The final stage of Accrington market’s £2m refurbishment has begun with the last of the old market stalls being replaced.
Councillor Marlene Haworth, Hyndburn’s executive member for finance and markets, visited the market hall to check on progress.
The council and the ‘No Limits’ programme have also transformed the upper part of the market hall to provide a facility for a vibrant 21st century business and retail hub.
Councillor Haworth said: "This is an historic day in the life of the market, and is a real turning point for its future. The last market stall has now gone, but throughout the whole project we have taken great pains to keep the original features, while bringing the market bang up to date for modern day shopping."
The three-stage revamp began last year with major repairs to the Victorian building’s roof.
The new-look market will be launched at a ceremony on June 26 when the contractors hand back the new stalls and balcony units to the council.
Cllr Haworth added: "Visitors will be able to see the whole makeover of the market including the galleries – which were once used as reading rooms, and have been transformed into shops housing a variety of small retail and other businesses."
Hyndburn Enterprise Trust will also move in from the Globe Centre and will continue to provide a range of business support services for new and established traders including book keeping, mentoring, and marketing right at the heart of town.