street food vendors, the addition of the new bar will solidify the market as the place to go for amazing food and drink.  

The Signal Box will be run by Brad and Barrie, the owners of the highly successful ‘Greek Wraps’ pop-up which has been operating from the car park of Chapeltown W.M.C since May. Brad and Barrie have been running Greek Wraps since 2018 and are usually busy from February to Christmas with fayres, festivals, Christmas Markets and other events. However, with Covid-19 cancelling all these, by May the pair were going stir crazy and decided to try and get back up and running. They began with the ‘Greek Wraps’ pop up in the centre of Chapeltown; from there they were perfectly placed to watch the new market grow and when the organisers were looking to establish a permanent bar within the market, an opportunity presented itself. With their experience in hospitality and close ties with both the market and the local community, it was a perfect opportunity for Brad and Barrie to branch out and run the new bar. And so, the Signal Box was born.

The Signal Box will be opening this Saturday, just in time for Halloween, however, while ever Sheffield remains under Tier 3 restrictions, customers must adhere to strict guidelines. For the time being, customers must purchase a substantial meal from one of Traxx’s food outlets and sit down in the specially designed seating area to have their drink order taken.

Going forward it’s hoped that The Signal Box will play a pivotal role in Traxx’s future events, with three special food and drink events planned for 2021 so far, taking place in May, July and October for Halloween. Despite Covid’s best efforts, there’s still plenty left to look forward to in 2020. Traxx are celebrating Halloween with themed activities for the kids including a fancy dress competition, Halloween tombola and free pumpkin carving. There’ll also be weekly Christmas Markets throughout December from the 5th-19th, beginning with a weekend special on the 27th and 28th of November.

For more information, you can find Traxx and The Signal Box online and across social media:

Traxx: https://www.facebook.com/traxxsheffield

The Signal Box: https://www.facebook.com/The-Signal-Box-100434088516657

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