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Jess Adamson: Central Market redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Adelaide

Much like the renaissance of Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct and the commitment from local, interstate and international investors to build premium-grade office buildings and sparkling hotels here, it’s a massive vote of confidence in our city.

As South Australians we feel rightly proud of our market and we don’t want it to lose its unique feel.

It’s critical we get behind them and continue to support our local growers and suppliers.

And it’s critical the character of the place remains intact, long after the developers have gone.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime project and must be done right.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor says that’s exactly the brief the builders have been given.

“This is an opportunity that no other city has, because we’re building from the reputation of the market,”

A luxury $10m penthouse will be the showpiece of the $450m redevelopment of the Adelaide Central Market Arcade.

“The integration and seamless transition of the existing market and the new space is an absolute priority.”

There are more than 70 traders at the market now, many of them lifelong friends, like family.

That family is about to grow, taking the number of traders to 130.

More food, more dining, more South Australian brands – more of what we know and love.

The design includes big open table spaces, opening the door for major events at the market.

There’ll be no big retailers joining the party – but a showcase of our new immigrants and their magnificent food – Sudanese and Nepalese among the new tenants.

One Australia. One market.