Latest News - April 2021
Chrisp Street Market prepares to reopen with raft of new traders
As the nation prepares for an easing of lockdown restrictions, the traders at Chrisp Street Market are busy preparing to welcome customers back to the centre. Lockdown has also seen a raft of new, exciting retailers take residence in the popular market, offering an expanded range of products and services to cater for rising demand from customers to shop local.
In addition to extra health and safety measures installed across the centre, a number of resident traders have also updated their offering to better serve customers as we emerge from restrictions. Fashion retailer, Rose London, has used the past few months' closure as an opportunity to refurbish the entire store, including a large open sales floor that caters for social distancing. Maureen’s cafe, has added a new canopy area, as well as introducing outdoor eating facilities to allow customers to gather and enjoy its classic East-London pie and mash.
In addition to upgrades, Chrisp Street Market has welcomed a number of new traders within its lock-up units, expanding the centres’ offering ahead of an easing of lockdown restrictions. Visitors will now be able to purchase a wide collection of products - from fresh fruit and vegetables, to school uniforms, phone accessories and stationery products. There is even a new satellite money exchange at the market - an expansion of the current Money Transfer business.
Simon Carroll, Engagement Coordinator at Chrisp Street, comments: “All of us at Chrisp Street are looking forward to an easing of lockdown measures - allowing our non-essential stores to open and a gradual return of usual activities. As we enter the ‘new normal’, it’s been inspiring to see the entrepreneurial spirit of many of our traders in adapting their offering to meet changing shopper demands. We are also thrilled to be welcoming a host of new traders to the market - providing a vast range of products to cater for shoppers who increasingly want to shop local. There is no doubt the past year has been challenging, but we have seen a real sense of community spirit emerge from both local shoppers and our traders, and we are excited to welcome in a new era for Chrisp Street.”
Chrisp Street Market is undergoing significant regeneration, which will see the market transformed into a vibrant new mixed use space. Telford Homes, in partnership with Popla HARCA, is set to deliver over 600 new homes in the area, as well as a new market and retail space. The regeneration will consist of a refurbishment of the current shops through the building of a new and large market, making way for new shops and a market canopy.
Latest News - January 2021
Shoppers on Chrisp Street supported their local businesses in December and participated in the Great Chrisp Street Giveaway, with purchases at retailers across the centre.
Our lucky early bird and star prize winners have won themselves a range of fantastic prizes from vouchers to spend at participating stores to an HD TV and PS5. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you for supporting Chrisp Street during the festive season.
Latest News - December 2020
Chrisp Street market is bringing some much-needed Christmas cheer to the local community, with a stunning festive light display.
The beautiful installation will light up the centre with sparkling bright lights as we enter the busy Christmas period, coinciding with the opening of all Chrisp Street retailers on 3rd December. Two large Christmas trees with beautiful decorations have also been erected in Market Square and in front of the Ideas Store, alongside a host of festive decorations designed to lift the spirits of shoppers, tenants and the local community after a difficult year.
Festive music will play across the centre throughout the Christmas period – and customers will even be offered the chance to use the sound system to send personal messages to loved ones they cannot be in contact with this Christmas.
The Great Chrisp Street Giveaway
In addition to the lighting display, shoppers at Chrisp Street Market will also have the chance to win over £2,000 worth of great prizes, with every purchase made – as part of the Chrisp Street Great Prize Giveaway. Customers at participating retailers across the centre will be entered into a prize draw with every purchase made between 3rd – 23rd December. With twenty prizes up for grabs, ranging from toys and beauty products, to electronics, it is the perfect chance to snap up a gift for a loved one, or a well-deserved treat for yourself.
To kick things off, an ‘Early Bird’ Prize Draw will be drawn on Thursday 10th December – giving ten lucky early entrants the chance to win a £30 voucher to spend at participating stores across the centre until the end of January. The remaining fantastic prizes and star prize bundle, which is a 43” TV 4K Ultra HD and PS5, will be drawn on Wednesday 23rd December. To be in with a chance to win, shoppers need only collect their printed or stamped receipt from purchases in participating stores, write their name, postcode and telephone number on the back and pop it into the collection box placed outside of the Management Office at 19 Market Square. Full information and Terms & Conditions can be viewed here
The Chrisp Street Great Prize Giveaway – Terms & Conditions:
o 10 Great prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 23rd December at 10am
o Winners can collect their prizes up to midday on 24th December or between 4th to 22nd January 2021, from the management office
o Shoppers can participate by
Purchasing goods from any participating CSM outlet
Collecting their pre- printed or stamped receipt from the store, with your purchases
Writing their name, postcode and telephone number on the back of the receipt
Posting your receipt into the collection boxes in the centre
No limit to the number of receipts that can be entered per shopper
Receipts must be for the value of £3 or more
Receipts must be dated between 3/12/20 until 23/12/20
No purchase necessary if entered by sending a name, address and contact details by Royal Mail post to Prize Draw, The Management Office, 19 Market Square, London E14 0NT to arrive before 10 am on 23rd December 2020. Entries received after 10 am on the 23rd December will not be eligible. On receipt a ticket shall be entered into the draw on your behalf. (only postal applications will be accepted)
Latest News - August 2020
Welcome to the latest edition of the Chrisp Street News which is a little overdue because of the exceptional circumstances that we’ve all been enduring over the last few months.
This newsletter is now going online to enable as many people as possible to access it. However we do understand that not everyone will have access to the internet so if you know someone who would like a hard copy please contact us and we will ensure we make it available.
Coronavirus – staying safe in Chrisp St
Although most shops and stalls have reopened and are trading once again, we still all need to stay alert and be aware of our surroundings, continuing to social distance and following the Government guidelines.
You will notice new signs around the Centre reminding shoppers to keep the 2m wherever possible, each of the shops have implemented their own regime and so you may find slight differences as you shop in around Chrisp Street. Please respect the measures that retailers have put in place they are doing it to keep us all safe and avoid a second spike of infection. And don’t forget the new guideline to wear a face covering when visiting your favourite shops.
The good news is that footfall in the Centre has increased significantly over the past couple of weeks and it is now over 80% of what it was this time last year. This is significantly better than many other High Streets around the country.
Development Update – the latest news on the regeneration
The coronavirus has had an impact on every aspect of our lives and the construction industry is no exception. Many building sites were closed and staff either furloughed or moved around to ensure safe working. You won’t be surprised that this has had a knock-on effect to the regeneration plans for Chrisp Street.
While little has changed in the design of the new Chrisp Street, the situation has put the start date back by at least three or four months, realistically work is not expected to start until the middle of next year (2021).
However even in this climate things have been happening behind the scenes. Although lots of people were furloughed or moved, many also learned the new art of working from home. Meetings and negotiations continued to take place through virtual means like Zoom, Skype or MS Teams and of course the good old-fashioned telephone, albeit mobile!
These meetings have, and continue to be, taking place between all interested parties including TH Council, Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes along with their various legal representatives and consultants. As a result the parties have reached a major milestone in the progression towards a new Chrisp Street that will retain the character and all that is good in the ‘Peoples Market’.
An agreement has been reached that allows the Council to make an order known as a section 203. The s203 allows the variation of access right to properties within the scheme. Most retailers have already agreed to the terms for this and had their leases adjusted to allow for it.
Practically what it means is that when access to service roads or shops or residential entrances are changed or restricted due to construction those adversely affected may be able to claim compensation rather than having to get an injunction to stop the work which would cause delay to the project.
As part of this agreement Poplar HARCA has transferred its land holding in Chrisp Street to Chrisp Street Developments Ltd. CSDL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telford Homes Ltd. The transfer took place on 7 July making CSDL the new landlord for the commercial element of the Center. The managing agent, Knight Frank, remain in situ and will continue to manage the commercial estate.
Poplar HARCA will continue to manage the residential properties with residents continuing to report any issues in the same way as they have always done.
With the scheme being delayed there may be opportunities for enterprising people to explore and test their retail and business ideas. It is likely that there will be some temporary retail space that can be let on a pop-up basis. These spaces would be short term lets with no long-term security of tenure, but will have favourable rental rates.
If you have an idea that you would like to test or want to rent a retail space for a short time please get in touch. We will require a short business plan outlining your ideas and how you propose to finance your project, remembering that we will prioritise retail ideas that do not directly compete with existing businesses within Chrisp Street Market.
Don’t forget though, a market stall is a fantastic way to test new retail ideas. Chrisp Street has a great market that operates six days a week. The market is owned and operated by Tower Hamlets Council, if this is something you’d like to consider you can contact the Markets Department using the contact details below.
If you have specific questions relating to your circumstances you can contact a member of the team on our contacts page where there is a brief description of each person's role which will help you to get to the right person first time.
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