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London Food Hall Juggernaut Closes Essex Space With Some Traders Taking £10 a Day

Market Halls’ first venture outside the capital did not go as planned

Market Halls at Intu Lakeside Has Closed Exentia Group [Official Photo]

Market Halls tried to replicate its success outside London

Market Halls has closed its food hall at Intu Lakeside in Essex after under six months, with traders taking as little as £10 a day, according to Essex Live. Traders cited low-to-non-existent footfall, customers bringing in food from external restaurants, and a lack of marketing intiative from Intu and Market Halls for the failure, while Market Halls said, “We were very excited about the promise of the expansion plans of intu Lakeside but due to a variety of reasons, including delays to the opening of other key tenants, we never saw the levels of footfall required to sustain a business of our nature.”

The food hall juggernaut, which has sites in Fulham, Victoria, and the West End, had transplanted its London brands into the Intu site, including dumpling slingers BaoziInn, fried chicken from Mother Clucker, and Fanny’s Kebabs. It plans to open in Canary Wharf later this year. [Essex Live]

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